At the beginning of the race I become nervous and take out the first 100m too fast. My current PB for 50m fly is 37 and my time for 100m fly is 1.22.
Thanks! A. In a 200m butterfly race it is important to control the first 100 metres so that you have enough oxygen and energy left for the 2nd 100m. Often swimmers will be relaxed in the first 50 metres and will swim a split close to their best time. This first 50m needs to be controlled and then you can gradually build the last 3 x 50 metres.
You would be better off going out 1 to 2 seconds slower in the first 50m, feeling nice and easy, and then aim to swim 3 x 50 metres butterfly at around 44 to 45 seconds holding a good rhythm.
When you start getting tired in the last 50m focus on holding your rhythm and maintaining your two butterfly kicks to each stroke.
Q. I'm trying to teach myself butterfly..but the arm actions at the beginning has me confused..also raising my body just far enough to breath..
A. In butterfly, the hands enter the water in front of the body and in line with the shoulders. The hands are normally flat with a slight pitch so that the thumb side enters first. The hands scull outward, downward and backward ...