How to maintain your front crawl stroke length for open waterNovember 15, 2018
Front crawl stroke length practice is essential if you’re competing in an open water event.
This article deals with maintaining your front crawl stroke length when swimming.
Maintain your front crawl stroke length
The ability to maintain your front crawl stroke length during training is very important and will help you transfer that stroke efficiency into your open water swims, when conditions may not be as calm as they are in the pool.
Try this fingertip drill to help maintain your front crawl stroke length:
- Start off by swimming as slowly as you comfortably can while maintaining a good stroke technique.
- Recover each arm in turn, with your fingertips trailing in the water. Your fingertips should follow the line of your body, they can lightly touch your body line throughout the recovery phase. Fully extend your arm before placing hand back into the water, fingers first.
- Your body should rotate along the longitudinal axis but your hips should not break the surface of the water. If they do, you have rotated too far for this particular drill. Your head should remain still apart from when you breathe.
Pool training session
Try this 2000 metres training session, making sure you maintain your front crawl stroke length throughout.
Pool warm up
- 300 metres continuous swim as 200 metres front crawl then 100 metres either backstroke or breaststroke.
- 1000 metres continuous front crawl. Swim the first 100 metres to a strong pace, then the next 800 metres at a steady pace, then the last 100 metres at a strong pace. This will help replicate your open water 1500 metres where you will need a strong start, go into a steady swimming phase then pick up the pace into the finish.
- During the steady phase continue to practise your front crawl breathing and sighting skills. Practise the sighting by sighting twice every 100 metres .
- 2×100 metres front crawl kick as 25 metres strong kick, 50 metres steady kick, 25 metres strong kick. Rest for 15 seconds between each 100 metres .
- 4×50 metres front crawl kick as 25 metres strong kick then 25 metres steady kick. Rest for 15 seconds between each 100 metres .
Swim down / recovery swim
- 500 metres using your choice of strokes and / or kick. Keep a steady to easy pace for this.
Total distance: 2200 metres