Monday, January 22, 2007

The Stroke

Saturday afternoon's stroke clinic had 8 members of our Hammerheads Masters swim team and a handful of additional folks coughing up a fee to attend.

Swimmer/Coach Jeanine ran the session with Coach Alex assisting (and I suspect supervising). Swimmer/Coach Jeanine is a Masters swimmer and coaches the youngest members of the local age group Stingray Swim Club. Coach Alex is subordinate to the Head Coach of Stingray (Dominic Ross). Masters Coach Mike did stick his head in for a bit, but said nothing.

After a few easy laps of freestyle we went into drills across the width of the pool. Several drills were ones that Total Immersion folks would be very familiar with, starting with side kicking with arm extended. Some drills heavily featured extended intervals of side kicking - along with my six hour trainer ride earlier in the day, that may have impacted my run on Sunday morning. There were also a couple of sculling drills, and swimming with fists, all designed to work on initial catch.

There was little individual attention, but just doing the drills was worthwhile. Coach Alex made two comments to me: to not keep my mouth out of the water at all times in the side-kicking drills, and that my finger tip drag drill was very good. I think after the first correctional comment he felt compelled to make a praising comment.

The optional end of the session was some work on flip turns, which I did.

Post-session we had pizza and energy drinks - woo woo, calories!

A good day. Swimmer/Coach Jeanine pledges that there will be more.


Blogger Wendy said...

Pizza! Sadly, I guess neither Coke nor beer qualify as energy drinks ...

Sounds like a good session.

1/22/2007 10:18:00 am  
Blogger Brent Buckner said...

I think on the run leg of an iron-distance tri, (flat) Coke does count as an energy drink!

1/22/2007 10:43:00 am  
Blogger Wendy said...

Cool ... well, probably room temperature, actually ....

1/22/2007 03:32:00 pm  
Anonymous Nigel. said...

Beer does contain valuable food energy...

1/22/2007 03:44:00 pm  
Blogger tri-mama said...

Oh, coke definitely counts. The pros pick it up almost exlusively at the 11 mile aid station in Wi. Beer is a vital part of recovery as far as I'm concerned.

1/23/2007 11:10:00 am  

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