i am quicker with a pool buoy... They lift your thighs and feet and make you more streamlined and therefore faster.
All the kick really does is keep your feet up....... It only adds power if you are a really good swimmer.......Being streamlined is the most important thing.
Your times are about the same as mine.... we are still in the crap swimmer category where technique is more important than force - our mechanics / streamlining are ok, but can be better. (remember 10 year old girls swim faster than us......... its all about technique!)
Isn't it to do with how well you float. Women generally have higher body fat so we float better, floating better gives you a more streamlined flat body position in the water so you swim more efficiently. Using a buoy aids your body position so you swim more efficiently. I have also hear that over a longer distance the kick is a lot about keeping you level in the water so you pull better, but in a sprint distance is more important for propulsion.
I think it's worth trying to improve your kick, cos even if you're not going to kick loads you still want to maintain as streamlined a position as possible and get whatever help you can from the kick. Do you do kick drills?
Well my kick is pathetic and I hardly move when just kicking. However stick on a pair of swim flippers (Masters coach uses them for about 6 lengths out of 50) and I am away like a rocket. Quickest in lane (2nd slowest lane) by a decent margin. Take flippers off and I'm at the back kicking and not going anywhere.
Ankle flexibility is an issue for me.
So assuming you aren't moving to Spain don't worry the wetsuit will lift the legs and you will rocket along quite happily. Save the legs for the bike and run.
As the distances get longer saving the legs is more important.
I don't kick because I'm a crap swimmer and even if I improve I can't see it being by a big margin. I'm not built for swimming. Legs are more useful on the bike and run
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