This article like most things in my life at the moment is running late. Sorry! But when Hermine shouted down the hallway into the locker room that she wanted me to write something about the clinic she caught me with my pants down, literally! I had just gotten out of the shower. However, she had good cause to ask me because this was the first clinic where things started to truly “click” for me..
by Sean Hermes
This morning marked the beginning of my 3rd week with Santa Rosa Masters, my first Monday clinic, and the honor of providing a synopsis of today’s lesson! As we finished our warm-up and listened to Hermine assiduously, she spoke of the importance of timing in Butterfly and when done properly we should feel as if we are gliding on top of the water. As she continued painting the picture of perfect fly, she mentioned fellow swimmer Yan, Michael Phelps, and butts up!
Butt up was the theme of the day. Hermine explained to us the importance of having ones derriere break the surface of the water and the positive effects it will have on our strokes. To reinforce her words Hermine had us start the lesson with 4-count butterfly…X Factor. As most of us know the kick board has a mind of its own and it will wander off if it does not like what you are doing so taking a more methodical approach was in order. As most of us struggled with this and chased our boards one could hear Hermine offer words of encouragement and further instruction as she rode her bike from one end of the pool to the other, inspiring thoughts of Miss Gulch from the Wizard of Oz!
The Pool will be open for public swim on December 24 (no masters) & will be closed on Dec 25th.
Masters as usual but VERY low key (limited or self coached workouts) on Wed/Thurs/Fri.
The Pool will be open for public swim on December 31 (no masters) & will be open on the 1st for the Annual 100 x 100's swim. Swimming begins at 9am bring $5 for lifeguard.
Regular Masters Schedule resumes on January 2nd.