The CalTech Pentathlon is only about a week and a half away so I have a very short time to learn to swim breaststroke. I find it a testimony to my laziness that I can swim butterfly, backstroke and freestyle with some good speed but flounder when it comes to breaststroke. The stroke of breaststroke just seems to have all these different elements to it that my body rebells against.
Starting with the push off I'm screwed right off the bat as I can never get the timing right to surface at the right moment. In breaststroke you have one underwater pull and you cannot pull again to you break the surface. For me several things happen that make this almost impossible. Sometimes I do the pulldown and I'm surfacing before my arms get a chance to recover. Other times my arms are out front past the recovery and I'm so far underwater still I just have to wait and float to the surface. Most of the time I can do the one butterfly kick that is allowed but today for example if I rush my walls in a fast turn I forget to take that butterfly kick.
Once I do break surface my body rebels as my legs don't like kicking at all never mind in an outward sweep. My right foot always breaks the surface and grabs air. I don't know why it does that I can only guess that with my right arm being strong than my right I'm off kilter when I swim. Oh yeah, at the gym I realized my right arm can lift at least 5 more pounds then my left. At the very end of the kick my legs do not have "the snap" and sort of just flounder about.
As for my pull that is just a whole other mess. My pull is my own little invention that may or may not even be legal. I don't really know how I should be pulling and just try to rush my arms down before I pause. After my pull I have an extremely long pause as my arms try to figure out how they are going to get to the recovery position. Once they do arrive I don't know how to place my hands. Do I put them hand over hand or do they just lay out in front of my like superman?
It's no one's fault but my own for my lack of understand of the basic mechanics of the stroke. I just don't swim it as much as I do all my other strokes. And when I do swim it I do a whole range of moments to delay the actual swimming of the stroke. I toss in lots of butterfly kick of the wall to avoid swimming. I don't think I've ever done a one hand touch in the stroke. Usually I do a one arm free pull and glide into the wall. From time to time I have swam a 25 breaststroke in a 100 IM at a swim meet. That is when my lead turns into me being last in the event. Breaststroke is my recovery stroke. I figure even when I do my best to attempt the stroke I'm going to fall behind so take it easy and recovery for the free.
I'm talking about breaststroke as today I put a little focus on it. Mind you it wasn't a good focus but at least I have about 5 more swims before Cal Tech to figure out how to swim a 50 breaststroke without getting DQ'ed. Or stay home and play Lego Star Wars on my Wii.
Warmed up a lazy 100. Too busy being a chatty cathy. The coach later announced that she'll be giving more structured warm ups in the future.
100 Kick - 25 on your stomach / 50 with this drill that has an underwater recovery which makes you torque side to side in your stroke / 25 kick on your back
We stopped after this so the coach could so us all how to do the 50 kick-drill correctly. I still am having a time grasping it.
Then it was a 50 drill one arm and a 50 swim.
Repeating 3x or 3x200's. (600/700)
4x100's on 1:20. I didn't put in great times but I did times closer to what I should be doing. I descended the 100's out of habit still only managing a 1:10 at the end. It just baffles me that my LCM times may out pace my SCY times at this rate. (400/1100)
We did something pull. A 200. I took my time went second and then for the last 50 went third. I was counting my strokes per lap and came to the conclusion that depending on whose draft I'm cruising on I have various stroke counts. So I was playing off the various swimmers drafts. (200/1300)
Then we moved on to the stroke component.
3x100's (50 kick / 25 drill / 25 swim) I think. This workout is a blur to me. (300/1600)
3x25's on 30/30/50
100 IM on 2:00
Yeah I was in a slower interval today. The set was 3x with the 25's being IM order. Each round a stroke. For the last and breaststroke round I moved to the back of the lane and did the 25's and the 100 all breaststroke. I was hoping as in all my other strokes that over time my stroke will fall together and click. No such luck. No 200 breaststrokes in my future. (525/2125)
Then we did 2x25's off the blocks sprint which I did breaststroke and 1x25 free recovery back to the blocks. I then did a 50 breaststroke pull thinking that if I can't swim it maybe I can muscle my way to get some speed. That didn't work out so well. (125/2250)
Wow. 2,250. Really. It's not the quantity of the yardage it's the quality. When it comes to kicking and drilling I have no problem going to the back of the lane and taking my time to get it right. I know that my technique is lacking and that once I start pulling the stroke apart I have no speed. Kicking alone I got nothing. One arm drill, nothing. But jumble it all together and somehow I can manage some speed.
MTD Yardage: 47,000
MTD LCM: 9,800
YTD Yardage: 111,700
YTD LCM 9,800