Training Bregor

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20 October lesson

Post by BREGOR on Mon Oct 23, 2017 12:05 pm

I didn't realize that Cottmiler had also noted the smart outfit worn by our local KPN. I did wonder if he was training me to breathe in a certain way to calm me down.
I still find that the twist of the upper body to raise the head is the action that I have to work on and Cottmiler has helped by using various drills. The pull by the "lower" arm has helped the twist. In the past I had to learn to roll a kayak without using a paddle and remember the hip flick being the key and being difficult to achieve consistently.
I have been encouraged by doing half lengths of my primitive version of the full stroke - at least I seemed to be obtaining a rhythm and more speed to help my body balance. The 6-1-6 exercise will be helpful.
My breaststroke is now firmly at 16 strokes per pool length and I am encouraged by that. I have changed the direction of the arm movements to be more horizontal - as suggested by Don W - and think it is helping.

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Wednesday 25 Oct 2017 lesson

Post by BREGOR on Mon Oct 30, 2017 4:57 pm

The double kick in the breast stroke is a big hit with me - I seem to have added speed where I used to have a glide.
The result was to do the 30m length in one stroke less.
At this stage I still have loads of work to do on the freestyle but feel that my attempts are getting better. Having lost four months of aerobic fitness I realize that just the exercise of breathing in and out heavily is tiring me prematurely. Also I now am trying to breath in "over my shoulder - watching the arm on that side exit the water behind me". As a pupil I like having lots of technical aspects to think of - even with the obvious risk of confusion. When some part of the stroke goes wrong I now have much in my mind to use to guide me how to correct things.
Looking forward to the next lesson.

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Post by BREGOR Yesterday at 2:40 pm

On 16 November my lesson was positive. My initial length of freestyle was still an effort because of the intensity of the breathing. However I then did 3 separate lengths of drills which were far less exhausting. Yes this is trivial unless the fitness of your lungs is a constraint on progress - but it is a step change for me to advance from half length drills to full length drills.
My breast-stroke was now at 14 strokes per length.
Cottmiler has provided me with plenty of drill ideas and what to look for and when he was away one week I found I could usefully practice many aspects.

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