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Old 07-16-2009
atreides atreides is offline
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Originally Posted by ayesr View Post
When I do my 2BK version with the one-foot flick, I noted that the other foot, though drafting along was moving up-down, providing a sort of counter-balance with the foot-flicking foot, if you get what I am trying to convey. Couldn't you be doing the same?

I knew that the 2BK - with foot-flick (I initially described it as foot-driver, in my earlier threads) - was working the way it should (for me at least) was because of the following:
a. it produced the propulsion to initiate the hip-drive
b. it produced the glide to be able to spear entry the hand quite "gracefully" (if you know what I mean)
c. it produced a sense of ease, satisfaction, to be able to be moving forward, with seemingly effortless manner (can't seem to pin down the right word)

Combined with the energy savings from the marionette hands, relaxed head position, patient hands (though I still have to do more focus on this), I felt that I still had enough "gas" to go on and on.

But we'll get there someday - developing endurance, being able to do the right stroke repeatedly - as CEO TL said, it may take time before we feel that we're there.

ATReides, try and try, experiment, focus...

Thanks for the encouragement, Ayesr. I swam briefly this morning but did mostly what I had been doing. I've been focusing on my stroke mechanics- wide tracks, raised elbows, soft hands. I'm glad to report this part of my swimming is coming together. Still not as consistent as I would like but better. I'm going to try to practice the 2BK out of a superman glide the next time I go. A guy in the lane next to me told me that I should get a pool buoy to make everything easier. I smiled and told him that I had a tendency to get too reliant on stuff like that. That wasn't entirely the truth. I have a buoy and a set of fins. But I now prefer swimming without them. In fact, I put the fins on the other day to work on my stroke. But even without kicking the "unloading" that they performed destroyed my timing and the keys to the patience in my lead hands. I'm not sure what that means but maybe it means I've gotten better. Thanks again.
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