Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Swimming & Flip Turns

I had a swim lesson last night. It was the first swim lesson I have ever had. See, I am a natural in the water. I love it and always have and I swim pretty well too. The lesson was basically a stroke critique and the chance to watch Tri-Hawg thrash around in the water, gasp for air and practically drown....we shared the lesson. Now I have to say that within about 15-20 minutes he had drastically improved and was able to breath again. I also had smoothed out my stroke and relaxed. All good things....until....
Something I learned: I. Hate. Flipturns.
I told the instructor (a high school kid) that I wanted to learn flip turns. I Did Not tell her that I wanted to ingest five gallons of clorine water through my nose, which is precisely what I did. I suck....I'm not even sure at this point if I am willing to make the flip turn a goal, challenge or more probably nemesis. My nasal passages have been burned and scarred by the Y's super, extra ordinary amount of clorine chemicals in the pool water. I am just not sure if one can recover....maybe I'm suffering from post tramatic water up the nose stress disorder??!!??
I'm off to the pool soon. An embarassing episode of gasping, choking and clorine snorting is sure to follow.

11 comments:

Wes said...

LOL. I haven't decided if I am going to do flip turns yet. Hell, I haven't gotten in the pool yet. But I know how to do them, even if I am mediocre. Keep working at it, and in the mean time, when you flip, blow air out your nose :-)

Spandex King said...

I can't roll over straight. I end up sideways!! And water up the nose.

There are no flip turns in triathlon, so there I don't need to flip turn.
..... Thank Goodness for that.

3iron said...

After years of swimming I still don't do flip turns. I haven't missed them a bit either.

Instead of working on flip turns I'd recommend focusing on learning how to use your elbows and feet as lethal weapons. Much more appropriate for the floating bar fight known innocently as an open water swim!

TJ said...

i've often had the thought wiggle into my mind to try to learn flip turns. but that thought is always quickly followed by the one that says "you'll look like a flippin idiot in front of college-swim-team-lifeguard-dude".

ironjenny said...

blow air out through your nose slowly (too fast and you run out of air to blow) while you are flipping.
No, you don't need to do flips in open water swims at triathlons, but flipturns are easier on your shoulders that the touch and turn...
good luck!
Jenny

triathlonmom said...

Don't worry about the flipturns....I CAN do them but choose not to in a triatlon. In a pool swim flipturns just get you confused anyway...all those people and flipping and milky water from the bubbles...it's just not worth it. Just do what you are comfortable with and have fun! Water up the nose is NOT fun!

Jetpack said...

That chlorine up the nose story was hysterical. Funny!. Love the blog. PS- I still can't do flip turns. I agree with spandex King. No turning in triathlons. Why bother!

-T

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