Kicking, Why Must I Kick When Swimming?
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Over the weekend I came up with a workout for today which you can read LINK but when I got up and biked to the Culver City Pool my mind had changed a bit. First of all only one other team mate was joining me this morning. Second that person was my coach from yesterday and she was talking about my kicking when I swim. Usually when I swim my feet are two little anchors that just drift back and forth behind me. I don't kick. My little size nine feet do more of a scissor like movement at best and not the fast small kick that is needed. So I decided to work on my kick when swimming freestyle today. Without having our typical intervals I was able to think about my kick. I warmed up a 200 before starting a series of 100's. 4x100's broken 50 drill / 50 swim. I then did a few more 100's I think 4 this time pulling thinking distance per stroke. Then it was kick time.
4x50's Freestyle Swim on a minute.
take an extra 15 seconds
4x100's Freestyle Swim on 1:45.
These intervals were easy as I was really working at adding the kick.
4x50's Freestyle Swim on 50
i rested a bit
4x100's Freestyle Swim on 1:45
then i chatted a bit with the coach about my kick. she was counting my stroke cycle which was less than normal with my kick added in.
400. I kept each 100 on a 1:29 pace. Once again all I though about was kicking and kicking. I don't think my legs moved so much in one workout.
4x50's Kick no board on 1:30.
I just gotta keep on thinking about the kick. I know I've mentioned it before but when the a coach mentions doing freestyle with a 6 beat kick I had to ask what that meant. That was only a few months ago. I don't know if I was doing a 4 or a 6 beat kick I just worked on just putting that kick in. Counting would have over taxed my mind.
I didn't do a whole lot of meters/yardage but it was a quality swim.