I'm an ok swimmer, having taken my first triathlon swim class last fall that lasted about 6 months. I'd go every Sunday night for an hour with a group of friends and the course was actually taught by my neighbor, a multi-IM finisher and all around nice guy. My swim times improved from 2:00 min/100m to 1:40 - 1:45/100m.
The swim clinic I am taking now takes things one step further and really teaches us the mechanics and flow, but coupled with demos from the coach and video analysis of our technique, we are getting some amazing feedback.
If you are looking to swim IM distance (or Olympic or longer, for that matter), one of the things we looked at today was stroke count versus speed - in fact, trying to find the right balance. Here is what we did:
- Swim 50m, moderate effort, count your strokes. Then
- Swim 50m, moderate effort, watch your time. Add the two numbers together. Then
- Play with things a little:
- Swim faster (hard), counting your strokes. What did it do to your time / stroke count?
- Swim as "perfectly" as you can (reach, good tempo, glide). Effect on time / stroke?
An output of the clinic is a disc with our videos...That will take a bit of time for the coaches to compile so I'll post likely in about a week or so about the finale of the camp. Until then....