West Suffolk Swimming Club star Danny Proffitt was at our latest swim training session to help us improve further at Haverhill Leisure Centre last Sunday (April 6).
Following the tutelage of retired champion veteran triathlete Barbara Leverett last Sunday (March 30), I had been placed in the technique group while others worked on stamina.
She had shown me the basics of mastering front crawl as a long distance stroke rather than a sprint as I aim to complete a mile swim in Alton Water when the training culminates with the Great East Swim on June 21.
Proffitt had me focusing on the little things – like breathing out every fourth stroke, swimming the surface of the water with my fingers rather than going in thumb first, reaching as far forward as I could with each stroke and going round continuously rather than one hand waiting for the other.
They all seemed like minor alterations to what I was already doing, yet I felt them making a difference and making the swimming easier.
I did variations, such as holding a board with one hand to perfect the stroke with the others, seeing how far I could go without taking a breath and doing a sprint immediately followed by a gradual length.
Right now it seems a lot to remember, but I look forward to incorporating all of the advice to the point where it becomes natural and the difference in my swimming is noticeable.
The swim scheme is part of a subsidised initiative this year being run in Haverhill and Newmarket (for young people) aiming to participate in the Great East Swim on June 21.
The subsidised offer is worth over £200 but costs £25 and is available for those aged 12 to 25 in Haverhill and Newmarket, with training at both leisure centres culminating in the Great East Swim.
Those under 16 need parental/guardian’s permission and can only do the half mile swim.
The young person’s Sportivate programme is funded by Sport England’s Sportive initiative and delivered in partnership with Suffolk Sport and Suffolk County Council.
If you are interested in taking part contact programme coordinator Corinna Hudson on 07905 829162 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
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