I think I should record the diagnosis before I forget:
- My kicking seems ok and I am no longer swimming with "sinking feet". Yay! All the kicking drills prescribed by
Keithmy mysterious swim guru buddy must have worked!
- I am pronating my body well and turning my head to breathe, but when my arms get tired, I revert to the heads up, ass down position. :(
- My hands are entering the water too close to my head and hence giving me a short stroke. I need to extend my hands further out to get a longer stroke.
- I am already doing the "S" pull under water, but my hands cross over the center line of my body and they should never do that.
- I am raising my arms too high in recovery and hence using up unnecessary energy. I should focus on a elbow-led recovery.
- I am not putting enough into the last 1/3 of the stroke when pull crosses over to push - i.e. when the pulling hand crosses my chest and turns into a push towards my feet. He says this is the most important part when it comes to propulsion and I am not putting enough into it.
On the biking front, I asked my dear wife to snap a couple of pictures of me in aero position as a check and here is one of them. In case anyone thinks the picture is blurred because I was FLYING, I must confess that it was taken on my 2M pixel camera phone, which is not too good with action shots in dark underground carparks. A couple of interesting observations - (1) I am still pretty stretched out on the aero bar, but if I put the bar any shorter, my weight rests too near my wrists and my fore-arms get uncomfortable; (2) I am sitting rather far back on the saddle - perhaps a proper Tri saddle with more padding up front will help? I was a bit concerned if my saddle was too low, but it seems okay in the picture ya? Any advice/suggestions from the bike gurus out there will be much appreciated!
I'm not sure if I will have time to post while I am on the road, so until next time, thanks for dropping by, train safe and God Speed!