I said - I don't flip turn.... he said "I don't either" and then laughing interjected, "you aren't going to flip turn around a buoy in an open water swim". But my coach flip turns, and everyone else at Master Swim flip turns, so I thought I needed to flip turn.
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The last time I attempted a flip turn was the day in the pool I snapped my rotator cuff. I had just finished, what I thought, was an Ah-mazing-Phelps-like-flip-turn, I went for my first stroke and "SNAP" - there went my shoulder and the tears.
Last week I met with my friend Miche (It's pronounced M-ish) for a swim. Miche has been through some pretty traumatic stuff in 2010 - just to give you an idea, her husband had viral meningitis just two weeks after she gave birth to their second child. A few months after that she was diagnosed with a blood clot that she inevitably had to have surgery for to place a filter in her heart to stop any further clots from killing her. She is not even 30 yet - and in great shape!
Her doctor just cleared her for working out. 4 times a week - no more than 2 runs per week.
We met at the pool on Friday (NYE) to get in a few laps before I had my hour trainer ride. She hadn't swam since she was like 12 on the local summer swim team...... she is fast - and she freakin' flip turns. I was now determined.
I worked on my flip turn once with her....then decided "f" it... until yesterday.
Bill and I went to the gym last night (since I slept through Masters). He had cardio/weights which equal about an hour and I had to swim 2000 yds. I was determined to flip turn....each and every time...no matter the amount of water that went into my body by either nose or mouth.
I did it.... I flip turned all 80 something times. Boo-ya..... I'm not saying is was Olympic quality or that it was even that much more efficient...but I did it. And I felt good afterward....
Looking forward to my first tempo run - 4 miles. Any tips for a successful tempo run?