Sink Or Swim

Swimming drills in workouts help improve stroke control, body positioning, and propulsion. A friend recently shared a link to Coach Joel Filliol’s Top 20 Rules for Faster Triathlon Swimming which can be found at As I read through it, I learned from Rule 11 to “use a band frequently.” Now I was pretty sure he was not referring to music. With a little inquiring, I found out it is a band worn at the ankles durning a pull set. The objective is to improve body positioning and propulsion and train the swimmer to catch more water.

I found an ankle band and worked it into my workout this morning, I started with a 1,000 meter warm up of 500 swim, 300 pull, and 200 kick. Next was 10 x 100 on a 2:15 send off coming in on 2:05. I was able to accomplish this on the first 4, the last 6 were closer to 2:07 – 2:10. Since this will be my routine Friday morning swim, I am excited to see the improvement in this set over time. Next up I did 300 pull and worked the band into the set. First I did 200 with the band and a pull buoy. Piece of cake. For the next 100 I took out the pull buoy and swam approximately 5 meters before my back end sunk like a rock. Wow, that band is really tough. Now I know why it is suggested to swim with the band in 25 meter sets resting in between. The band forces the swimmer to find a way to catch water to keep afloat or you go down faster than the Titanic. Seriously. After my weak attempt to band pull for 100 meters, I then kicked for 200 and finished with 10 x 50 meters on 1:10. I was able to do 5 within the time but the last 5 were on 1:15. Once again, I am looking forward to seeing my improvement.

But what I am really looking forward to most is mastering that darn band. When swimming with it I have to not be concerned about my total overall swim time for that workout. It will take time, effort, and patience – but I will do it. And then there is that issue with flip turns… I have to get the passion in me to master a flip turn too…

Published by elisariva

I want to encourage everyone to follow your passions, not just what is easy. It is in overcoming hurdles and barriers that we truly test our limits and abilities. There is much more we are capable of if we only believe in ourselves.

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