Exhale from Nose in the Fly

I'm still on sick leave but after taking the munsci kids to school, I went for a swim. And since there was no hurry, I stayed at the pool until 9am. Yehey! And just to feed me there, I brought 3 bananas and lots of water. The pool floor was still dirty though. I don't think the pool boy was into cleaning thoroughly as he claimed. So I stayed mostly on deepend side where the floor tiles were cleaner. The dirty tiles elsewhere certainly affected how much I wanted to stay and practice. And so it was mostly widths for me today. I would've wanted to do lengths, but ... ugh... yuck.

Today I felt that I wasn't exiting my arms out cleanly in fly. It was as though I had too much water to push out and it was delaying the recovery. And so I experimented on a couple of action items to see if they improve the recovery:
  1. Undulate more. By doing so, the body doesn't stay flat and when the torso rises, the arms should be at a height where they could clear the surface.
  2. Focus on exiting with the pinkies out. This way, the hand at the last instant, will slice the surface rather than continue pushing more water.
So far, the 2 above seemed to help. Is it the correct solution? I don't know, but I'll look more into it and continually search for solutions.

I also experimented on breathing out through the nose rather than the mouth. I felt it cleared easily after finishing a width. I was not used to it before, preferring just exhaling through the mouth. Sigh! Decisions, decision. I can't imagine exhaling FULLY from both at the same time though.

Talking of solutions, here's a book I've been keeping all these years (long before I even got swim lessons). I've had it since college, just kept it, hoping to finally use it someday. Needless to say, it's a rare book now. And it's been a very good reference.

The photos are those of famous swimmers like Mark Spitz, Gary Hall Sr., etc. and the pics, though black and white, are very clear. Here are frame-by-frame shots of the sidestroke. Notice the frayed and splitted middle of the book.

The drawings are a bit crude and funny though. They remind me of the ancient scientific drawings of the renaissance men like Da Vinci's flying machine.

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Anonymous said...

Interesting book.