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Questionable Stroke Counting

posted July 3, 2009 @ 2:03 AM  |  Technique, Tips, and Drills category

~By Coach Emmett Hines

A common line of inquiry revolves around why we spend time doing super low stroke count swimming (which is often also super slow swimming) since absolutely none of our racing is done in the super low (or super slow) realm.

We do a fair amount of work at ever-lower stroke counts where you are bordering on drilling as opposed to swimming. The idea behind this is that, as you get better at doing the super-low counts (even for short distances) it makes doing your "normal" and just-under-normal stroke counts easier to do--primarily because you must get more streamlined and slippery to do the lowest counts. Then the idea is to take this visceral knowledge of slipperiness back to your more "normal" counts. I don't expect nor suggest that you try to swim your races or do your high intensity sets at the super low counts. Super low stroke count work is primarily technique refinement work--think of it as conditioning your nervous system for lower resistance swimming. Doing these swims will improve your ability to do your "normal" count swims at lower energy levels.

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