As a newbie, I will use this as my inaugural posting of a new subject.
Time for a new theme other than Chinese *** and measuring times to
angstroms of seconds.
What is the proper way to count strokes per length? I know that the
important thing is that one is consistent in the way he or she counts the
strokes, always trying for that optimization of speed and fewest
strokes. However, whenever anyone says "how many strokes per length did
you count" whenever our coach has us doing drills counting strokes, I
respond "I don't know, how do you count strokes?"
I come out of a turn with my left shoulder down and take my first breath
on my right side after pulling and recoverying with my left arm first.
Is that first left arm a stroke?
In the middle of the length, I assume that one cycle of a left arm pull and
one right arm pull constitutes two strokes. Correct?
At the end of the length and going into the next turn, my final pull
(could be with either arm) ends such that both arms are along my side
beneath my hips. Is that last pull a stroke?
All chatter welcome. I realize that if one ponders this too much, they
don't have enough to do.