It’s open (and 50m) most Sundays, but closes sometimes for competitions (it’ll be closed next weekend and the one after for an event). There’s a boom in the pool, and a moveable floor too, so it can change to be 2m deep and 50m, or whatever depth and 2 x 25m pools.
Oh and you can use fins there (unlike the other pools in glasgow).
Today I was there, and had the following set planned:
Because you turn (and push off) less in a 50m pool, my times are always slower in the 50m pool.
I would usually maybe do 100m in 1:45-1:50 and 200m in 3:35-3:40 in a 50m pool.
And in a 25m pool I’ve been doing 100m in about 1:35-1:45, or 200m in about 3:25-3:35.
It’s all relative and I like to use my times to see any progress, but they’ve very much plateaued in the last 6 months, likely meaning my swim fitness is good and my technique is as it’s always been.
After the swim filming of me on Thursday night (I’ll upload the video soon), a very brief look at it showed that my legs are probably bending too much and kicking too much, causing drag and slowing me down.
I figured I could probably improve my kick technique, streamlining and to cause less drag, with a simple change to how I kick.
So today I tried a simple fix of instead of my usual 4-6 beat kick… I would do a 2 beat kick.
So when my right hand enters, I kick with my right leg; and when my left arm enters, I kick with my left leg. I get into a nice rhythm, and it seems easier than the way I’ve always kicked / used to kick!
So what difference did it make?
Well – after so many years of practice, and at least 8 months in the water and only improving my times a tiny wee bit (with fitness)…
This 2 best kick has enabled my swim time for 1,000m to get down to 17:24 – around 48 seconds faster than the last time I did it. And 35 seconds off my fastest 1km in the 25m pool.
And the 200m times today was 3:23-3:27 compared to 3:35-3:45 in the 50m pool before. And I felt a bit like I was flying too (with less effort when I kick too!) I’m well impressed (and perhaps a little sadly excited lol).
I shouldn’t surprised really, as I know the theory behind swimming well and swimming efficiently… and having not often been given feedback myself as a swimming, it was god to self assess the recording, and I’ll also see what the coach has to say when he sends it through.
I wonder how much faster I’ll get once I get practiced / good at the two best kick?!