Friday, April 13, 2012

It should all come from the kick

I'm getting it now, I really am.

Well, at least my mind gets it even though my body hasn't figured it out quite yet.

I have been doing lots of kick work over the last few weeks trying to figure out how to keep my legs straight, my toes pointed, and still push down and up hard enough to power the stroke. It's clear that my legs aren't strong enough to handle the correct technique. Jen recommended sqats and lunges to get them in shape, but I'm wondering what I can do now to take advantage of my kick for the upcoming season? I sure could use that strength when I move training from the pool to the ocean.

I'm meeting Jen and fellow swim pod-ee Heather at the pool tonight to work on more timed swims and yup, you guessed it, more kicking. I'm hoping the technique will continue to get better so I can make up what I am lacking in strength with a better understanding of how to take advantage of body position.

Meanwhile, pushing myself in the timed swims has been a struggle, but a necessary one. A couple of weeks ago I completed 500m in 9:14 but on Wednesday night we did another 500m benchmark and I was back up to 9:33. My focus is to continue pushing myself out of my comfort zone (slow and easy) and continue also to play around with speeding up and slowing down during my longer sets so I can develop a feel for how long I can maintain a certain pace.

It would be a lie to say that the spring sunshine isn't making me a little restless. I look forward to the day that I can get back into to the ocean but it will be an adjustment, for sure. This is the first winter in years that I can remember staying completely out of the ocean. I know the jostling of current and waves will be a bit of a wake up call. Still, I won't be sad to leave chlorine behind - my hair, skin and sinuses will certainly thank me.

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