I mean, come on, when we were growing up it was just what your legs did when you were swimming fly (or "butter" as we used to call it--did anyone else describe the IM as "butter, back, breast, free"? But now a days all these young kids shorten EVERYTHING. WTH is with "2 back, 4 free", etc.). OK - back today's topic. How do you teach an old dog new tricks? Really, my only goal in trying to get better here is to improve the start on my fly...and maybe hold my breath long enough on the turn to get a couple good kicks in. Who knows, maybe I can even use it to also speed up my free start!
So here is my plan - from now on out at least twice a week I'm gonna do this set right after a warm up.
:10 vertical dolphin arms above head in streamline position – I’m able to get in 25 kicks.
rest :20 on wall, push off under water doing at least 8 fast dolphin kicks, then easy to wall
Repeat for set of 8 on the 1:30
It can’t hurt, right? Oh, and don’t tell me to do dolphin kick sets with fins – I’ve got really bad knees – and that really jacks up the pain.