Having trained for triathlons, much of my training for open water swims has been in a traditional 25 or 50 meter pool. Since competitive swimming wasn’t something I had done previously I never mastered the infamous flip turn that so often we see competitive swimmers complete. After attending a masters class, I was finally convinced to attempt and change my style of turn on these occasions. The uncomfort of water up the nose, burning lungs and disoriented push offs were powerful influences to stop and revert back to my previous style of touch turn which allowed me to stop, catch my breath and push off again. As hard as the learning curve seemed to be I knew I needed to gain a rhythm of my motion. Keeping my momentum and cadence would save needed energy and allow me to reach my distance goals easier. Patience during the transition allowed me to persevere. The end result was positive and the benefits of being more efficient and keeping momentum did in fact save energy and allowed me to swim longer distances easier during events.
With the New Year I have been contemplating the principle of the flip turn and the similarities in our own lives. What happens when we get to the “wall” of our own goals and desires in life. Do we stop to take a breathe and lose momentum in the process? Do we lack the energy to restart which inevitably distances ourselves from our own success? Do we find it hard to start again and needlessly reset the progression each time we decide to do so? Read More The Principle of the Flip Turn