Download and print the session plan here: session plan 198
This week, we’ll work on front of the stroke, ensuring a high elbow catch is achieved. Locating the elbow near the water’s surface, during the catch, is a great way to assure an effective pull, leading to better propulsion and more swim speed. Who doesn’t want that?
2 x 100m, the first easy, the second, building in effort.
2 x 50m kick with, or without kickboard
4 x 50m 1 finger drill going up, full hand swimming coming back (feel the pressure on your palm)
4 x 50m long doggy paddle going up the pool, swim back (visually check for a high elbow catch)
15-20 x 50m, swimming with moderate effort but focusing on maintaining a high elbow catch
100m – 200m Easy to very easy
1550m – 1900m
Don’t rush the drills, or the main set. Feel how your hand resists the water, creating a lever against which you can pull yourself through the water. Visually check that the elbow stays high and perhaps use the notion that your elbows ‘float’ to the surface, before pulling.
Let’s see what Dave Scott has to say about what he calls a “high elbow set”: