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Old 08-26-2009
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There IS one question that I have on this video: Is she kicking with the leg opposite the one that is recovering/spearing? It seems that way to me and I thought it was supposed to be the same side for the kick and the spearing arm.
The kicking leg is on the same side as the pulling arm. That is the usual way to apply the 2-beat kick.
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What is the benefits (or purpose) of pointing the hand/arm down underwater? This ti coach seems to be doing it in extreme. In Shinji's video he didn't point his arm so downward.
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What is the benefits (or purpose) of pointing the hand/arm down underwater? This ti coach seems to be doing it in extreme. In Shinji's video he didn't point his arm so downward.
It depends on your body balance. If your legs tend to sink to the extreme, you could angle your arm downward to the extreme (as shown in the video) to compensate. The benefit for some people is that, while the arm angle creates some drag, more drag is reduced by not dragging the legs through the water. Also, it should eliminate the need or tendency to kick hard to try to raise the legs. Basically, it can increase your relaxation and energy efficiency.

Of course, the swimmer in the video doesn't seem to need to use that extreme angle for regular swimming.
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Old 08-31-2009
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Default the pillow method

"I like to think of breathing like simply rolling my head on a pillow. No lifting, no struggle, just a simple "roll on a pillow." With head relaxed and facing straight down (and blowing bubbles, of course), it's just a simple position rotation with the roll. Keep the head on the pillow, look up at the sky, take that breath, roll back into the water, and start blowing bubbles again."

WOW! I love this imagery. I will defintely use this in my practice. I was on a long swim yesterday, in water that was colder than I thought ( seemed ok going in, but after about 3/4 of a mile, I was definitely feeling too cold), and I could feel my stroke slipping. My neck was sore, and I remembered I had to let the water 'hold' me. But the pillow imagery is perfect!

So, thanks for that mental picture, because it will be in my mind as a great way to remember to let the water hold me. And, the bubbles--YES! I'd be out of breath in one big hurry if I didn't exhale under water and it seems that letting them out NOT all at once, but steadily thru the nose is the way to go. 'Course, that could just be me.

Bye--Jean
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