"Yes, keep my body up especially my legs."
Lock your knees and kick near the top of the water.
Put your legs closer together and kick near the top of the water.
Use your legs to power down the lane.
Your legs are your strength in swimming.
Try practicing with the kick board.
Kick hard powering with those legs.
Sounds easy but..........! Shouldn't I have some strength in my legs from all the running I do? It doesn't seem to be transferring to the pool. I was ready to quit 10 minutes into my lesson. He had us doing this streamline thing kicking down the lane and not using our arms. Really? You want a drowning today? I COULD NOT DO IT. I had to use my arms some and even then I sucked! I had to pause - okay stop - and rest after every length. The instructor quickly saw the "writing on the wall" and had me doing different things than everyone else. I was so tired after each and every lap. I had to stop and regroup every time. I was having a hard time getting to the end of the lane each and every time. Will this seriously get easier? I thought I was doing better but man I am not. Now I question my ability to complete the distance - at least using the free style.
My son talked me down off the cliff. I called him as soon as I was in my car. He really berated me for being so discouraged so quickly. He told me I need to give it more time. I had already decided I would give it four times. Then I would go the private lesson route. I may do that anyway. I will see. I think I was most discouraged by two things. I can't keep my damn legs up and I was so tired. The instructor told me he could see some improvement and my pace was faster. Really? I felt like the kiddos in my class who at times just don't get it. I can explain something in several ways and nothing brings the concept home. It is actually good for me to experience this and get an inkling of how they feel. And just like with them it isn't for lack of effort.
But I did visit Jameson and have some Jax snuggle time so that was very positive!