In some cases going into a backstroking position can be useful. While this position is one that is slower than most other types of swimming positions it is one that can be used for conserving energy. By backstroking the muscles will be able to get less pressure put on them. They will not wear out and have to work harder than needed for strokes. As a result the body will not become tired and the swimming can continue.
When swimming a long distance it will help to save strokes. Being able to stay efficient with strokes is important. Working with fewer strokes can be done by waiting until the movement from the previous stroke is slowed by at least half before getting another stroke in. The cruising that is created by a stroke should be utilized. A good target would be to use only about fifty strokes in each minute during a long distance swim. By keeping to this target the body will not get very tired.
Having a good rhythm like what is used with a metronome can be helpful. The rhythm should be focused less on the limbs but more with the body. The torso’s movements should be used for setting the rhythm rather than the limbs so that the body will be able to navigate through water more efficiently without using too many strokes. This can help to keep the swimmer from getting tired in the middle of a swim.
These tips are important for any long distance swimming activities. The pace of the swim and the strokes used are important as well as the rhythm. By using these considerations it will be easier to be a more successful long distance swimmer.