So how do you get faster ?
Again - it's actually pretty simple - there are 2 ways to improve your maximum speed:
A) More distance per stroke while maintaining the same stroke rate. Part of this is usually technique - but there are other ways - like strength.
B) Swim with a higher stroke rate, while maintaining the same distance per stroke
For me - my stroke rate is simply too low. At maximum speed, my stroke rate is 52 -- meaning it takes me about 1.14 seconds to complete a full cycle (left and right arm - some watches have a stroke count feature or you can have somebody time 2-3 full cycles; it's more accurate than timing just one).
Some of this depends of course on your height and arm length - but I just watched Matt Grevers (he is 3 inches taller than me) go at a rate of above 60 in his 50 Free.
My new best friend for the Spring season will no doubt be the tempo trainer -- I already started working with it this week even though I have one more fun race this weekend. I am just planning the Season now - so more to come