A random thought of the day.
Yesterday it was “long freestyle” night at my swim club. This means what you think it means. We swim front crawl, for a long time. I asked the coach to give me pointers on my stroke to make it less boring. He correctly identified that my right arm “crosses over” too much; and I don’t stretch out as much on the right hand side. Therefore, my stroke there is not terribly fluid.
My left hand side is fine.
This is because about two years ago, probably on another long freestyle night, I got a sharp, shooting pain in my left shoulder. Couldn’t keep swimming. My coach told me at the time it’s because of a crossover, which causes some muscles to work that shouldn’t have to. The only way to keep the pain at bay was to swim correctly. Which I now do, but only on the left.
No pain on the right hand side meant I never corrected the right hand side. It is a lot harder to correct without the pain, because I just have to think about it, and it feels unnatural to me.
There’s a lesson in there, somewhere.
Deep thoughts from the deep end, with Andrea.by