In other news, it’s been re-established that I absolutely cannot kick. My old masters swim coach in Wisconsin had me switch to a 2-beat kick because my old kick was, in his words, “slowing me down more than helping me.” I feel that the 2-beat kick is more effective at keeping my hips up and giving me a flatter body position in the water. Any forward propulsion I get is a bonus compared to flapping them around back there like I used to. Most importantly, it saves my legs for biking and running. So the 2-beat kick has been great, but it doesn’t mean I have a strong kick by any means. Becky told me to do 6x50 kick with a kickboard and no flippers. I had my head down in the water, gritting my teeth and kicking as fast and hard as I could, and it took forever, like walking up the down escalator. As I finally touched the wall, she came over shaking her head and said something along the lines of “I don’t know how you do it.” I interpreted this as “I know sloths that move faster than that.” Mercifully she had me stop after that one. No objection, your honor.