Y catch up?

No, not ‘Why catch up?”, but ‘Y-catch up’

We tried a new drill this morning – Free style catch up, but with the hands no coming together, but going out in a Y shape before you. It remains a catch up in the sense that the lead hand awaits the entry of the other hand before the catch is taken and the stroke executed.

I much prefer it to the standard catch up, where the incoming hand touches the lead hand before that lead hand can begin the stroke. The standard one gets the hands wrong and with it, is in danger of allowing the rest f the body to be pulled out of line.

Three cheers for Jill, I will be trying it again.



That breathing thing . .

We all do it, don’t we. Coaches seem born with the belief that swimmers do not need to breathe. Swimmers seem born with the contrary belief – that air is best held on to for as long as possible being released only as late as is compatible with its immediate and full replacement with another quick gulp.

As usual, the swimmer is wrong. As usual also, that does not mean that coach has it just right.
As often, the nice people at SwimSmooth have a thought-through answer. See: http://www.swimsmooth.com/exhalation.html

I like what they write. I shall be trying out their recommended drills when an opportunity next arises. The big issue (for me) is that they do not say whether what is to be achieved is merely learning and internalising a different style of breathing, or whether it is about developing lung capacity – changing the muscle size etc. If it is the latter, it may prove more dificult.

A question – do freedivers use this?

Breast Stroke Drill

My breast stroke has become a little liberated over the last month or so. Not fast enough to be noticeable, but it feels better.

I was thinking of asking our guru (Lisa) about how to move the hands, when along comes:


A drill experimenting with a mini pull in breaststroke. It looks good, and I will definitely be giving it a try.

Overhead sculling

So you thought you had seen everything silly in swimming?

Try this (from the good people at goswim.tv) – Overhead Sculling.

Why? It is possible to swim and get somewhere but still to wonder why others go faster. One good reason is that we feel we are connecting with the water, though in reality we are windmilling. This drill will really test your connection with the water and isolate the hand movements necessary to make progress.

Take the invitation to use a pull buoy seriously.