Advice for a new swimmer.... Swim Training questiolns here.
Hi all...I am new to the triathlon world but am enjoying myself so far....except for the swimming part :( the running and biking are enjoyable and i am able to progress. The swimming is just a losing battle it seems. I can only complete a 50m swim and i am dead in the water. I can swim i have been swimming for years, just not swimming for a purpose. Now as i try to swim my legs sink and my arms just arent "flowing". It seems as though im just tiring myself out and going nowhere. I look at the other people in the water and they seem to glide through with ease. I dont even want speed just not to labor so hard. My question is this....what have you found to be the best way to learn to swim. i cant afford a coach right now, but was there and book, dvd, pointers in general that helped you learn to swim the proper way.
Thank you all,
RE: advice for new swimmer
I know you said you couldn't afford a coach - I assume you meant a private coach. You may want to check out a local masters swim team. You'll find a mix of swimmers and triathletes of various abilities.
Check out this site: http://www.usms.org/placswim/
Avoiding the legs dropping while swimming
There are a few things that you can do:
1: Get a pool buoy and use this to help you develop good body position awareness in the water. It a compressed foam floatation device that you put between the thighs and helps keep your legs in a more desirable position.
2: Strengthen your Core Stabilizers - this will help you to maintain the ideal body position when you eventually start to transition away from the pool buoy.
3: Develop your kick - if your legs are active, they won't have time to sink.
4: I try to imagine that I am swimming "Downhill" which forces me to pull my legs up an inch / 2 higher behind me.
5: Read Total Immersion by Terry Laughlin - easy to read, concepts are simple.
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I hope this helps you a little bit