Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Getting Back into Business

I didn't feel like training for the past few days. With all the junk food in the house from April 1st, it is too tempting. I ate some pringles last night. This morning, I felt sluggish and unmotivated. I serioulsy believe that pigging out like that does wonder to your mind and not just your body. Also make one wonder how come kids these days are so unmotivated. I try to give those Cadbury eggs, but no one wants it. Maybe I can ship it to Nytro :D

My cat, the nature alarm clock, starts meowing all over me at 6:30 am. He was hungry and he knew I was up. I didn't feel like going back to bed. I've decided enough of this laziness. Flipped on the Training mode switch... got up, fed the cat, packed my lunch, headed to the pool.

Spent 30-40 min working on drills. I met up with my Swim Coach last night. I figured I better start doing the drills he told me to do before I forget about them.

He figured my kicking is not hindernig my propulsion, we focused on the arms and the stroke.

Areas I needed to improve on:
- lead with the elbow and not with the hand, left arm, i led with my hand
- when I left up my elbow, I tend to arch backwards (cross my bodyline)
- when my arm is pulled back to my leg, I tense up my shoulder, RELAX (a difficult for me)
- sculling to feel what is like to slice the water.

He had me doing Zipper Switch over and over again. The water was freezing b/c the heater was broken. Bllurr...

He also videotaped me and it looks like I am much better than my swimming rock video. Things are slowly moving forward. I was reading Tri Bible again and Joe mentinoed that when you start to learn a new skill, at first, it is very slow and the more frequently you do it, the better you will get.

Make sense right? This is how it worked into my swimming. I was able to swim 2 km with a bad stroke. Now that I stop kicking as far and kinda improve my stroke, I don't have the endurance to swim 2 km anymore. Weird huh? It's like two steps forward and one step back. I guess my body is still adjusting using the arms as the propulsion and is not getting use to it yet. I ain't concern. Hammer down the technique. Then the distance.

Last night, I swam 21 strokes in a 25 m pool. My coach said he could do 12-13 strokes in the same pool. WOAH :). That's my potential right there. So keep at it. Next step 19 strokes.

The consultation was an hour long but b/c the water was so cold I was done by 50 min. We talked about wetsuit (he might be able to hook me up with some good one). We talked about Total Immersion. His opinion which I believe is also true is that the TI workshops that last for a weekend is too fast. It is like trying to teach a couch potato to how to run a marathon in a weekend. There is too much to picked up. My coach does a two week 10-hour program. It is more gradual and easier to pick up.

For someone like me who can't swim 2 laps, there is no way I can pick up all the TI drills in one weekend. I will absorb some but not everything that it has to offer.

Considering the fact that TI is based on building one skill on top of each other, you can't possibility to learn all that in one weekend. The technology is good, just the presentation needs improvement.

Weather here is still pretty chilly. Today there is a chance of flurries. I can't wait no more. If the weather doesn't get warmer, I am going to get a pair of booties and some wool socks so i can ride in the cold.


Anonymous said...

I wish I could train before work but usually end up rushing out of the door. Good to hear that things are coming together on the swimming. I did some TI classes the end of last year which seemed to help my balance and float abilities a lot but they didn't focus on breathing at all which hendered my progress since that was and still is my biggest problem.

William said...

Sounds like your improving Cliff. Stay motivated!

Cycling Under The Influence said...

Cliff- Have you read the TI book or watched any of the videos?

Habeela said...

Hey, I teach swimming lessons and the first time I made changes to my stroke the farthest I could swim without getting winded was 2 laps. It'll work out in the end because the intervals help build your endurance and while you're working on your form you need the recovery portion of the interval to simply recap what you did well and what you can still focus on. You'll be surprised how fast it comes back!

Bolder said...

keep workin' it Cliff.

you're doin' great!

Steven said...

You're making progress even though on some days it doesn't feel like it. Hang with it, Cliff.

IMmike said...

Stick with it Cliff. You'll get there and be rocking in no time!

Joyce said...

you've just got to post a pic of the booties!

Kewl Nitrox said...

Good job Cliff! Focus on getting the strokes long and you are absolutely right when you said first technique then distance. God Speed!

Hey, how about sharing the new and improved video? ;)

Jennifer P said...

Send me the eggs! Send me the eggs!

I picked up booties at MEC for $35 -- and it's all I needed. Get out there!

And I don't blame you for not commuting where you live -- when I lived down there a few years ago my bike stayed in the garage for 2 years! Winnipeg's actually a cyclist friendly city and there's lots of commuters on the streets these days.

it's only fuel said...

Nice goin' Cliff, you'll get better. I think that if most of us spent as much time in the pool as we do running and cycling, we'd not be so "sucking", you know? :D

Practice makes perfect is the old saying, right?

Mike said...

Your dedication to improving your limiters is pretty awesome! It's really tough with the swimming since running / cycling are so much more fun eh!? Keep pushing!
I took a TI workshop back in the day and it actually helped me a ton. They did state that you would get more out of the class if you had studied the book / videos beforehand.

Battman said...

Your posts are pure motivation. Keep charging!

Al Carter said...

Thanks for your post and well done on your continued improvement in swimming...I love how you flick on the tri switch when you are feeling less than motivated...I want a tri switch!

My swimming issue is that I have NEVER swam a stroke of freestyle in my life. I have only ever swam breaststroke - my parents thought it enough that we could swim, didn't care too much about technique.

So, I've been working through the TI drills and watching the video and I've gotten to the point where I've to put it all together but I don't know how to synchronize the stroke with the breath and the video doesn't go into that as it assumes a certain level of knowledge of freestyle.

So, my next challenge is breathing while stroking...any tips would be greatly appreciated...from anyone

psbowe said...

sounds like you're making great progress there...

I need to work on getting motivated myself...it's been bad lately.

Peter Lawson said...

Keep it going mate, you're on the right track. I'll take a few of those eggs off your hands too. :)

Comm's said...

I dont think I have really gotten much better in my swim time. I can do the distance with less effort but the time still seems the same as last year. Oh well thanks for the reminder of the drills.

Rae said...

Great job with the swimming! Your coach sounds very smart!

Whenever I crave junk food and actually give in to it I usually end up feeling gross, too. I don't think it's worth it in the end. Those Cadbury eggs are so gross! I've never been a fan!

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