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Did you see Vicky Holland’s emphatic win in Montreal last week?  If not, it’s well worth a watch on replay to see how well Vicky Holland and all the other British women performed getting 2 out of the 3 podium slots.

Their performances are the motivation for our session this week.  We will be doing some of Vicky Holland’s favourite swim drills to start the session – doggy-paddle and fists – before going into the Brownlee set of progressively-paced 100s.  There is a good article with pictures about the drills on the 220 website here.

I would like you to swim of the drills breathing bilaterally which means on the doggy-paddle you will be breathing to the side. You should find this slightly easier than head-up doggy-paddle and it will also allow you a little more rotation.  As you rotate please concentrate and keeping that vertical forearm as a paddle pushing straight backwards through the pull and don’t let it drift across under your body.

See you Saturday!

Rob

October was the month working on body position and now we’re in to November we’ll be focusing on the arm stroke and especially the high-elbow catch.  On the last Saturday of November we will also start our Winter time trials where we set a baseline for measuring any changes in technique and fitness that you make over the Winter.

This week I’d like everyone to think about the start of the pull with a high-elbow catch so we will be doing some new drills to help you work on this.  The drills will go as follows:

  • Sideline kicking
    • Look down and slightly forward so you can see your hand and elbow
    • Make sure the elbow of your lead arm is above your hand all the time
    • This should be quite hard and you will need to flex your shoulder quite a lot to achieve it!
  • Sideline kicking with quarter pull
    • Same as sideline kick but doing the first quarter of the pull with your lead arm
    • Recover the pulling arm underwater, as you would for puppy paddle or doggy paddle drill
    • Swim it slowly without pressing hard – you are not generating propulsion just practising keeping your elbow above your hand and getting ready to catch
  • Reverse doggy paddle
    • Like normal doggy paddle but starting and finishing each stroke with both arms at your sides (like reverse catch-up)
    • Let your shoulders rotate as you would on normal front crawl and breathe to the side
    • Focus on keeping your elbow nice and high at the start and throughout the pull
  • Full stroke
    • Keep the high-elbow catch you have just been practising
    • Do the catch slowly – don’t start pressing hard until your forearm is pointing to the bottom of the pool so you only push the water backwards

 There’s a video also here of me explaining these new drills if you need it.

See you Saturday!

Rob

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