My swimming routine this morning: swim 4 laps, kick 2, swim 4, kick 2, swim 4, kick 2, swim 4, swim 2 for something wild and different at the end. As recently as last week I was deeply irritated with the kicking drill since it seemed to be producing so little forward propulsion that I could have drifted to the other side of the pool in the wind currents in about the same time.
THEN on Monday I started to stretch out and tilt forward more, and it seemed like the kicking produced detectible motion. And THEN, today, during the last kicking round, a little voice said why don't you kick about twice as fast as you have been? and I said, can we really do that? and instead of going kick...kick...kick...kick... I started going kickkickkickkick, and my feet made a very satisfying paddlewheel steamboat-like sound. The little voice said "Toot Toot!"