What's with the "wait for it"? Do threads with polls show up initially without the poll?<br><br>
I'm <i>way</i> faster with the buoy - or when wearing a wetsuit. I have "dense" runners legs, inflexible ankles, and a lousy kick. Which means I normally slow myself down when kicking/dangling legs. With the added buoyancy of buoy/wetsuit, I'm much higher/more horizontal in water - and faster. Fewer strokes/length too.
I love the buoy! I swim faster and easier. Without it, I'm a sinker with a useless kick. I have to kick like a mad woman to try and stay afloat. Not a pretty sight.<img alt="sad2.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/sad2.gif">
Way faster with it. Tells me something's wrong with my buoyance and/or kick. This may be obvious but for those who are having trouble using one, be sure that the fat/thick part is behind you.<br>
If your faster with the buoy, then you need to work on your kick, your balance and your position in the water.<br>
If your about the same, you need to work on your balance.<br>
If your faster without it, you should use it to reinfoce good body position when you have longer sets.<br><br>
remember the kick on side drill.....<br>
that's balance work.<br><br>
There's a variation of that where you keep both arms at your side as well.<br>
You can do it arm up and arm down looking a bit down at the bottom as well.<br><br>
Also remember the conversation about feeling as if you're swimming downhill? That's related to balance.