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THE SPEED EQUATION

Is the concept of stroke counting in swimming misunderstood, asks Simon Griffiths

If you watch elite swimmers, they typically take fewer strokes per length than the rest of us. The natural conclusion from this is that if we want to swim faster, we should increase the distance we travel with each stroke.

However, instead of speeding up when they reduce their stroke count (i.e. number of strokes per length), non-elite swimmers sometimes find they slow down and/or get more tired.

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Welcome to our February issue! The new issue of Outdoor Swimmer is packed full of awesome features to help you keep your New Year challenges on track and inspire your swimming adventures. An introduction to the world's most iconic swim, the English Channel; wild swimming adventures; swimming heroes; neoprene accessories on test; plus, nutrition, technique, events, destinations, interviews and more of your stunning photography and swim stories.