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Old 01-31-2010
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Default one flick kick and do n't bury your head otherwise YOUR GREAT!

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Originally Posted by Ken B View Post
Hi Naj

Congratulations. Not to steal your thunder but I've just had a couple of breakthroughs too. It feels great doesn't it!

While becalmed on Lake Taupo I swam off the boat, tried Coach Shanes's chin tuck and head extension along with tummy tuck
and found to my amazement that I could float horizontally in freshwater. My feet quietly floated to the surface.
It took tremendous concentration and I couldn't always achieve it.
I had despaired of ever doing this in freshwater.

The second event was that I tried an exaggerated cross crawl freestyle and it felt good, if clumsy.

When I got back to my estuary I set off with a couple of glides
and skates left and right then swam determined to focus on posture (the chin tuck) elbow lead, and the cross crawl 2bk.

The posture concentration was too hard so I simply rested my head on the water but the elbow lead felt right and the exaggerated kick quickly settled to a vertical flick.
I usually swim round a pole about 300m out but it flashed by so quickly that I decided to carry on to a jetty.
I hung onto the jetty thinking about what I had just done then swam back past my landing place realizing that in about 1200 meters
I had only thought to check my vertical forearm a couple of times and hardly noticed the pull.


I was surprised at how late in the stroke the kick (toe flick) is.
It accelerates the weight shift rather than initiates it. I stroked back to the landing as fast as I could till the rhythm broke down.
It's taken two and a half years but I may be about to really swim.

It's exciting isn't it?
I'll be watching for your Cook Strait swim.
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Westy

do n't bury your head!
relax it and let the water hold if up for you!
even though you press on your chest or armpit...

and only kick once each time...you are kicking twice!
the two beat kick means one for each side
hope i'm helpin'
Westy

do n't bury your head!
relax it and let the water hold if up for you!
even though you press on your chest or armpit...

and only kick once each time...you are kicking twice!
the two beat kick means one for each side
hope i'm helpin'


So i guess when someone says just swimming helps
it does just that?..huh guys? breakthru's come when YA
NOT EXPECTED IT?

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