While there are only four recognized strokes of swimming, I have found that there are also four unique “strokes” of open water swimming.
1. Feed Stroke
A swimming stroke performed by floating on one’s back and kicking while frantically chugging liquid from a bottle.
2. Sighting Stroke
A swimming stroke performed by raising one’s head out of the water to look forward in hopes of catching a glimpse of a landmark. Often the whole head clears the water, while at other times just the eyes come out of the water.
3. “Forever” Stroke
A swimming stroke performed at a speed and tempo that an athlete can maintain “forever.”
4. “Almost Finished” Stroke
A swimming stroke that only occurs when one is very close to the end of a swim and finds some extra energy to increase speed
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