So as a little xmas thing I have been trying to get to all our fitness sessions to film. Thanks to Maria for helping at Kings X while I was at a funeral. You can find your footage on dropbox. Click on the link to see your swims in real time then slow motion.
Walthamstow – Thurs AM
Kensington Thurs PM
St Pancras – Monday PM
From the submerged head on view – key points
Head still unless breathing, a few mm gap between the fingers. Symmetry of arm movements will keep you straighter.
Minimal exposure of the leg kick, keep them hidden behind the body. Not leaning on a straight arm to support breathing which will push you up, not pull you forward.
We should never see the palm of the hand from this angle. High elbow <I prefer wide elbow> but as long is it stays above the hand you are on the right track after an early pivot at the elbow <not the shoulder.>
Relaxed exhale through the stroke until the sharp intake of breath as you turn to breathe. We should not see the face from this angle! top of head, a little of the forehead. Look forwards but do not face forwards.