I started lesson 3 the week before vacation but I didn't feel like I had a good handle on the drills so I am repeating the lesson this week.
Lesson 3 (Swim with your Body) includes the following drills:
Two Pause Switch
One Pause Switch
One Arm Switch
Rhythmic Switching & Breathing
When I bought the DVD I also purchased the Total Immersion book. I have been watching the DVD but have only managed to read about half of the book. Monday night I was reading through one of the chapters & came across a section about kicking. The section started off with the question 'why do I go backwards when kicking & drilling?' That caught my eye since that is exactly what was happening to me when doing these drills. I read further & they said the main reason for this is inflexible ankles & the 'adult onset' swimmer followed by lack of coordination. I am pretty sure I suffer from all of those issues!
The book recommended trying fins for drills in lesson 2 & on. I brought my fins to the pool this morning. They made a big difference! I did a gentle kick just to keep forward momentum. They allowed me to really focus on the drills.
At this rate it will be around middle of February before I get through all the lessons. I am really trying to give this an honest effort & today was the first day that things started to click. I am going to try to get in the pool 3-4 days a week before work.
I am using the below lamp to help me get up these cold dark mornings. It is a sunrise lamp. About 15 minutes before the alarm is set to go off it gradually gets brighter & brighter. I have had it for years but haven't used it since moving to Lexington. I pulled it out on Monday & have been using it since. It also helps that I have to get out of bed to turn it off!