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2013-03-18 10:52 AM
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TriGuyBri - 2013-03-17 9:15 PM I use the lane buoys. Move one back for every 100 YDS. I go up to 1000 yds. and then either work my way back or start over. Works great unless someone pushes them from the other end of pool.

Saw someone doing this a couple weeks ago and I realized what a great idea it is. Now I do it too.



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erik.norgaard - 2013-03-17 3:53 PM

Every pool has a clock with a large second hand.

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The gym where I swim, the pool clock is so small and high up on the wall, I can't even see the second hand! It's not a proper pool clock. It's only there for people to tell the time... not for swimmers to swim using it (it can't be seen from either end of the pool).

2013-03-18 1:31 PM
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"Nothing beats the pace clock"... unless you wear glasses and can't SEE the pace clock from the pool...  I'm in the cheap $35 timex/lap every 100 metres camp.  My attention span is too short to remember what lap I'm on beyond about 6 and I still have to think about form too hard to remember letters or names (although I do like that idea!)
2013-03-18 1:44 PM
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Depending in the workout i get lost even with structured workouts:

 

Ex: 8 x  400s is not that hard to loose count but doing 4 x 1000 I get lost counting to 1000 =)

 

Do you guys with the garmins, does the garmin can tell you where are you at per lap? Or can I do the workout before hand and beep when I am done with each 1k?

2013-03-18 1:46 PM
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jarvy01 - 2013-03-18 10:33 AM I count by 25s.  

x2. I know we are all different but it's hard for me to imagine others not being able to... count. It comes very easy to me.

2013-03-18 1:52 PM
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skysos - 2013-03-17 9:25 PM I go through the alphabet.  Like for the first 26 laps, I think of a city that starts with the next letter on each lap.  Then I start again at the top with a different category: animals, boys or girls names, whatever.... Then it's easy to calculate # of laps, as long as you remember where you stopped and how many times you looped through.  Hope that helps; this method is absolutely foolproof for me. 

Love this idea...wish I would have read this before my 1500 TT yesterday.

I do this everytime as well, It works very well. Someone on BT posted it last year, Ive been using it ever since.



2013-03-18 1:56 PM
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I know what my average pace is per 100 (including rest breaks) and can keep track just looking at my watch once in a while.  Plus my workouts are usually broken down into shorter sets, so it's easy to just keep track.
2013-03-18 1:59 PM
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erik.norgaard - 2013-03-17 12:53 PM

Every pool has a clock with a large second hand. Learn where it is, it is your friend!

1. Make a program and do intervals, instead of 1000 I do 10x100 etc. I seldomly do more than intervals of 200. This splits your workout into chunks that you can count and also helps staying focused.

2. Keep fixed time per interval+rest - not fixed rest - and don't leave on the minute, because it will always be the same. Leaving on the half isn't good either when you have long sets. So, Instead of leaving on say, 2:00, you can do 2:05, that means that the second-hand will be on 00, 05, 10, 15 etc. last one of 10 leaving on 45 - or if you're faster try 1:55, then it goes the other way: 00, 55, 50 ... set your interval time so you have about 10-15sec rest, not more.

3. Keep track of your time and know your splits. You will learn your splits doing shorter intervals, then use that as reference on longer intervals. So in my case, I know that I do 200 in about 2:50, that means the first 50 in 0:42, 100 in 1:25, 150 in 2:07 and 200 in 2:50. In the turn I just need to glance briefly at the clock if I'm in doubt, if I left at :10, and the clock shows :20 then I know I've done 150 - well, because I know my split is :07 and add 3 seconds for push off and the first stroke - close enough, it can't possibly be any of the other options.

You don't need to invest in expensive high tech wrist wearables. I admit I have the 910xt too and it's a useful tool, but just as often I find it difficult to read in a brief glance and I have to twist my hand in a very non-streamlined fashion to do so. I mainly use it as a data logger.

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All of this (except the 910, only use mine for OW swims). 

And I do longer swims on occasion, up to 600 and sometimes 800, I keep track of the 100 splits and count by distance (i.e., 50, 100, 150), and if I screw up, which happens on occasion, as mentioned above I always try to err on the side of adding distance, rather than subtracting it.



