|I'm making waves – my first achievement!|
Speedo's YouTube channel has tonnes of instructional videos on how to perfect different strokes. My ankle is still too sore for freestyle, so I concentrated on perfecting my breastroke, in particular timing and technique for breathing (for the past few weeks I've been gulping my way along the pool). And I think my homework really paid off! Learning quickly after confusing myself and taking in a few mouthfuls of water, and with some concentration, I began to feel like a well oiled machine. Each time I lifted out of the water I thought of Michael Phelps' exquisitely toned back "keeping dry" at each stroke. Every time I ducked my head in the water I thought about his coach telling me to "leading with the crown of the head". Everything fell into place. And I felt far smoother in the water – no gulping, no scrabbling strokes, no water streaming into my nostrils. I was gliding!
|Photo from Speedo UK|