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Old 03-07-2018
WFEGb WFEGb is offline
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Hello Cathy,

some thoughts, don't know if they'll fit in anyway...

Problem is that I'm moving within days and the new pool is 50m so I can't get away with this one length on one breath thing anymore and I hate to be the wonky one in the pool. I'm a very shy person who generally struggles with self-confidence and going like that to a new pool fills me with anxiety. I really wanted to fix it while still here in my usual pool. Plus I signed up to an OW race for this summer. Not sure what I was thinking!
Ok, a LCM-pool here in Hamburg doesn't have a shallow end, so some of the drills are more difficult. But most have one or more small gym-pools aside, which are ideal for all kind of drills... and have warmer water :-) ...

But LCM-pools are most times filled with kind and helpful swimmers and much less mischievous spa-bathers. Most will be glad to have a look at your drills, before they will start or when they finished their sets. (BTW you should tell them very detailed where they should have to look for, because most of them don't have TI-eyes...)

You should feel as really braveheart and pull much self-confidence out of the fact just doing some drills in the new pool. Do them on the edges to be able to stop at once to reset, never drive yourself into a state of breathlessness (everything will fall appart if so...). And possibly you're the only person in the pool being aware to have an endless way full of challenging joy just in front of you. During the just happened Olympics a Korean adage was: If you want to go for a long march, the first step is half the way. (As mathematician not sure how this will deal with endless ways... but like it anyway.)

Have in mind it is extremely difficult to turn 8% of your body's mass relaxed on your neck while 92% should drive straight ahead. (Terry called it the most difficult exercise in all swimming.) So two things into "the blue sky" (as we in Germany say. Into the deep blue would be better in this case...)

- You are able to look aside and hold your balanced and streamlined bodyline... Try to be aware if you're really in skate-position while doing it. One of my students said the same, but he looked just aside while swimming flat. Did your chin really follow your shoulder? What happens, if you rotate 10 more... as if an apple is glued on your shoulder and on your chin?

- Develop some awareness, of in which moment your body starts to go below surface totally. And then sharpen your awareness, where in your body tension sneaked just before. Most times I (from outside) find tension in the spearing hand and/or arm (sometimes reaching to surface), the shoulders, the neck... and all this unconscious only caused by the thought: I've to turn my head to get a breath. Result is just the opposit: A former on suface well balanced swimmer sinks down 10-20cm away from air...

Sometimes we have to refine a hoped huge step in future for ourself with some smaller steps we're able to take just now... Find some things to enjoy even the smaller steps. Can't imagine anything might be as good as the Kaizen-way (especially TI's).

Best regards,

BTW: I'm in these forums for 5-6years now. It happened only one single time when a poster wrote extremely unobjective and grossly rude comments about a (coach's) video. He got a legitimate writing ban from Terry. All other videos resulted in very helpful hints (my own included)...
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