In hopes of diverting at least a little of the discussion in this
newsgroup to something other than Quance, I would like to challenge the
convention of swimming unshaved during the entire season and shaving
for the final meet of the year only. Why not swim shaved all the time?
Swimming as we all know is a very tactile sport. Getting a "feel" for
the water is critical to your success. Shaving increases your feel.
Doesn't it seem reasonable that if you trained all year long with this
increased feel for the water, that your mechanics and streamlining
would naturally get better, and become part of your natural "stroke
signature"? It seems reasonable to me. It seems to me that the
ability to cultivate an aquatic tactile sense a little bit more like
Biondi's, far, far outweighs the dubious claim that training with hair
drag during the year makes you a stronger swimmer.
Frankly, I also question the validity of _any_ extra drag during
workouts. It seems to me that the water resistance provided by your
own continually declining form thoughout practice as fatigue sets in is
more than adequate to "overload" your muscles in relation to what they
are called upon to do in a race. But that's another post.
So, how about it? Any believers out there one way or the other on the
issue of perpetual shaving? Any one ever tried a completely shaved
season? Any coaches ever do any sort of semi controlled study by
splitting the team and shaving half?
No, I haven't tried it myself, for various reasons. I think I'm right,
and I just thought I'd toss it out, for verification and/or abuse.
ps. Regarding the ladies 400 IM: Quance sits. Metzler swims. End of