Video of Chicago Triathlon Club member Bryan Mason swimming at an indoor triathlon. Videographer and fellow CTC member Charles Wu analyzed Bryan’s swim stroke. Bryan swims at about a 22 min per mile pace. Look at his head, arm and hip position. That’s pure beauty. You don’t get that from swimming aimlessly in a pool for long periods of time. You get that from perfecting your technique.
BREATHING AND OPEN WATER SWIMMING
Here’s a playlist of some of my favorite breathing drills as well as open water swimming tips. In swimming you need to breathe constantly that’s in and out of the water. Never hold your breath. That creates panic, builds up CO2 in your lungs and makes it tougher to swim.
CATCH UP DRILL
Probably the most important arm drill you can do the catch up drill teaches the new swimmer and veteran swimmer a bevy of good stroke technique. First the catch up drill allows you to develop a strong “catch.” Many people have a strong hand entry but then they leave their arm there to die a slow death as they begin swimming. There should be no dead spots in your stroke. The arms should always be doing something and the catch up drill ensures that your arm is deliberately trying to catch and pull back the water after the hand enters. The catch up drill also teaches new swimmers the correct body position for swimming – which is on the side, not the stomach.
The best swimmers reach through and catch the water pull it back and move through the water. The catch is done on the side not the stomach and allows the swimmer to move through the water with the least amount of drag.
Here’s a video on how to do the Catch Up Drill
Catch Up Swim Drill