I've been trying to improve my stroke to get hands away and keep my knees together. It's slowly getting better as I get a bit fitter and the inches away around my waist reduce. Anyway, one result of this is a longer stroke but a feeling of insecurity just before the catch when its choppy. Together with the wind getting under the blades on the recovery (especially in a side wind) this made me think I'd try the stabilisers again for a while. I was amazed (the Speedcoach doesn't lie) to find my pace improving with a lower heart and stroke rate. I've been out three times now with the floats on and have recorded my best times ever around my 4.3 mile course. Interesting huh?