Steve, a 50+ novice has been taking lessons with me at 2-week intervals in the TI Swim Studio in New Paltz. After each I send him a summary and ‘homework’. After our most recent lesson he sent me this email query:
I watched most of “Perpetual Motion Freestyle in 10 Lessons” today. I am trying to relate what we are currently working on to the segments in the video. Would this be an accurate list of what I should be working on for the next few weeks?
Superman Glide to Skate (2.3)
Skate-stroke-Skate ? (2.4)
Spear Switch? Pre-switch (4.3). Interrupted Switch (4.4)
Rhythmic Weight Shift
Swing Skate (6.2)
Elbow circles (7.2)
Marionette Arm (7.3)
Draw Line (7.4)
Weight Shift Focus (8.4)
Spear to Swing Switch to Swim (“ear hop”)
Have I missed anything?
To which I replied, in part,
“Good onya’ for being such a conscientious student. When viewing the video, are there particular things you notice or take away that you feel apply to you?”
Steve’s response: “When I look at the video, I feel like EVERYTHING applies to me.”
So I wrote back as follows:
“Steve, That’s a typical reaction. That’s why it’s critical to:
1) have a solid understanding of your ‘problems’ and the best solutions that that allows you to . . .
2) prioritize effectively, then . . .
3) practice with patient disciplined focus
Come to think about it, that formulation works for any of life’s important challenges. But how many non-swimming sports or fitness activities offer the potential to develop behavioral and thinking patterns that can be so broadly beneficial?”
As I never tire of saying “Swimming That Changes Your Life” isn’t just a slogan.