I've made a little 50 sec video of my swim on YouTube. Would anyone like to check it out and give some input on where to improve?
Here are my own thoughts. Looking at it I think that the biggest issue might be that I breathe too late which causes a domino effect of bad things - left arm is super straight and seems to help on keeping my balance more than giving propulsion and there is also a slight scissor kick.
What are you thoughts?
Thanks a lot.
Well.. not too bad in a wetsuit, and looks like a nice venue too
A good rhythm through your stroke from the top of the water.
As you say, very straight left arm. You drop the elbow too early. Keep it high.
Late breathing out. Should be breathing out as soon as your head is in the water.
Right arm pulls out to the side to far.
Nice position in the water though with a wetsuit on
A BIG kick from the (right) knee when you breath to the left. Work on kick from the hip.
Northamptonshire based triathlon coach
I thought one should be able to start inhalation some when during the arm up-sweep before the arm exits the water. By comparison - the inhalation is also started during the arms up-sweep in fly stroke, before the arms exit the water - the "lift" from the 2 arms moving back/up, bringing the head above the water soon after the start of the up-sweep! With the single arm up-sweep when swimming FS, the "lift" is obviously lesser, but at a guess, would expect it to be possible to start that inhalation early, maybe when the stroking arm doing it's up-sweep is about 30 degrees below the surface. Of course, this means that the body roll - from "towards the stroking arm", to "away from the stroking arm" - must be done smartly at the transition from pull to push phases, so as to be ready for that inhalation.
Also IMO, it might be worthwhile spending a little time inhaling on every 4th arm stroke instead of 2 - that will give you a bit of time to concentrate on that left arm UW action, to make it similar to the right arm (maybe the "Morozov" straight arm action was accidental while concentrating on getting air!)
As far as I can see, you withdraw your arm from the water OK, with elbow bent, so that comes out first - i.e. can't attribute any water disturbance at arm exit (which might hinder start of inhalation) to pushing a straight arm back/out. Do you ease off the hand/arm pressure on the water towards the end of the up-sweep? That might reduce the disturbance to the water as your arm exits for recovery, making it easier to take in air towards the end of the up-sweep.
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