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1) Does anyone know how much drafting behind someone's wake saves energy-wise? We were forced three or four to a lane in the pool last night (the Boy Scouts took over a couple lanes to earn their swimming merit badges) and I noticed how much easier it felt when I was behind someone as opposed to being the lead dog, so to speak.<br><br>
2) Is there any benefit to learning other strokes other than freestyle in terms of improving your speed on the freestyle? I've seen many a swimmer alternate between the three or four strokes during their sets and if that would much help to upping my speed on the free (I do know how to backstroke, but can't do any of the other ones)?
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1) Consider how much drafting on the bike helps, then consider how much more resistive water is than air. Find the right spot, and drafting is a big deal. Staying in that spot, however, is the challenge.<br><br>
2) I'm a proponent of butterfly to help with freestyle -- helps build strength, helps develop water feel, and it helps reinforce where the power in your kick should come from.
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