We are going to be doing some “slow arm recovery” drills during Saturday’s session when we focus on distance-per-stroke, so check out the following video again if you have forgotten what it is:

The other topic I wanted to mention is that I think it is important that everyone thinks about being their own swimming coach to complement the coaching that you get from others and myself.  By that I mean 3 main things:

1. Adjust sessions to your needs, where appropriate

2. Do some research about what you can do to improve your own stroke

3. Ask for feedback about your swimming

You may need to adjust the swimming sessions you do for many different reasons.  Before a big race you may need to take it easy and reduce how hard you swim a session or similarly if you have recently been injured and are getting back into it.  Also, if the lane gets crowded you may need to adjust either the gaps between swimmers or the rest intervals to make sure you can all still swim properly for each repetition in the set.  I do also make mistakes sometimes in setting the turnarounds so if you and your lane are doing an aerobic pace set and getting either less than 5s rest or more than 15s then adjust the turnaround accordingly, but trying to stick to the pattern of the set to keep the lane together.

I think you can learn a lot about good swimming by watching good swimmers – especially at events like the Olympics where there is good underwater cameras.  For example, see:

(thanks to Tim for this!).  Most of us could improve our strokes a lot by picking out some of the key things in top swimmers strokes that make them fast – typically the strong underwater stroke and excellent streamlining and body position.

Finally, do ask me, other coaches or fellow swimmers for feedback.  One of the hardest things is knowing what we look like sometimes and asking someone to give you some feedback can be really valuable.  You should be able to build up a picture of what is most important for you to work on in your swimming so if you are trying to improve ask for feedback to see if you think it is working.