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So Coach Sheldon has these drills he wants me to do. One arm swimming drills. I watched the video, and secretly though to myself, yeah right!<br><br>
So today when I went to the pool, I was planning to try them. I did may warm up and started in on these ridiculous one arm drills. I floundered A LOT at first. Finally I got the hang of it.<br><br>
Then the craziest thing happened. When I went back to my regular front crawl stroke, I was rolling better on both sides, and... drumroll... I can now breathe on both sides! <img alt="icon_cheers.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/icon_cheers.gif"> I have tried, very unsuccessfully to do this in the past and about drowned. But it came WAY easier after these silly drills, and I can feel my stroke getting smoother. It's too soon for me to be faster, I think, but the stroke felt better and smoother. I did take in a mouthful (or 2) of water and had to stop swimming due to the water in my lungs, but only a couple times. <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif"><br><br>
So, from Florida, he managed to teach me to do this. <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif"><br><br>
Maybe those silly drills aren't so silly after all. <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif"><img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif">
 

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Nope.<br>
Not silly at all.<br><br><img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"><br><br>
Drills will frequently feel freaky, and sometimes you don't always know how they fit into the whole stroke. But, damn! if they don't work.
 

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The whole time I was doing them I was wondering what they were for.<br><br>
Now I know! <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif">
 

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Same experience here - I was thinking what good is so-and-so drill for when I first did them and I shelved them and just tried to flounder along.<br><br>
A few months later after mostly frustration, I'd break out the drill again for the heck of it and start doing it with a little concentration and meticulousness. When I went back to the regular swimming stroke, the experience seemed just that much easier.<br><br>
Congrats wyrillco!
 

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WOOHOOHOOTERS!<br><br>
GREAT JOB!<br><br><br><span style="font-size:300%;"><span style="color:#FF0000;">ROCKSTAR!</span></span>
 

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T:.....<br><br>
I'm getting dizzy with the rotating avatars! lol<br><br>
I get dizzy easily enough...no need to help.<br><br><img alt="wink.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/wink.gif">
 

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Sorry. I have ADD if you couldn't tell. It drives Sheldon NUTZO!<br><br>
This is like my 3rd or 4th in 24 hours!
 

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he he he...<br>
I understand ADD.<br>
Lisa and I have it when we're together.....we call it WLADD (weight lifting ADD).<br>
We get bored easily and don't stick with a program.<br><br>
So, we've made a "pact" that we'll finish an entire sheet before we switch things up and around. Otherwise, it's hard to see progress. Everything's too new.
 

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<img alt="banana.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/banana.gif"><img alt="banana.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/banana.gif"><br><br>
I was pretty frickin' proud of myself when I could do it without drowning.
 

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Wow, great news Courtney!<br><br>
Gotta try that too.. but haven't you noticed that after a drill, any drill, you overall form is better for at least a few laps?
 

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It was a major revelation to me when I realized I'm supposed to actually be learning things from all these drills...who knew??? But yeah, a new drill will feel real awkward the first few times.<br><br>
Congrats, though, that's great! And I bet you pay a whole whole lot more attention to all the other drills now. <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
 

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Yeah, Bannon, I probably will! And I won't be doing mental eye rolls the first lap or so. <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif">
 

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I was <i>ecstatic</i> when the 'breathing on both sides' thing clicked! Once I nailed it, I felt like I could swim forever! Great job!!
 
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