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Old 07-09-2012
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Boken. All my open water swim times were acheived wearing a wetsuit so I can't compare pool times to open water times. Here's a thought though for what it's worth. My pool lengths with a TT are far more controlled than my OWS so I can get a far clearer picture of my stroke length. I know whether or not I'm likely to hit my target count when I reach half way (maybe a bit further), so I have an opportunity to improve my count on each length before its completed. In OW I feel less in control of stroke length as there is no way I can contemporaneously measure it. I'd guess that several factors might be contributing to your OW pace: lack of push offs, zigzagging (I don't know many swimmers who can swim straight siting every 20-30 strokes), environmental conditions, reduced stroke length.
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