Thanks again. I am not aware of the swim golf technique, but I will look it up.
My first posting was fresh from an extremely dissapointing and even embarassing race. However, after cooling off, I am now ready to make the changes that will make the difference. There is an interesting article that I read on one of the threads here that talks about optimism in sports that kind of describes the path I feel is right for me.
I will keep you posted on how I progress and ask you to do the same so we can exchange "best practices". By the way , what age group are you competing in?