Simple Strategies for Implementing Stroke Counts Part IX
Counting your strokes is one of the most under-appreciated aspects of tracking your improvement and speed.
I’ve already discussed how to pay attention to and develop your speed, which is a critical aspect of improving your swimming.
If you know how fast you’re swimming, you’re going to be motivated to make adjustments if you believe you can be better, or continue to do what you’ve been doing if you’re happy with where you’re at.
However, there’s more to performance than speed alone.
Measuring your stroke counts provides you with information about HOW you’re swimming.
It’s a simple and effective measurement of how efficient you’re swimming.
Less strokes = more efficient and more strokes = less efficient.
Are you swimming more or less efficiently than before?
Is your efficiency changing within a repetition or within a workout? Is that good or bad?
How does your efficiency relate to your speed?
These are all questions you can answer when you know your stroke counts.
How should you start using stroke counts?
Find out here.
#9 Alternating Within Repetitions
This strategy is like the previous one where you’ll shift between more or less strokes during different repetitions.
Now, you’re going to do the same thing WITHIN a given repetition.
Here’s a sample set-
6x100 Freestyle; Take 2 more strokes during ODD laps than EVEN laps
This strategy requires more precision and more control because you’ll have to make faster and more significant changes.
It really ups the challenge.
The whole point here is control.
You want control over how you swim, and this strategy will challenge you to do so.