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cdrcld
August 1st, 2008, 07:49 PM
.... and another thing... How warm does the water in your pools get in the summer? I am finding that the older I get (I'm 45 now) the less tolerance I have to swimming hard sets in hot water. It is as though my muscles are lulled to sleep, and at the same time that my heart starts pounding to hard to be able to put together a quality set. I need way more rest after hard 100s/200s and my endurance or ability to hold a decent pace on 400s+ seems to vanish. I start noticing this effect at 83 degrees. By 87 degrees, i might as well do the whole workout = drills and breath control. By October things have cooled down enough to not feel like I am hard boiling my eggs any more, and by December my pool is in the low to mid 70s again...so I'm happy again.

So, how hot are the pools you are swimming in, and do you have the same issues with warm water affecting your workouts as we do???

phdude
August 1st, 2008, 08:52 PM
that's probably my biggest frustration after moving. I'm used to training in an indoor college pool where not many swimmers would come in, so they left it the temperature at the swimmers' preferences, which was around 78. workouts were absolutely fantastic in that pool. i'm now training in an outdoor pool that's pretty shallow (~3 feet at the shallow end, maybe 4 feet at the deeper end. Meanwhile, Allentown has its share of heat waves recently. on a "cool" day the water T is around 82, which is fine for doing a workout in, but i still feel like the water is warm compared to my old pool. it's hit 87 before, and it was just impossible to do anything longer than 200m in that kind of temperature. on the hot days i actually do more kicking sets because at least my head is out of the water. but i can definitely feel it once it gets above 84. the way i'm able to survive in the pool is to freeze a 32oz of gatorade prior to swimming, open er up after warmup (by that time the ice should have melted enough to take a drink), and place your kickboard over the bottle so at least it's in the shade. i'm going to be getting a better insulated bottle soon to hopefully keep the hydration cool for a little while longer.

marksman
August 2nd, 2008, 12:59 AM
yeah 78 is perfect imo. 82 is borderline.

swimcat
August 2nd, 2008, 08:16 AM
78 is great, 80 ok above that fuggitaboutit.
i swam at a ymca that liked to keep the temp in the summer at 84-88. i felt like a soft boiled egg and never did hard sets.
as a result of swimming in this temp, i went to a meet, jumped in a 78 pool and lost my breath. hey, they call me the polar bear in fla.

SwimRobin
August 2nd, 2008, 09:25 AM
PHdude - sounds like our situations are similar. Our aquatic center closes down every August for maintenance, an extremely nice facility that is air & pool temperature-contolled. Now I find myself tapering in a shallow outdoor pool with air temperature in the 90s, heat index around 100. The pool temperature must be above 85 degrees. I just about had heat exhaustion the other night!

chaos
August 2nd, 2008, 11:38 AM
above 80 is a bath.

ScarletSwimmer
August 2nd, 2008, 11:49 AM
Our indoor Y pool's heater is broken and won't be replaced until Sept. The water temp is normally 82 (for the water walkers, noodlers, etc.) The temp is now in the mid 70s. Swimmers love it! :bouncing: Several of us have suggested to the AD to turn off the heater every summer, but the non-swimmers are pitching a fit. The other indoor pool is still heated at around 88, but apparently they don't like that pool because of all the "splashing". :shakeshead:

I love swimming outdoors, but the water is currently in the upper 80s, and I just feel ill in it.

Charge
August 2nd, 2008, 01:23 PM
I would just take the summer off or do kick only sets if the water temp was that high for me. I'm about to boil in 84 degree water right now.

Nathan
August 2nd, 2008, 02:49 PM
We've trained at a few high school pools where we would come in and the find that the boiler was broken and the water, as a result, over 90 degrees. Of course, you could guess what our coach would say.

"Guess it's going to be a warm one in here today."

Willow
August 2nd, 2008, 06:43 PM
Any hotter than 82 and I feel totally sick.

Donna
August 2nd, 2008, 10:53 PM
Anything over 82 gets tough but can handle upwards of 85 since having to put up with outdoor swimming last summer. Ideal is 78-81 for me, colder side is always better.

