Also, my abs are nothing so great. These two pieces of information are perhaps related. Also, I never pass up birthday cake.
But Thursday in Masters Swimming they had us do 2- 100s of butterfly kick with fins (thank goodness).
|This is Michael Phelps ... not me.|
Announcement. Amy (that's me) doesn't know how to swim the butterfly stroke. It's true. But I'm working on it. I do drills and one of these days before I'm 100 I'll probably be able to swim a 25 butterfly without drowning. But today is not that day.
So about 10 meters in the coach gives me a tip (because I'm undoubtedly doing it wrong and look like if I wasn't holding onto the kick board I might drown) push down (into the water) more with my bellybutton. Okay then.
First there was some floundering while I tried to remember where my bellybutton was. I mean I know where it is but to figure out what that meant with this particular maneuver took some finagling. And once I think I figured that out. Not the rib cage - the bellybutton - and was concentrating on that movement. Two things happened.
|Not a terribly helpful diagram of what I should be looking like when I do butterfly. Thankfully there is no digital or film evidence of my flounderings.|
1. My butt came up out of the water with this new kick push the belly down and foreward thing. I think that's the plan but I can't be sure.
2. Many more muscles in my abdomen were engaged than perhaps has ever happened at one time before.
I slowly made it through the first 100 and started the second 100 and my newly crazily engaged ab muscles were seriously screaming in agony.
So, while I see about 100 ads a day in various publications for how to get great flat abs I've never seen one suggest go out and do 1000 yards a day butterfly kick. But I bet that would really work. That and occasionally eating smaller amounts of the birthday cake perhaps.