Marsh Madness, Swimming

I'm going to keep this to a few short paragraphs. This one will be the intro paragraph. We're going with the goal of being prolific bloggers at least through March. And, we'll try to keep them short and to the point. March is going to be swimming. Some tips, tools we use, goggles we like, etc.

Right now, there are article and forum posts galore about swimming and the how to of it...EVF, High Elbow, Anchors, WTF, ETC. Simply put, it is really difficult to learn to swim from a forum post. It is difficult to learn to swim watching Michael Phelps (commonly referenced) or Grant Hackett (also commonly referenced). You can take something positive away, but I wouldn't bet the farm on it.

Today isn't a how to swim post. It is more of a do you know what YOU look like when you swim or what your arms, hands, legs are doing? Have you been video-ed? Or better yet, do you actually pay attention to what your hands and forearms are doing under water? I do. I make sure my hand and forearm are strongly connected so that my wrist doesn't 'break'. I keep my hand relaxed but strong, not worrying about some space between my fingers and not 'cupped'. I can see my pull under me when I'm swimming. My arm seems more straight than bent. There's very little pause or glide out front. Do your feet touch sometimes when kicking? That is a good way to keep them out of the way if your kick isn't good.

Pay attention to what you are doing. Be engaged. Focus on your swim and not your tools or watch. But, resist the urge to do be the guy to the right.