2005-08-04

2005-08-04 Swim

Swim. Noticed something today that I should have noticed a LONG time ago. My balance in the water has been consistently off all year. Just when I get my balance back, I lose it. But I didn't realize the obvious: I've lost 30 pounds this year, which OF COURSE is going to change my balance. Duh! I noticed it tonight while doing "finger tip drag" drills. I can't do this drill any more, because my shoulder and head are entirely underwater when I'm swimming slow and with weight forward. This stops me from being able to breath when I roll, which forces me to tilt my head at an awkward angle just to get air. Coach Jim is skinny as a rail and has the same problem. He said the solution for him was to swim harder, which has the natural benefit of lifting him out of the water. So I think I'm gonna stop all this "slow and steady" swimming I've been doing, and start doing some harder sets. Maybe that will fix my balance issues.

Tonight was 200 warmup, then 200 swim, 100 kick, 200 drill, 300 swim, 400 pull, 300 swim, 200 drill, 100 kick, 200 swim, 150 breast. I didn't do extra because I was meeting someone in the parking lot. He needed a bike to do triathlons, but didn't want to spend a lot of money. I introduced him to Jody (my trusty old Cannondale road bike), and let him play with her for a while. They seemed to get along, so for a small processing fee... I allowed him to adopt her.