Originally Posted by silvestre.toth
Oh well! That's the same that happens to me when I swim with my "long" stroke (40-42 SPL 50 m). I have to swim a great amount of backstroke to get rid of the shoulder pain. Now when I shorten my stroke (46-48 SPL), I can hold a little faster speed for much longer and WITHOUT shoulder pain. On Sunday I swam 6K (1:48), on Monday 4K (1:10) and today 3K (0:51) and still without shoulder pain.
Hmm... I guess you were and I am doing what Coach Charles calls "pulling a SPL that we can't afford". I always thought my shoulder discomfort is due to bad form instead of over exertion. Maybe I should try shorter strokes and see how it goes.
I enjoy doing "long strokes" because I love the feel of stretching and gliding, which seems to be the most effective way to relax and recover from my running training. I know over-gliding is supposed to be bad, but for my purpose it is exactly what I am after. Maybe the key for me in terms of avoiding stressing my shoulder is to over-glide without over-stroking.