Just when I thought I was done with buoyancy, it came up again yesterday, surprisingly.
I made it to the pool in the early hour, and found myself alone in the deep end pretty early into my set. One of the two people who had been swimming in the deep end when I got there had left a pool buoy and a kickboard beside the pool when she left.
Having read Total Immersion, I won't use a kickboard. But I don't think I'd ever tried a buoy. Curious, I tried out the buoy in a freestyle length.
I covered the distance so much quicker, it was almost like wearing flippers.
It brought the buoyancy question back to mind. Oh yeah, I forgot, I don't float well. I swim far enough below the surface that it takes real effort to freestyle. So that's the problem! Not all that anxiety, psycho whatever I've been thinking it is. Simple. I remembered stuff like swimming while pregnant, and how that was like having a built in flotation device.
So I thought about how I could reproduce this effect without the buoy. Like, swimming while sticking out my butt? I tried it, and found it hard to manage at first, but once I calmed down, I found I was able to cover the distance in fewer strokes, but, more importantly, it wasn't as exhausting.
This will take some practicing to get used to it, but what a relief! As a bonus, this will work that core.
cross posted at www.imswimming.net