Wow, this freestyle swimming is pretty hard! I'm pretty good with breaststroke and confident in water, but have never really bothered to learn freestyle. Now I figured out might be the time to try triathlon, so I ventured out to try freestyle today.
I have to say I felt I floated like a brick :D Wasn't able to relax at all, breathing didn't feel natural, stroke was underpowered and my legs were all over the place.. I managed to do some 25's and even a couple of 50's by the end, but after 30 minutes I was totally wasted. So yeah, seems to take a bit of training to get used to it. On the positive side, at least there's a potential for shaving plenty of seconds off my 100's! Need to get a timer watch to take with me, next time..
An old thread, but stickied, so I'll use it for my first post...!
A couple of things that have been mentioned, that I agree with: (freestyle)
--swimming is in the arms
--kicking (tho certainly helpful) is not the main part of it
--rotating on your lengthwise axis is very effective (think propeller, or windmill)
(and this is part of a relaxed stroke (and someone mentioned relaxing))
--reach out in front of you as far as you can on each stroke
(glide a tad while reaching)
--follow thru all the way, don't stop your stroke until your arm is fully extended at your leg
(the very last part of follow-thru is what a lot of people miss)
--think of the water as a solid, rather than a liquid
(on each stroke try to grab and hold onto as much water as you can, and don't let it slip away, e.g., by sliding your hand around during your stroke)
Comments that I don't understand are those mentioning the hairline as being frontwards or on the waterline.... In my case, when I swim, the very top of my head is pointed at the approaching end of the pool, and it still does when I rotate to take a breath.
Tho I can, I don't do flip turns. Reason = I want an extra breath at each end. No, I don't pause (except for that breath), but for people here who might feel winded quickly, skip the flip turns and grab some extra air! :)
I'm not a tri person, but I cycle and swim a lot. I don't jog, and certainly never run, tho I do walk a lot with our dog (weather-permitting). I'm 61.
Swimming: Tho fins and pull buoys were mentioned, I'm a little surprised that there's been no mention of hand equipment. Tho I'm neither a swimming teacher nor an expert swimmer, there are different kinds of paddles and gloves that may help either beginners or swimmers in training.
I swim almost exclusively with full fingered Body Glove paddle gloves <<an easy google, tho there are many alternatives. Something like this could help a weak/beginning swimmer feel more powerful, and, if I read the literature right, can make make an experienced swimmer's training more useful (making it more of a resistance training in a shorter time, and less aerobic). Again, I'm not an expert, nor even an amateur trainer, so YMMV.
Second, in addition to the gloves, I swim almost exclusively with two pull buoys between my legs. And I never kick. Just toes pointed, and lower legs crossed.
Weird, huh? And in spite of all that, I'm still offering advice here! :rolleyes: :)
But it works. I usually do 40 or 50 laps, occasionally 60. 25m pool, no breaks. Depending on all the things that things usually depend on, my lap times start at 54 sec., quickly drop to 55, and on a good day I can hold 56 till the end.
Looks like no one is posting here but just in case...
Anyone else sink? Everywhere online you see people who say their legs sink (No kidding, but they are attached to the rest of you haha). Or people who are "nervous" about water. There is advice everywhere proclaiming all you have to do is take a breath and float. All that is useless if you actually DO sink. On a lungful of air.
I've been swimming for a year now, on my own, with the college tri club, and with the local masters club. Still, almost all my energy is spent to keep myself within a few inches of the surface so I can rotate (and push up a little) and find some air. So question:
If you actually sink, and thus swim 100% submerged except for the arms recovering, how can you get air without breaking the streamline??
Try a pull buoy, maybe two...?
Originally Posted by kanazawajohn
We are going to do video series about technique for triathlon.
I wish it could help you.
This is our first chapter.
VIDEO: FREESTYLE SWIMMING TECHNIQUE #1 (Arms underwaters)