Help / Advice needed
In the last week I have returned to swimming after many many years away from it.
I am from the UK, 57 years old, weight is around (18st / 252lbs, heavy built) and would like some advice on how to be more efficient in the water.
I read the book many years ago and it really taught me alot, especially about the glide section of my style.
I have a Garmin swim and today I was doing 25m in 31-32 seconds, 50m in 103 - 110sec and 100m in 2min :19sec - 2min:30 sec, I don't do a proper turn. My stroke count is between 13 to 14
I do struggle with floating and have been told my legs drag below me.
I am a black man and there is a romour that we do not make good swimmers.
Any advice would be appreciated
I started swimming in my 50's so good job on returning.
I would re-read the material you have but also watch some of the videos here
to get you back in the swing of things.
There is a good chance that your bone density will be higher than your Caucasian counterparts. This should not put you off at all, just means you have to concentrate more on keeping your head down, improving your streamline and maybe upping your stroke rate slightly.
The experts will chime in with more advice.
There are a lot of marathoners on this forum, and some of them have no body fat at all. It's a problem, but not insurmountable.
At 252 lbs, you are either scary strong or you have some fat along with your muscle, and that can increase your buoyancy. In any event, whenever anyone starts to swim they always think they are sinkers until they learn the balance. I wouldn't worry about it. If you stay at the surface when you hold your breath in deadman's float, you're not a sinker. If you can sink to the bottom with lungs full of air, then you are a sinker.
This stuff is all basic swimming knowledge.
This must be as normal as brushing your teeth.
Its all focussed on things that can be improved without taking a stroke.
Thanks for getting back
Yes there is some fat (which I intend to reduce) with the muscle. As for a sinker I fill my lungs and sink, in fact I will do 25m underwater on a single breath, whereas in the past people have told me thay have problems staying down
Thanks for the advice and support. I will have to buy the book again as it has been years since read it.
Good thing we have Youtube
Thanks for providing all that stuff, I intend to swim at least 3 times per week, rest of the week I do archery.
I really enjoy it, and want to improve, not just "play" in the water if you get what I mean
There are many thing on land that work against us, gravity but also SHOES. Damn those raised heels are a reason behind a lot of issues, they promote the pelvis to tilt forward, exagerating the natural slight S of our spine. From there...
Drifting toward another (related) subject.
I've flat foot along with proper attention to my feet (and matching shoes) swimming is helping a lot resetting them in a more proper position. Doing so I realise something (may be more natural to people with better feet), I'm over pronating my feet like crazy. I learned most people do (to various extend). I found that thinking about supination while kicking help settting the foot the best (most aligneed with the leg) position, now I focus on my big toe (the first metatarsal bone actually trying to keep the toes as relaxed and flexible as possible) and pushing it backward. Doing so have me naturally tilting my pelvis into a more correct position (as I tighten my glutes/butt (?)).
Feet in a proper alignement do a much better job at keeping the lower body up and also promote a better poture win-win. (NB like with "claddding" the core body, the trick is doing so with the proper amount of relaxation).
It creates a moderate strain on my plantar fascia (which is normal with flat feet held in tight shoes for too long). The feet are incredibly important, in swimming and overall, they are too often overlooked. Swimming can help getting feet healthier.
Nowadays, many said "black" swimmers compete at the highest level: Simone Manuel, Lia Neal, Alia Atkinson, Coralie Balmy, Mehdy Metella, Cullen Jones, among others.
Who is able to divide the mankind in defined groups such as whites and blacks, anyway?
Such "rumors" are at best groundless, and were originally and happily used to despise minorities in certain regions. Disseminating such "rumors" does not serve the swimming community and should be banned by everyone with a minimum of reason.
Swimming 25 m underwater doesn't make you a sinker. The real test is to lie face down and be still. Let your legs drop into a vertical position, if that is what they want to do. This is what I mean by "dead man's float" because you are not moving. Now, in this position, with your lungs full, do you sink to the bottom? If so, then you are a sinker.
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