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THE NEED FOR SPEED

The secret to swimming faster is simple maths, says coach James Ewart

What’s your plan for swimming faster? Train hard and work hard on technique? Great, but it’s useful to sometimes think about speed in mathematical terms.

Speed is simply a product of cadence and stroke length.

Watch the professionals swim and they are able to swim at much higher cadences (or tempos) than most of us. But don’t just look at their stroke speed. Count how many strokes they are taking as they are also able to sustain lower stroke counts per length than most of us, despite swimming at such high tempos. And that’s critical. If we’re thinking about speed we can’t ignore cadence or stroke length. The two need to be inextricably linked if we want to swim faster.

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In this issue we explore cold water swimming and ageing in ‘The Tonic of Longevity’; Lindsey Cole, the Urban Mermaid, tells the story behind her swim of the length of the Thames collecting litter; we have psychological tips to help you deal with cold water; Elaine Howley celebrates pioneering Victorian swimming heroine Agnes Beckwith; and coach James Ewart explains how to swim faster by swimming slowly: it’s all in the maths! Plus, event reviews from Norfolk to Bermuda, warming winter recipes, swimming from Corsica to Sardinia and comprehensive UK and international event listings to help you plan your summer swims.