Thursday, September 16, 2010

Fall Swimming

J has joined the fall swim team at the YMCA. He started practices this week. We chose to only do practice 2x per week instead of 4 days because we wanted to be sure we were doing the right thing.

The first day of practice was difficult. The team is stricter than he's used to and they work quite hard. He's only allowed to rest for 5 seconds, only at one wall unless they are getting instructions. They did lots of drills where he wasn't allowed to use his arms. This is difficult since his power is in his arms. Most swimmers, that we have seen, anyway, tend to have the power in their legs. Well, consider he doesn't have a full pair of legs, his arms are stronger.

The second day of practice, he came home with a huge smile on his face! His coaches opted to put a fin on his one foot. He went much faster and seemed to enjoy it. He won't be able to use the fin during a meet, just during practice. We've discussed this before with the coaches of the summer team but we never did it. He said that they worked hard and does seem to be a bit tired.