recently completed the TI Freestyle 2 day training course with Peter in
Melbourne. I live in a small town in NSW called Cootamundra, which is
approximately a 6.5 hours’ drive to Melbourne. I must admit, there was some
hesitance in signing up for a swimming course so far away. What if I don’t
improve? What if the course is a waste of time and money?
the first hour of the course my fears were completely dissolved. Peter has a
coaching style that makes you want to improve. You straight away find your
weaknesses with the video analysis and you are then able to focus on improving
what is not working, but also refine what you are already doing well.
honestly believe that this course has saved me five or more years of
floundering around trying to improve by myself. I was struggling to swim
before working with Peter. On the Sunday of the course I did a 1.9km ocean
swim. I call that improvement!!
I am absolutely thrilled to be able to say 'I can swim!', all thanks to the total
immersion technique. My journey from absolute beginner to comfortably doing
laps has been surprisingly quick and I can't express enough how grateful I am
to Peter for his patience and perfect teaching pace to get me to this stage.
I participated in the GVSS prize of a Swimwell Total
immersion video analysis. I must say I was a bit sceptical as I had heard
of this swimming technique and wasn’t sure if it was what I was looking for. So
I went and did the analysis with Peter who was very knowledgeable and
passionate. The suggestions were not as radical as I thought and with the
video analysis I could really see where my stroke was being totally wasted. I
have always been a solid swimmer but during the video analysis and Peter
showing me where I was wasting energy I could see that I had some work to
do. So since the session I have done 4 squad sessions and found that
there was a significant difference. I wasn’t any faster (yet) but I was able to
hold my speeds and not be totally stuffed or have muscle fatigue by the end of
the session like I normally do. My speed was the same but I felt like I could
hold it for much longer. So the jury is still out as I really want to see
my speeds get faster but I need to spend some more time in the water and
getting this technique working for me. So in conclusion well worth it.
Thanks a lot for all your training and advice. The regular Thursday morning open water swims have been great and I really notice the difference in how I feel about being in the open water. I honestly don’t know if I would have got through the Ironman swim without your help.
I’m looking forward to continuing to work on my swimming, and the really amazing thing… I’m looking forward to doing some open water swimming events next season. I wouldn’t have thought I would ever say that!
Just a quick update on my result - Pat would be proud. It was an awesome swim, was buoyant all the way. Sat high, head down no crease. Don't remember kicking much just that I was high and breathing easy.
Got myself into nice long stretch strokes and did in 2.20 absolutely awesome. Adrenalin works wonders.