Free-10 Brst-6. There's somebody else at the pool today; a tall Chinese guy who did the 25m length breaststrokes. I attempted open turns after a warmup of 3 free and 3 breast laps. I wasn't getting near enough to the wall after touching the wall. Am I lacking speed? The legs are not getting in the correct position to pushoff. I was more successful when I grabbed the gutter because there was a slight pulling on it to raise the head out of the water. I may need to stop this practice of holding and pulling maybe gradually by removing thumb and then the fingers until it becomes just a tap.
I also tried the closed fist drill for freestyle. Surprisingly, I could still swim! - even with closed hands. I could only conclude that body position is very good and that I had good body roll to sustain movement and the (slow) speed. I wasn't impressed much with the drill coz I think I already have good tactile sensitivty. Closed, I could still feel water rushing inside the fist. With focus, I could grab with an open "grabbing" hand enough water and push that water back. Maybe I'll just use this drill sparingly.
Do not waste the speed of the streamline. Wait until you slow down before stroking. To increase endurance with the end result of doing laps on the 25m length:
- Time the rest phase in between widths.
- Do the open turn in every lap or whatever is easy. Gradually move from grab turns to open turns.