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Old 09-07-2013
Grant Grant is offline
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Originally Posted by daveblt View Post
I watched the webinar too and you know something ,the past couple months I have been trying to figure out a way to swim backstroke without water washing over my as I recover my arms . You would think I would know how to after swimming TI for almost 18 years. I've tried slightly different head positions, a shallower catch , wider tracks and a slight increase in speed of my recovery arms with almost no change .Not that it bothers me at all but I often see people swimming backstroke with no water at all washing over their face. So I guess I'm not going to worry about it too much anymore because I don't think it can be changed and now I realize it's okay if water washes over my face. The only other thing I can think of is when I swim backstroke my legs usually trail behind me with very little kick so maybe that could have a little something to do with my body position so it's something to work on. One more thing , my wife is a non swimmer afraid to put her face in the water but she can do a very good back float though with out any kick at all and just lay there . I have to at least kick slightly in back float to maintain my position in the water or I will start to sink. So maybe it's my body type .Any other thoughts about this are welcome .

Hi Dave. No big insights. The following are my experiences with back stroke. I am 5 ft 9 in and 167 lbs. I can't float on my back like your wife, which incidentally my wife can float in almost any position but like yours does not like her face in the water. Back on subject. With backstroke I have always had to do a gentle flutter kick to keep horizontal. Doing a two beat kick does not work as well on my back. The flutter kick is very shallow but distinct. I have never mastered the six beat kick. I remember years ago Terry saying to time the catch/pull when the recovering arm has left the water and is at 45 degrees. This
seems to work.
Full disclosure - I swim with a nose plug in practice to minimize my allergies. I swam a few lengths without the plug and the the water never went into my nose. So I think my head position was right. Now that I think of it a small amount might have entered but it was easily cleared.
As I mentioned in another forum when I don't kick at all on my back my feet sink and perhaps (don't know your body shape) a gentle kick would get you into a more horizontal position. Something to try. The quest continues.
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