Not sure who thought this was a good idea, but to me it seems to encourage kids not to get too fast. In fact, a lot of kids would sand bag the entire 2-1/2 month swim season and then blow it out at the City Championships. I like the way Manteca handles their rec league much better. You can swim as fast as you want, but you can only compete during the months of April - Oct (unless you are a high school swimmer). This encourages kids to become better, faster swimmers. Eventually, they make the leap to year round swimming.
|Mayfair pool (Anderson Park) is now a skate park|
Fast forward 30 plus years and I am back on a team (although it is a triathlon team) and swimming laps. I keep waiting for Coach James to yell at me, but he doesn't. He is one of the most patient people I know. I say this because he has been diligently working on my stroke technique since last August and I am finally starting to get it! Yes, I am a bit of a slow learner...old dog, new tricks...whatever ;-)
Currently I am trying to remember/incorporate the following while I am swimming:
- Bilateral breathing
- Hand entry position
- High elbows
- The catch
- Keeping my hands wide
- Hip rotation
- Shoulder roll
- Remembering to kick
- Flip-turns (overrated, in my opinion, for a triathlete LOL)
Unfortunately, I have been unable to do all of these things at the same time with any sort of consistency. When I try focusing on one aspect, another one falls apart. Last night I was concentrating so hard on what I was doing that I ran into the lane line. Doh!
Regardless of my aquatic incompetence, I am persevering. I have a 1.2 mile swim looming in the near future and I need to be ready. Because James has finally gotten my stroke to come together (thank you James!), I now look forward to swim practice. Swimming no longer feels like torture. Yes, it is still a challenge and yes, I have a lot of stuff to work on. However, I am thrilled to be enjoying myself in the pool again. Maybe one day James will let us play "Sharks and Minnows" ;-)