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I was down b/c my swim sucked today.<br><br>
I was slow...took too many strokes...suspected new gym was a meter pool. I was depressed. Nothing was marked.<br><br>
Stitch came to the rescue and called my gym in GA from Bammer...METER POOL!<br><br>
Yay-thanks to Stitch I was able to verify I don't suck as much as I thought I did.<br><br>
So...when Sheldon makes me do my pre IM 5000y super secret endurance swim...and I do the meters as if they were yards...how many yards would I be swimming? For realz?<br><br>
Guess I better bookmark a good swim calculator.<br><br>
Anyone got favorites? Someone posted one from a chicago site or something once...I think Ella found it...
 

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Y'all are so smart and special.<br><br>
Ask me how to subdivide rhythms...I can answer that one for you!
 

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Here's the Chicago one: <a href="http://www.chicagotriclub.com/info/tips/pacecalc.asp" target="_blank">http://www.chicagotriclub.com/info/tips/pacecalc.asp</a><br><br>
Not sure if it helps you convert though - the Google option is probably best for that.<br><br>
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Google can tell you anything. Even the number of horns on a unicorn acre in units of teaspoons per light year. Don't <a href="http://www.google.com/search?q=number+of+horns+on+a+unicorn+acre+in+tea+spoons+per+light+year" target="_blank">believe</a> me?
 

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Don't down-convert...it just gets way too confusing. Swim the 5000m and know that you've put a little extra in the bank that can be used to counter any issues with conditions or sighting.
 

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You know we were JUST talking about that...
 

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Unless you're having shoulder issues and you need to watch your yardage...then, be careful. Because as those meters add up, the cumulative effect adds up too.<br><br>
I find that I like swimming long course better, because it gives me a chance to establish and hold a rhythm much better than short course.<br><br>
Oh....T: music lady....<br>
One of the swimmers in my morning group read some article where some guy (how's that for authoritative references???) said that swimming goes well with waltz music. Soooo.....she brought in a cd of all these pop waltzes (ie. "Morning Has Broken...etc.). We don't have speakers underwater, but when we were on our rest intervals, we were dancin'!<br><br>
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So what was your stroke count on the 25m pool?
 

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I've done the waltz drill...it goes! For shizzle. Waltz drill...it was assigned to me before-not from Sheldon or CC...another swim coach.<br><br><br>
 

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22 I think...don't remember...in a regular I'm 17-19
 

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What is that one?<br>
We just listened to music for kicks and giggles.<br><br>
Heard some Bob Denver.......lol<br>
That was pretty fun.
 

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For what it's worth... a couple of years ago I gave up stroke counting and got much faster. I'm short... only 5 feet tall. To run as fast as my taller friends I have to move my legs quicker. To swim as fast as my taller friends I have to move my arms faster. Fewer strokes = slower swim times for me. I have the strength and endurance and it doesn't wear me out to move my arms quickly. I don't care what the Total Immersion guy says <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
 

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Yeah....<br>
if stroke count is all you focus on, that's probably not as good as combining it with speed. That's why the swimming golf is a good drill. It combines your score from time and stroke count, so you have to work at not sacrificing speed for reach.<br><br>
My coach has us focus on stroke count for a few weeks in what she calls the "tearing down and building up" phase....then, we move on with just occasional reminders.<br><br>
When we did a set today where count was the focus, I was hitting 27 strokes per 50, swimming just a tad under medium.<br>
Then, when I was doing some speed work, (mini IM 75s) instead of hitting 13 or 14 strokes on the FR legs as I had been, I was up to 17 or 18. But, I was faster. Ya gotta have both.
 

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I'd be freaking <img alt="banana.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/banana.gif"> with 22.<br>
just.sayin.you.don't.know.what.sucking.at.swimming .trulyis. When I get a few 24s I'm in 7th heaven.
 

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I don't focus on stroke count...I know what I usually am when I do a check here and there.<br><br>
When my 100s came up slow consistantly, I counted a few times...
 

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Yup.<br>
I asked once how I could tell whether I was swimming an even pace.....<br>
Ann said that I would be hitting the same or nearly the same number of strokes per length if I were.<br><br>
Ah ha! From that point, I started listening more.....now, I can tell sorta how fast I'm going by the sound of the woosh woosh.......ok, it's more like I have a slow sound, a medium sound, and an "ohmigoshithinki'llpuke" sound. <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif">
 
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