Despite yesterday's fears of man flu I managed to soldier down to Thursday's swimming training. During October these sessions have had a very strong focus on kicking. Our coaches are very genial fellows so I don't mean that they give us a good kicking if we don't perform as expected. No it means that we spend a lot of time in fins kicking our way up and down the pool. Without giving away the clandestine training secrets of EGTC (if you want to know more then you need to come down to the Olympus pool in East Grinstead at 7pm on a Thursday evening or 7am on a Saturday morning) this mainly involves swimming on one side for several kicks, taking a few arm strokes, then kicking on the other side.
In terms of getting the kicking motion right, the idea is to make your
legs as long as possible by pointing the toes and kicking from the hips.
One of our female coaches describes this as imagining your legs as
flowing ribbons. One of our male coaches described this as imagining
you're kicking a small, randy dog off your leg...
A major part of this transition is that I'm now finding it a lot more natural to breathe bilaterally (breathing on
alternative sides) when I'm swimming normal front crawl. There's still a lot of work for me to do but it
demonstrates the benefit of spending at least one session a week on
technique rather than just trying to swim faster or longer than you did
during your last trip to the pool.