Thanks for the Swim Therapy video. I went through it and I basically agree with what they said, i.e., to extend with the hand close to the surface, lift the elbow slightly (to keep the upper arm horizontal) and then pull with the whole forearm and hand. This is more or less what my swimming instructor has been advising me. I have been carefully observing Rebecca Adlington's technique in the 800m freestyle at the Olympics, and her stroke appears to follow these principles. Well, she must be pretty good, whatever stroke she is using!The narrator on the video was right to say the correct position puts a lot of pressure on the shoulder, and so it is particular important to get warmed up before adding a lot of power when the elbow is raised underwater, otherwise one can feel discomfort in the shoulder (at least I can at times).I am unlikely to practice these drills in the outside pool (67F and falling) at the moment. I just need to keep moving more. At least I am now able to swim at almost my normal speed, whereas at first the coldness seemed to restrict me somewhat. I really put on a lot of clothing after swimming and when I bike back into town in the sunshine I guess people must think I've just arrived from the North Pole or somewhere.
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