Usually when I swim a 500 SCY, the Speedo usually reports 200 to 210
cycles (400 to 420 strokes), although I got 180 once. For the 1000
SCY, I usually get 400 to 410 cycles (800 to 820 strokes), although I
got 350 once. That's about 20 or 21 strokes per length. I haven't
been happy with these numbers, but I have been getting steadily faster
and I just assumed I was a bit inefficient over distance.
I left my Stroke Monitor in the locker today, so I just started
swimming and counting strokes. I was surprised. First length - 14,
second length - 15, then 16s, 17s & some 18s. If I averaged 17, I did
500 in 340 strokes or 170 cycles.
When I sprint, the Speedo usually reports 19 or 20 cycles (38 to 40
strokes) in the 50 SCY. Today I counted 35 in a sprint. For my next
workout, I'll have to count carefully and compare with the Speedo.
While I'm pleased that I'm getting better stroke length, I'm wondering
where the Speedo could be finding the extra cycles. The only thing
that occurs to me is that my arm might be going in and out of the water
on the reach. Anyone else notice this?