In Part 3, the athletes continue learning three-quarter swimming in the classroom and in the pool. Michelmore emphasizes being patient in waiting for your hand to get to the third quadrant before switching your lead hand.
“I’m trying to teach the patience in this three-quarter position,” Michelmore says as he uses drills to help the athletes develop the proper swim stroke.
In Part 4, the athletes practice the stroke, and it’s no easy task. According to Michelmore, “The bottom line is everybody needs to work on this at all times. Olympians, our best athletes, still have the problem of bringing the hand down too soon.”
The athletes put everything they’ve learned into the freestyle stroke.
“We’ve taken all this complexity, all the things we’ve talked about, and now it’s simple now that you guys understand what your body is doing through the water,” Michelmore says.
After counting their strokes, the athletes notice improvement since the beginning of the seminar. According to participant Hollis Molloy of CrossFit Santa Cruz, he was “definitely more efficient.”
He describes the difference as “gliding as opposed to just like grabbing at water.”
Additional reading: Pukie at the Pool by Roy Wallack and Brian Nabeta, published April 18, 2009.