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tvmendoza - 2013-03-18 1:44 PM

Depending in the workout i get lost even with structured workouts:

 

Ex: 8 x  400s is not that hard to loose count but doing 4 x 1000 I get lost counting to 1000 =)

 

Do you guys with the garmins, does the garmin can tell you where are you at per lap? Or can I do the workout before hand and beep when I am done with each 1k?

You can have 4 visable data cells on each of 4 pages on the 910.  This way you can track what you want.  For example, I have my total time, total distance, current lap distance and average pace on the first screen. 

The Garmin 910 works in an indoor pool very well.  It has a built in accerlerometer (sp?) that knows when a swimmer has touched a wall and started going back the same direction.  You can set it to a 25 yard / meter pool.  A 100 meter pool. or a custom length pool but Garmin advises that it can't be shorter than 15 yards (or something like that).  It's easy to know how far you have gone becasue it keeps track of your total distance.

I use it all the time indoors and outdoors with very few issues.  Once you get used to the lap feature you can start tracking your intervals very easily.  Althoug if you screw up hitting lap or the Start/Stop button your whole tracking system gets jacked up. 

I'm not a Garmin Sales employee, but this is by far one of my best investments for data collection. 

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jarvy01 - 2013-03-18 10:33 AM I count by 25s.  

x2. I know we are all different but it's hard for me to imagine others not being able to... count. It comes very easy to me.

Same here. On the counting and using 25s.

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tvmendoza - 2013-03-18 1:44 PM

Depending in the workout i get lost even with structured workouts:

 

Ex: 8 x  400s is not that hard to loose count but doing 4 x 1000 I get lost counting to 1000 =)

 

Do you guys with the garmins, does the garmin can tell you where are you at per lap? Or can I do the workout before hand and beep when I am done with each 1k?

Whatever you think it's between, you're on the lesser one.



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I swear by this little gem.

http://sportcount.com/products.php?category_id=1

Same here.  I count lengths, my wife counts laps (i have the shorter attention span)... whatever works for you.  I also print out my work out and add counts to it, so I know where I should be at the end of each set.  Keeps me on track.

 

 

I use it as well. I generally keep track of sets more then laps. I have the one that has a timer on it so I like to have exact times when tracking 25s and counting strokes/lap. After a set I quickly write down the pertinant info, reset the timer and start from 0 again for my next set. 

I do better when I don't have to think about math.

2013-03-18 2:13 PM
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jarvy01 - 2013-03-18 10:33 AM I count by 25s.  

x2. I know we are all different but it's hard for me to imagine others not being able to... count. It comes very easy to me.

Same here. On the counting and using 25s.

x3.  Every once in a great while I'm not 100% sure if I'm on the lap I think I am or one off.  In that case I just assume I've done the lesser of the two and if I got an extra 50 out of it, so be it.

2013-03-18 2:18 PM
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I always had the hardest time counting laps. Then i read (on bt forum)someone say they counted by using months of the year...up& back is January.. Up & back -Feb.. Etc...when you get to December, you completed 600 yds. That actually helped me keep track of my laps. My husband bought me a 910 for xmas. Wow. No worries about how far I've gone. It's all counted for me and allow me to focus on making my (poor) technique better.

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I find Adderall works pretty good for me with counting laps and...not forgetting my towl, lock, pass card, water bottle...  
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I can't believe I only saw it mentioned one of time. I count use the marker buoys. When I finish a lap I just slide a buoy towards the wall. If I lose count of my laps I just count the number of buoys I slid over.


2013-03-18 11:38 PM
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This is how I usually count laps...

"1... 1... 1..., 2... 2... 2..., 3... I'm kinda hungry, 3... 3..., 4... What sounds good? 4... 4..., Oh a sammich! "

"Wait... what lap am I on?  1... 1... 1..., 2... 2... 2..."

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double post, sorry



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Panda_Jack - 2013-03-18 11:38 PM

This is how I usually count laps...

"1... 1... 1..., 2... 2... 2..., 3... I'm kinda hungry, 3... 3..., 4... What sounds good? 4... 4..., Oh a sammich! "

"Wait... what lap am I on?  1... 1... 1..., 2... 2... 2..."



Its usually what I do, I also count strokes and breathing, breath every 5 storkes, etc.  This works for the shoret sets, IE 10 x 100, if I get "lost" I will look at the clock, and do the math.

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that is my problem...

Yesterday I was trying to do 400s and two times I came up with 450 lol

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