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Old 04-03-2012
dgk2009 dgk2009 is offline
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Default arm drop while breathing

I cant seem to keep my spearing arm out in front while breathing,I really
struggle with this,any help fellow swimmers,my arm drops too soon.
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Old 04-03-2012
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Default I struggle too

I struggle with this too.

What I find helps is to focus on 2 things, breathing sooner in the cycle, when I am still pushing forward with the spearing arm, and breathing faster, what Terry calls 'sneaky breath.' Turning my head as little as possible and as quickly as possible, to shorten the time.

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Old 04-03-2012
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Try some short repeats where instead of breathing, you simply rotate your head and look towards where you think the air is. The first few times it will feel wierd, but then as you stroke and leave your lead arm suspended out front, you'll get used to roating to look...rotate just a little further and there will be air to sip on. You just have to get used to the fact that you don't need to push up to get air...it's there even when your head is lower down.
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Old 04-04-2012
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Working on some balance drills may also help. Not being able to maintain a long stretched out arm when breathing is usually a balance problem .

Dave
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Old 04-05-2012
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another frustrating day at the pool,some days I feel maybe swimming is'nt my thing.
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Old 04-05-2012
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Default Nodding Drill Guide

In another thread called '25 meters 12 strokes' Suzanne posted a pdf. file of a great way to practice the Nodding Drill. I think this will help you with your balance and arm drop a lot. Check it out.
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Old 04-06-2012
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another frustrating day at the pool,some days I feel maybe swimming is'nt my thing.
Learning to swim as an adult is hard enough that when you manage it, it teaches you that almost anything in life is possible through mindful effort and patience. It is very empowering.

Rather than thinking swimming isnĘt for you, just allow it to take some time, and look for small incremental improvements. Know that thousands of people, many of them on this forum have been exactly where you are now and felt the same initially. Keep going and use this place as required.

At the end of the day its not just about swimming, it goes deeper.

Good practice and hope you start to enjoy it soon.
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Old 04-07-2012
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another frustrating day at the pool,some days I feel maybe swimming is'nt my thing.
dgk2009,

If I had a dime for each time this thought crossed my mind .."I'd be a rich man..."

There is something to be said for being of a stubborn or determined nature. This combined with a strong desire to learn to swim and the addictive nature of the water keeps us coming back. Then one day, that which seemed impossible, just begins to click. On that day you will leave the pool with a huge grin on your face and will be looking for someone to listen to your story of success! (Experience speaking here!)

So play in the water, get used to the water and have fun ! Push your comfort zone just a little with each visit. Set attainable goals and try something new during each swim. Keep a log and look back at your entries and you will be amazed at your accomplishments ... sooner than you think!

Since you're are posting here, we know you have the prime ingredient ... the strong desire to learn.

Good luck !
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