Q My swimming is an epic flail. How can I streamline my technique? RL
THE TRICK IS to feel weightless and to relax both physically and emotionally, says coach Terry Laughlin. Push off and glide in the “Superman position” – arms stretched forward and shoulder-width apart. “Start with your head down and eyes looking at the bottom of the pool. That should be the foundation of all the swimming you do,” Laughlin says. If you relax your head on the water, he points out, your spine will align naturally. Now channel Thorpie: lightly press your legs together and do a few unhurried strokes, gliding as much as you can.