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Tuesday, March 17, 2009

The one armed windmill

It has been recently pointed out to me by friends who haven't seen me swim in awhile that I have developed a change in my form. After discussing it with my coach he was interested to see it, so here it is. Rumor has it that having a straight arm isn't deemed such a bad thing by some folks in the triathlon world.

I should tell you that a friend of mine who's husband shot this video and who is a former compatriot of yours and former member of your national Olympic swim squad (1980 - the one that boycotted the Olympics), and future swim coach of my son (when he joins the Drew Sharks) emphatically does not like the flying arm. She thinks I will hurt my shoulder. However, my shoulder does NOT currently hurt during or between workouts.

This video was shot during the back half of a 2 x 1500 meter set in a z2 effort. I swimming fairly easy at a 1:28 per 100 meter pace.

Behold the one armed windmill:


Nick said...

dude, I've heard that whatever happens when you pull that elbow out of the water is your "signature". I'll never miss you in the fish frenzy again!

Wes said...

Ha! I've not seen anything quite like that, but swimming an easy 1:28 means its working for you :-) My only question would be is that the best expenditure of your energy.

Chris said...

Wow! Very interesting Nick. But, I agree with Wes who the heck cares if you are swimming an easy 1:28 on 100...... (I know you want to improve but it sounds like you would have to spend a LOT of time in the pool to fix something that "ain't broken" in a manner of speaking) I would think that the time invested would not yeild the speed dividends that you would expect.