Sunday, February 5, 2012

Total Immersion Lesson 5

I have been on this Total Immersion kick for 9 weeks now.  Today I started the drills in Lesson 5, actually it is just one drill, overswitch.  Basically, this drill introduces you to your new stroke.   While doing this drill the focus is on hand/arm entry, being patient to start the pull, soften the recovery & moving silently through the water.  Quite a bit to think about.

I am really glad that I have put the effort into this.  For me it works.  I like the step by step drills they lay out in the video/book.  While repeating these drills over & over the past few weeks I am finally understanding what my masters coach was trying to tell me.

Since the beginning of January I have been ramping up my time spent in the pool.  My goal is 5 days a week.  Before I started this I would never have been able to do 5 days a week without bad pain in my shoulders.  Now I barely feel a twinge.   Today I felt like swimming was effortless & that I could swim forever.   I am pretty stoked about that!

The book has 1 lesson left & the video has 3 lessons left.  My goal is to continue working on lesson 5 & at least try lesson 6 once before the the TI clinic on the 18th.

To celebrate my effortless swim this morning I rewarded myself with a new swimsuit & cap today.  I really needed a to get a new suit in the circulation.   2 of 3 of my current ones are pretty threadbare & have been threatening an indecent exposure incident for weeks.

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  1. I've decided to take swimming lessons from a total immersion coach. Theres actually one in the next town over.

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    1. cool! I couldn't find one close by. Good luck! Can't wait to hear how it goes.

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  2. I really like your new suit! I have been thinking about the total immersion, however, I have realized that no matter what method I try, I can't seem to do anything without an actual person to watch me and provide feedback. Maybe because that was how I started out, getting help from my tri team folks. After reading this and watching that, I finally bit the bullet and will be taking a few private lessons.

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    1. That is why I decided to take the workshop. I feel I have gone as far as I can go without feedback.

      Good luck with the lessons. They will help I am sure!

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  3. I need to go through my total immersion stuff again. I think it is the best! But (and I started to blog about this and I am sure I will have it finished by next month) I can only breath on my left side. I think I need to find a TI coach. Glad it is going so well!!

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  5. I've watched that online demo tape and check out his kick! Instead of a steady paddle he flicks with each foot at he rotates. Plus, he has this crazy good ability to keep his head down, almost totally underwater while swimming, only comes up to grab air!

    I'm ready for a new suit too! Bordering on indecent exposure!

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    1. Wow - I never watched that video before. That is amazing. The water barely moves too. Crazy.

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  6. pretty! swimoutlet.com? I usually buy the grab bag suits for $10 and take what they send me. Who cares if it's ugly? lol

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    1. Not this time - I bought it local on sale. I have done the grab bag too but I wanted a fun suit instead of another ugly one. :-)

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