After swimming for the better part of my youth. Thrashing through more meters then most people will walk in their lifetime, I took several years off to get the water out of my ears. Now with triathlon swimming is my 'least favorite' discipline to train; especially on my own.
But coaching swimming is a different story. I have found a true love for the pool and the teaching the correct stroke mechanics of a efficient swim stroke. Over the last two years I have immersed myself in the coaching culture and stroke mechanics. I can honestly say that I learn a new trick to add to my 'torture bag' every week. Every action in the pool has a equal reaction (i know quite profound and original). I have become obsessed with skull and sets that induce lactic acid. It brings me great pleasure when someone beats their best GOLF score.
I have been asked several times to provide a article on bettering your swim stroke or reaching that new pb in the pool. After extensive reading and thought; my response to this is simply this. 'Get in the pool with a coach who knows and cares about your development. Hopefully they have experience, not necessarily with being fast themselves but with making people faster.'
No article will change the way you swim, you need some drill sergeant their telling you, showing you, where things are breaking down. Typically this does not happen with one lesson, especially if you have spent years learning the wrong muscle memory pattern.
Popov, the greatest sprinter of the 90's. Mimic your stroke after this guy!