being the image geek i am, i've made some nifty little comparison shots so we can see the action from my swim assessment. firstly i must apologise for looking so ridiculously hideous. what can i say. i'm underwater in a tank.
1. hand entry
firstly let's start with my hand entry point. this wasn't actually discussed during the session but something i spotted while running through the video for blog readiness. so anyone feel free to correct me if i'm mistaken. but this is something that's been picked up before, and maybe i've got lazy over time. the left arm is extending out there (possibly overextending), and the right arm is dropping in too short. damn.
you can see this big time on the front view. you can also see that i'm crossing over too far on the left stroke (i've photoshopped a white line to show that. see how geeky i am. that's so football replay).
2. left side breathing (during extension drill)
this is where i need to work the most. here i am doing the extension drill. i did the drill twice, and you can see a massive difference just in doing it twice. my upper body isn't rotating enough on the first drill, which is causing me to flail my little arm in the background. dan then told me my shoulder should be out of the water and it was a light bulb moment. hence the better rotation on the second drill!
3. right side breathing (during extension drill)
so this one was a little better on the first drill, but you can still see my shoulders aren't rotated enough. also maybe my arm is a bit too high. big change again on the second drill, where i've streamlined myself a helluva lot. i'd say about three minutes over a 1.5km. not sure where that figure came from, possibly a place we don't discuss in polite company.
brilliant! am super excited to head to the pool now, armed with all my faults (no pun intended. actually, was that even a pun?) happy swimming!