I don't expect that many will remember the song Slow and Low, written by Run DMC for the Beastie Boys. I got it stuck in my head while swimming today because I tried something new. I wanted to see what happened if I swam slowly and didn't try to wear myself out so much.
It was nice. I actually swam the whole 800 yards faster because I wasn't stopping so much and felt like I had more in the tank at the end. Also because I was going slower I could concentrate on my stroke more and pay attention to the whole thing. But, I still have my bouyancy problem: I'm skinny. So I would sink at that speed if I didn't kick harder...and I don't want to sink.
With all of this, I know my stroke was better but I'm not sure if my kick was holding up its end of the proper technique bargain. So afterwards, I did my drill. I don't know the name of it so I'll just call it "kickies". I did five sets of "kickies", really concentrating on kicking from the hips, pointing my toes and doing fast short kicks. Man, "kickies" are hard and by the end I was kind of pissed that the pool even has a diving well for me to do these things. But I did them.
With all of the progress, I'm ready for my next stop: 36 laps next week. I usually test myself on Friday or the weekend to see what Monday will feel like with the new distance but I'm pretty sure if I keep it Slow and Low, I can do it.