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it felt bad, worse than expected

Published by dan bullock
on August 25, 2020


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It was all so serene until I dived in....

Despite 3months of stretch cords, diligently practiced 3x per week with my Zoom class when I did finally get back into the water it really felt bad. In 45years of swimming I do not think I had ever taken this amount of time out of the water. To my clients I offer them these words of wisdom when they ask how often they should practice 'one session per week is 6 days of unlearning.' All well and good when pools and lakes are open. How about one swim in March and 4months of unlearning! Our lake opened in June and with the extra covid controls in place, extra measures to keep everyone safe it was all hands on deck so no chance to actually swim myself. Not until just a few weeks ago. I have to say it was not great. I felt strong from the stretch cords and fit from my running but together they did not add up to a decent swim around the 1km loop of our lake we hire. Timing, breathing, hand pathways pulling under the body out of alignment, rhythm of my kick was out. I have a lot to work on.  This from someone who swam in the 1988/92 British Olympic Trials and has been working on swim tech for over 40years.


When it comes to competitive sports people we are all in a hurry striving for results. I would use this time to take a step back and try to use the time productively. Sport England pool use guidelines recommend we don't swim above 50beats per min under our max HR so our breathing is not so explosive in the pool environment. Work on your technique - we have a new technical www.sessioninabottle.com on the way that will help you do just this, tech points and drills, video links to help you improve and shape a new and improved FC. Think not what you have lost in 2020 but you might gain for 2021. Goodluck.


 

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Published by dan bullock
on August 25, 2020


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