Betsy
August 4th, 2008, 03:15 PM
On a good day in winter, my Y is 83-84. I have adjusted well to that.
In summer, however, it gets hard to tolerate. I can do a fairly good workout at 85, a modified workout at 86. I don't bother if it gets to 87.

lefty
August 4th, 2008, 03:19 PM
Winters in Michigan 83 is just fine. In Houston I think I would just go home if the pool was 83.

anita
August 4th, 2008, 04:07 PM
Indoor Y pool--84*
I can never "cool down" and wind up cooling off in a cold shower instead.

ddunbar
August 4th, 2008, 04:09 PM
Is there a pool in Houston that is under 83? I remember back in the 70s when they put couple of tons of ice in the DADs Club pool for the age group long course championships between the prelims and finals. It still felt like bathwater

knelson
August 4th, 2008, 06:17 PM
When the water gets too hot just think of it as the Bikram Yoga equivalent for swimming. :)

lefty
August 4th, 2008, 09:18 PM
Is there a pool in Houston that is under 83? I remember back in the 70s when they put couple of tons of ice in the DADs Club pool for the age group long course championships between the prelims and finals. It still felt like bathwater


That same pool was 81 last weekend when I swam in it. And I am 4 minutes away so I can check again if you would like! I think it is because of the air-raters (have no idea how to spell that). They work

smontanaro
August 4th, 2008, 10:31 PM
I don't bother if it gets to 87.

I learned this lesson yesterday. Went to the beach (Evanston, IL). All beaches were closed due to e. coli, so I toodled on over the the local LA Fitness(*). The pool temp was 87. I should have brought a bar of soap. I did all of 700 yards.

Skip

(*) BTW, if you ever, ever, ever think you might want to join LA Fitness, google for cancel membership LA Fitness first.

Kurt Dickson
August 4th, 2008, 10:32 PM
I did a set of 5x500s in 91 degree water a few weeks back--I think I had a vision.:angel:

Kurt Dickson
August 4th, 2008, 10:37 PM
I learned this lesson yesterday. Went to the beach (Evanston, IL). All beaches were closed due to e. coli, so I toodled on over the the local LA Fitness(*). The pool temp was 87. I should have brought a bar of soap. I did all of 700 yards.

Skip

(*) BTW, if you ever, ever, ever think you might want to join LA Fitness, google for cancel membership LA Fitness first.

Word on LA fitness; went there (Glendale, AZ) 3 days ago--1) 85 degrees, 2) 0 visibility, and 3) enough chlorine (or chloramines) to make me need an oxygen tent. I would have contributed to the mess with a fresh dump in the pool but unfortunately I have a shy rectum.:bitching:

ViveBene
August 4th, 2008, 10:51 PM
(*) BTW, if you ever, ever, ever think you might want to join LA Fitness, google for cancel membership LA Fitness first.

That sounds like a nightmare.
AmEx and probably most credit card cos. will issue a one-use-only number such that there can be no automatic renewals against that number.

Regards, VB

Kurt Dickson
August 5th, 2008, 12:15 AM
I had a similar experience trying to get my daughter's membership cancelled (membership was a vain attempt to get one of my daughters off of her crack pipe...um I mean cell phone).

Still LA fitness fulfills that need for a 2 am swim after the hoard of belligerent drunks is through retching beer and bratwurst all over my birkenstocks (like the alliteration?). :wave:

craiglll@yahoo.com
August 5th, 2008, 12:29 AM
People say how terrible they feel when it is hot. Generally, I don't believe them. I love it at 93 to 100 with humidity. Today though I rode my bike home and did feel uncomfortable. There is nothing like being on a beach or poolside being wet and then go run into the water.

I tease that my jobs in Hell will be waiting at the Devil's restaurant on the patio on Mother's Day. That is my job I will have to pay the rent. My real job will be answering the Devil's switch board listening to everyone complain about the heat and not being able to get their calls threw. I used to work in a restaurant in DC. I would go set up the patio in the middle of July to August sure that some one would want to eat out there. No one ever did. Every night, I was so disappointed.

aquageek
August 5th, 2008, 08:06 AM
I did a set of 5x500s in 91 degree water a few weeks back--I think I had a vision.:angel:

That is really, really funny.

ddunbar
August 5th, 2008, 10:08 AM
Lefty - When I swam there, the aerator had not been used. When I first moved here in 94 the first colony aquatics center had an aerator but would not run it during the day for safety concerns. I tried swimming the club there but the water was just too hot for it to be worth it. Later I joined the under water hockey team that played at the pool after all swimmers had finished at 7:30 pm and the water was a little more pleasant.

Best water temperature I have found in Houston has been in the Lifetime Fitness lap pool. Theoritically it is only used for lap swimmers while the noodlers and open swim are supposed to use the family pools.