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Paredes
December 18th, 2011, 01:08 PM
So my local club team has no practice till January. Either theyre not that serious about swimming, or really serious about the holidays :carolers:

But anyway my main point is, I have to keep training. The times of my competition are getting really close for my goal meet at May 15th. However, my resources only allow me to practice in a 12.5 meter pool at the YMCA. Kinda funny right? :D

Anyway I just wanna see the public's opinion on this, as well as what are some good workouts with all those extra flip turns? I will try to do 2.5 hours Mon-Sat till January, attempting to keep the 4000 yards we get per practice (If those flip turns don't kill me first!) XD

smontanaro
December 18th, 2011, 01:24 PM
Might this be an opportunity for extra work on your breakouts? Think of it. If you exceed the 15m limit you will know it for sure. :nono:

EJB190
December 18th, 2011, 02:13 PM
I have a 20x40 backyard pool and I've tried to practice in it. It's not easy. As soon as you turn you can take 3 strokes and then have to turn again. I've done over 1,000 yards, but its almost dizzying, plus my pool isn't great at absorbing the waves created, so it can get choppy. Usually I give up and drive to the pool.

I'd agree with working on your breakouts. Work on your turns and breathing. Work on your dives if allowed (though without a block, it may not be entirely helpful). Try and swim as far as you can, hopefully pesky little kids won't get in your way (I'm assuming this is not a lap pool).

Good Luck

Paredes
December 18th, 2011, 02:25 PM
I have a 20x40 backyard pool and I've tried to practice in it. It's not easy. As soon as you turn you can take 3 strokes and then have to turn again. I've done over 1,000 yards, but its almost dizzying, plus my pool isn't great at absorbing the waves created, so it can get choppy. Usually I give up and drive to the pool.

I'd agree with working on your breakouts. Work on your turns and breathing. Work on your dives if allowed (though without a block, it may not be entirely helpful). Try and swim as far as you can, hopefully pesky little kids won't get in your way (I'm assuming this is not a lap pool).

Good Luck

Funny you say that cause it is a lap pool. It is my last resource, as all of the other pools don't offer lap swimming to the public. Sad day.

gobears
December 18th, 2011, 02:35 PM
I'd be tempted to do a lot of kicking and vertical kicking/sculling. Practice your streamlined kicking sprints. It would be tempting to use a swim tether or surgical tubing of some kind to allow you to swim longer without turns (not sure if that would be allowed). Good luck!

Glenn
December 18th, 2011, 03:54 PM
I agree with gobears. I have rigged up a tether for my own backyard pool where I do three sets of six all out 8-10 second sprints on a minute. It trains the (I think) ATP energy system and is really a great sprint workout. That of course would not be the only thing you do and you wouldn't do it everyday, but it could be a part of your training.

Debugger
December 18th, 2011, 04:11 PM
Good visualization of swimming in such a pool - All-Strokes - Hotel Pool Sculling - YouTube :bolt:

They share some good ideas though how to get use of swimming in such pool

Karl_S
December 19th, 2011, 02:02 PM
When faced with tiny hotel pool I work on SDK and breaststroke pullouts.

knelson
December 19th, 2011, 03:58 PM
So my local club team has no practice till January. Either theyre not that serious about swimming

They definitely aren't. Many teams put in their hardest training of the year right now. Isn't there a longer pool anywhere you could use? Good luck!

ande
December 20th, 2011, 10:45 AM
You'll take more strokes per length if you do "swim aways"
instead of push offs

"swim aways" are where you don't push off at all, your feet touch the wall and you swim away

Do kick aways as well.

Also if you swim bent at the hip with your knees down you'll encounter more resistance on each pull and take many more strokes per length.

AnnG
December 20th, 2011, 05:05 PM
Swim lots of butterfly.

swimBRCT
December 20th, 2011, 10:04 PM
Club Wolverine makes a point of shortening their pool every few weeks. Short pool = excellent for high intensity work!

Short Pool - 12.5 Yards - YouTube

Paredes
December 21st, 2011, 11:32 AM
You'll take more strokes per length if you do "swim aways"
instead of push offs

"swim aways" are where you don't push off at all, your feet touch the wall and you swim away

Do kick aways as well.

Also if you swim bent at the hip with your knees down you'll encounter more resistance on each pull and take many more strokes per length.

Nice, never heard of swim aways. I'll give it a shot tonight. For some reason I'm skeptical about the bending at the hip thought. I'm scared I might lose my feel for the water if I do that XD.

knelson
December 21st, 2011, 11:42 AM
I'm skeptical about the bending at the hip thought.

You should be. It seems silly to intentionally focus on swimming with poor technique.

orca1946
December 21st, 2011, 07:02 PM
Are you sure that is not how deep it is??????
I would have a great 400 im time!!!!

Paredes
December 21st, 2011, 08:22 PM
Are you sure that is not how deep it is??????


Uh yes, I'm pretty sure haha. The pool is about 5 feet deep

Thrashing Slug
December 22nd, 2011, 12:32 PM
I would just decrease my practice frequency while increasing duration, and drive to somewhere with a decent pool.

EJB190
December 23rd, 2011, 05:09 AM
Perhaps invest in one of these (http://www.endlesspools.com/fastlane.php).

Or maybe tie your body to the wall with a rope and try to swim?