I have heard that water is 800-1000 times denser then air. WOW. This makes it a very dense atmosphere to get through. I know what you’re thinking. Of course it’s tough which is why we go so slow through it and it is so difficult to get fast.
I have been swimming competitively almost my whole life and over the last few years have have not had that much interest in swimming for tri’s or even for play. Where in previous years I would swim 10-15,000 yards a week, over the last two seasons that dropped to maybe 3K per week. Pretty miserable I know. Luckily, I never lost the interest or enthusiasm for coaching swimming.
Over the last few months I found my love for swim training again and am back in the water more frequently. This also has brought up my excitement for coaching swimming even more. So, I have been watching my fish in the pool when I coach at night and also more swim videos of our Zenners. I also have been watching race video of the fastest tri swimmers there are like BodyZen Management client Matt Reed and Andrew Johns. So what have I seen? Well my conclusions might trouble a few but here they are:
-Power comes from the synchronicity of the pull, the kick and rotation. When all parts are proper then more distance is covered.
-Hand entry: I will say it now. If your hand is entering right next to your head then your limiting yourself. All the best swimmers I watched entered 10-12 inches in front of their head allowing the chop to be under the head and also the hand will push against less resistance.
-Elbows up on the pull. The swimmers that anchor and pull the water the best are the fastest. No pulling with straight arms under water, no S curve, no crossing over the center line of the body under water.
See good example here:
These are three main points I have observed and so see what they can do to improve your stroke.