FishEveryone: the Fetchland swimming wire

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24 Oct
7:28pm, 24 Oct 2022
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Northern Exile
I am a *terrible* kicker and really hated the kick drills. My biggest breakthrough came when I realised I swam much better if I hardy kicked at all.
Some people can get away with that LN. Us sinky-leg types have to work at it unfortunately!
25 Oct
10:37am, 25 Oct 2022
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Angus Clydesdale
is it not the case that only a small percentage of our forward motion comes from the legs? Unless you're a SwimSmooth "Kicktastic" of course The primary goal of that kick is to keep your legs and hips up in the correct position.

They reckon ~10%. The rest is chest, back and some triceps
jda
25 Oct
2:27pm, 25 Oct 2022
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jda
I'm much faster with a pull buoy than kicking, and can pretty much get away with arms-only in a (thick) wetsuit, in which case I'm not too embarrassingly slow. My strategy is to avoid normal swimming in indoor pools as much as possible :-)
28 Oct
11:58am, 28 Oct 2022
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Angus Clydesdale
Has you all seen (nota)Lord F's latest blog? Looks Epic! :)

xwing
28 Oct
11:58am, 28 Oct 2022
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Angus Clydesdale
fetcheveryone.com/blog/3
28 Oct
12:07pm, 28 Oct 2022
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KatieB
I’ve seen it. 🙃

I’ve been working on a two beat kick when I’m OWS in wettie. It seems to suit me. Had some coaching at CLS and it helped me understand it a bit more. Need to look at more YouTube stuff though.
28 Oct
12:12pm, 28 Oct 2022
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Angus Clydesdale
Proper 2-beat (as opposed to lazily wafting legs ;) ) is quite hard to master, but the folks I know that do it well are all really good OW swimmers and it suits them very nicely.
31 Oct
3:08pm, 31 Oct 2022
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CasB
Hello fishy Fetchies, could I ask some advice please? I've started getting back into swimming regularly and am wondering whether some lessons might be good, and at what point. I'm confident in the water, very comfortable doing breast stroke up and down for ages, but want to improve my front crawl and hopefully do some OW next year.

I'm doing some drills from the Swim Smooth book but am probably getting all sorts of things wrong and am very slow, so would quite like some expert input. But should I aim to build a bit more endurance first (it's still feeling very much like hard work and I need to pause at the end of each 33M length to get my breath back), or would some help with technique now also help with endurance? And are 1:1 sessions worth the extra money over a term of adult classes?

Thank you!

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A bit of TI, a bit of SwimSmooth, a lot of Fetchie support, advice and bants

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