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.