Flippers are my friends. Okay, it is mostly a one-way relationship in the fact that I use them and they help me swim better and easier. Since the first day I waded in to the pool at my YMCA to begin my swim training, I used flippers for my drills and swimming attempts. The purpose of using flippers is to provide greater stability and balance which allows the swimmer to focus on different aspects of their stroke. This helps to improve or embed great technique in the swimmer.
This week my “friends” and I parted ways. (Meanwhile, I’m still trying to find the fine print in the Ironman rule book that will allow me to use flippers in the race.) This was not a time that I was looking forward to, but I knew it was coming. I now only use the flippers for a few laps per practice if I need to check my form or reinforce something my coach has asked me to tweak. While I’m learning to swim more balanced, the transition has been difficult with many mouthfuls of water and mental challenges.
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