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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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Backstroke finish is much like freestyle finish, so I find doing backstroke now and then gives some of my muscles a rest while still working on the finish (that's my weakness, but it's much better now, and I'm faster!) I also roll well on backstroke, so it helps with my free body roll some. Plus, I get to breathe the whole time while doing backstroke. I often do backstroke for my cool down.
Yeah, I was a breast stroker, and the kick didn't bother me, but it could bother some people (especially if you do it wrong). I really can't see much that breast stroke would help with, but it is a good resting stroke to keep moving in the water. It is great for sighting as well. Don't even worry about butterfly!! I can only make it about 50m butterfly, then I have to rest with something else. My event was IM (Individual Medley), but butterfly was first, so I could get that out of the way while I was fresh, then I got to do my two best -- back and breast. I'd pull ahead enough there so that my freestyle didn't have to be that fast. That's why I was never really a great freestyler. I'm getting better now!
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