It was my penultimate swimming lesson of the term last night before the Easter break and it was a very good one.
Peta had told me at the end of last week that I had to 400m ( 16 lengths ) warm up before the class started, I was swimming along feeling good and actually did 500m ( 20 lengths ). I really felt like it was coming together, I’m holding my body better in the water and really have the hang on bilateral ( both sides ) breathing.
The lesson started with a 100m warm up with the others. Then it was the following :
8 lengths holding a float vertical in the water to create more drag – really working the legs, my calfs were screaming at me at the end of that one.
4 lengths ( 30 sec rest ) of full crawl with no breathing
8 lengths of arm action with a float in between your highs, concentrating on high elbow and the glide of the forearm into the water, hitting the “sweet spot” ( the point where your arm is fully extended and you naturally feel like you are gliding through the water ) and then the pull.
4 lengths race with the others, I had to give them between 1/2 and 1 lengths start.
Then we spent a while practising tumble turns – I’m not very good at this as it needs good co-ordination ( I need to practice ahead of Skipton ) and diving.
In the next lane was a Triathlete in his wetsuit and his style was brilliant to watch, Peta says mine is at that level now and that I just need to concentrate. For next weeks lesson I have to go in my wetsuit to practice, should be fun.
And oh yeah for next term I’m being promoted from the improvers class to the advanced, not bad eh ?