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I met with Coach Judie of Experience Triathlon, who Erin recommended and is related to Maggie. She was a fantastic teacher. In my first lap at the pool, she immediately identified one of my problems: my kick was rather "exuberant," meaning I was wasting energy just kicking. Rather than taking these large, sweeping kicks, Judie explained that I should focus on quick turn over in the kick, but smaller movements. She also showed me how to more effectively move my arms through the water to take advantage of the full range of movement. She showed me how to keep my elbows out and push through the whole stroke to use all my upper body muscles, which you don't need for the remaining triathlon sports.
After our lesson, I did a few laps and the difference between my laps before the lesson were noticeable. I can actually hear the difference in my stroke. Judie said some elite swimmers train to be as silent as possible. When my hands aren't entering the water correctly or I'm not rotating my body properly, I can hear my body striking the water with an unattractive "plopping" noise.
In my opinion, this was money well-spent. I wish I had done this sooner, because it makes swimming much more enjoyable now that I'm not completely wiped in just a few minutes. It's my hope that after this lesson and some time spent practicing, I'll be ready to join a masters swim class soon and get a six-pack like Dara Torres. Or just become a better swimmer. Either of those would be great.