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Old 06-10-2011
yann yann is offline
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Hi,

It's been a year and three months I started learning TI freestyle (two years ago I wasn't able to cross a 50m pool). I think it's time for me to dare showing you my current level. I'm going to take my first TI swimming lesson in UK in a month (with Ian Smith), so for now I've been only using TI DVDs&book.

I've shot a few sequences two days this week and I tried to get my stroke recorded to every possible angle: here it is my video

My personal opinion about the things I need to improve:
  • I need to quit the feeling of accelerating/decelerating I currently feel (by improving my catch?)
  • My 2-beat kick should use my whole leg, and not only the part under the knee (no clue how to do that for now...)
  • My hands are not relaxed (but they don't make my hand scoop up, so is it a problem?)
  • Even if my balance is not that bad, I'm still swimming too much uphill.

What do you think? What should be my next priotities?

Yann
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Old 06-10-2011
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What a fantastic pool... where is it?

One thing I could notice: you're not extending fully, your arm enters the water with a bent elbow.
you can see that clearly at around 2'40

my two eurocents :)
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Old 06-10-2011
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What a fantastic pool... where is it?
Lausanne, Switzerland.

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your arm enters the water with a bent elbow
Very good. I hadn't noticed that. It is even worse when I breath. Indeed a focal point to work on.

Thank you
Yann
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Old 06-10-2011
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Your recovery is hand-led, not elbow-led.
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Old 06-10-2011
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Nice video and nice pool !

I would work on balance. The feeling of accelerating/decelerating which you currently feel is certainly due to the increased drag produced by your not-so-perfect position in the water. Improving your hand recovery (elbow-driven) might also help you get your hips and legs more horizontal.

So if you get a better balance, you'll create less drag and you'll probably less have this feeling of accelerating/decelerating.

I would then work on your kick: use your leg, start your kick from the hips and try to lengthen your ankles (this also produces drag). And then, building on your improved balance, do some fine tuning to optimize your kick. I would aim at making less bubbles.
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@Laurence
Good point, I've never noticed that.

@Fisch
I agree with the balance comment. I'd never linked the elbow-driven recovery to the balance, but that can be a good point. Personally, I think my balance is impaired by my kick. Because I bend my knee so much I had trouble with my feet going out of the water. So I decreased the amplitude of my kick, but probably also corrected the body position to avoid the problem. I remember feeling my hip were to high to kick properly. Some self correction I need to undo...
My problem with the kick is that I know I should kick from the hip, but I don't know how to make that happened...

Many thanks for your suggestions!
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