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Happy New Year! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/banana.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="banana"><br><br>
I started my odyssey towards an IM today. It was my first time swimming laps since college...almost 11 years ago for anyone counting.<br><br>
I...was...humbled. But, I had a blast. However, it did raise a few questions:<br><br>
- Should I measure my swim training by time in the pool, laps, or meters?<br>
- Am I supposed to pull my swim cap over my ears? I am hoping this questions isn't as stupid as it sounds. However, my hair was soaking wet even with the swim cap. I am wondering if it is because I was supposed to pull the cap down farther.<br><br>
I will search the forum for anything to do with goggles b/c that was a disaster!<br><br>
Any input would be greatly appreciated. Have a safe and happy New Year! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Very Happy">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">- <i>Should I measure my swim training by time in the pool, laps, or meters?</i></div>
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Definitely time and distance (yards or meters, depending on the pool/body of water you're swimming in).<br><br>
As far as laps, for me that's more to calculate the distances in a session or particular part of that session than anything else, though I know some logs have a column where you can log in the number of laps. Say your workout called for 100 yd of a particular drill - if your pool was 25 yd long, that would be 2 laps of the pool; if the pool was 50 yd long, that would be 1 lap. One thing to remember is that a lap is generally regarded as back-and-forth across a pool (as opposed to a length, which is from one side to the other).<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<div style="font-style:italic;">- Am I supposed to pull my swim cap over my ears? I am hoping this questions isn't as stupid as it sounds. However, my hair was soaking wet even with the swim cap. I am wondering if it is because I was supposed to pull the cap down farther.</div>
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I put plugs in my ears, so what works for me is pulling the cap all the way down behind my ears or covering the top half of my ear. I'm not sure how much hair you have to deal with though (mine tends to be on the short side) so if you have longer-length hair, others might be able to give you better advice.<br><br>
As far as goggles, if you can find a shop that has samples available to, well, sample, the best test is the suction test. Just stick the eyepieces over your eyes without strapping it behind your head to see if they'll stay on with just the suction. Chances are if they're staying on without the strap, that's a good goggle for your use in the pool.
 

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You should have your workout already written when you hit the pool. Their a re million ways to do it so I'll save that for another thread. My athletes are given workouts measured by distance.<br><br>
Can't help with the swim cap cause I have no hair. I do pull it down overm y ears when I race.<br><br>
Joe covered the goggles.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">You should have your workout already written when you hit the pool. Their a re million ways to do it so I'll save that for another thread. My athletes are given workouts measured by distance.</div>
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If you get a coach you may want to double check his math <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Very Happy"> just saying<br><br>
oh and i count each 25 as 1 that way when my watch lap counter says 100 i know i did my 2500 yards.
 

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Congrats on getting back in the pool.<br><br>
I think the rest has been covered, so just sayin' congrats <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile">
 

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Everyone has covered the important stuff, but just thought I'd mention that swim caps don't keep your hair dry. Whether you wear it over your ears or not is up to you - try both ways and see which you prefer. But you'll get wet hair either way!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">You should have your workout already written when you hit the pool.</div>
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One way to do that is <a href="http://www.swimplan.com/" target="_blank">using this site</a>.
 

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as longs as you are starting back I'd probably try the cap over ears and goggles. I can't stand either, but someone insists that I put goggles underneath cap......someone grabs them off in your IM and you're screwed. It happens
 

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John, thanks for the website!<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<div style="font-style:italic;">as longs as you are starting back I'd probably try the cap over ears and goggles. I can't stand either, but someone insists that I put goggles underneath cap......someone grabs them off in your IM and you're screwed. It happens</div>
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Wow! I never thought of that. I will try it tomorrow! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/icon_salut.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="salute"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/icon_salut.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="salute">
 
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