View Full Version : Ok So How fast are You? For Fun!

March 20th, 2004, 10:45 PM
I checked myself and I swam a 50 meter swim in ...35.25 with fins
yet! I did it again 34.35, 34.83. Now I did a pool side start..(in the pool from the wall )not a real Olympic dive in start and I was "cheating" with my fins..and fiddleing with the watch as I timed myself and lost a couple of seconds so my time was actually a bit better but hey at a half a century I need some extra help! The womens world record is 24:82. The mens 21:87 . Now lets see how fast we are at 50 meter freestyle. If you use a pool side start put (ps) after your time.= pool start.If you use fins put (f) after your time or (psf) =pool start fins.
If you leap in with a person timing you ..use no abbeviation. That would be olympic style and equal to the real world record times. Check your pool lenght for meters or yards. This is for fun.. Its fine to use fins ect ..just to see how close to these world class swims you can get and get a real idea of how fast these top swimmers are.. Remember that in real racing theres no fins..and theres a leap in start. Just give a god try and if you use fins note. A pool side start will not give the same times as a dive in start..not everyone can do a dive in start because of pool rules.
or other things.. just state (ps) pool side start. And remember a pool side start will take about 2 seconds off your swim time if you had did a leap in start so add it in for your own estimate of how fast you are. "READY...GO!"

March 21st, 2004, 12:43 PM
A block start can only give you 2 seconds if you are good at them!
Less if you are not.

Age should be mentioned in this also. I cannot nor ever will go as fast as a 20 year old!

Last summer in a meet(block start, no fins) I did 50 meters in 35.9. I am 42.

March 23rd, 2004, 10:14 PM
Considering I used fins your times are great. I am older then you I'm 50. I often can stay up with fast swimmers if I cheat with fins but now seeing what the records are , I can really see how fast the top class swimmers are!

March 24th, 2004, 07:36 AM
Yep, those fast swimmer are really incredible. I learned to swim 4 years ago at 38, so my times are still coming down. Don't know if that will continue to happen until I am 50 though. I used fins a whole bunch at first to keep up with the 80 year old man in my lane!!

March 24th, 2004, 08:24 AM
What's up with the fins? Fins may be fine for occassional kick sets or some other coaching directed effort but will totally ruin your overall stroke and body balance if used consistently, especially for racing.

Drop the fins, race for real.

March 24th, 2004, 06:11 PM
On the other side of the pool during our training times, in my small community pool, is a winner of the World Cup of Swimming. A sprint specialist and will be at the Olympics again this year.
Even with fins and paddles on I'm left in the wake! And without 'toys' I give it a good shot, but still end up seeing distant bubbles . But the sheer excitment and thrill of sharing the pool and working with this great swimmer and a truly incredible coach is truly inspirational.
I do a heck of a lot of underwater watching (I get passed regularly) and observe incredible technique and focus on training.
Not to mention doing the dryland afterwards together is HUGE.
Talk about inspiration, motivation and encouragement.

March 24th, 2004, 09:19 PM
Geek, I know I used fins a lot more at the beginning to help me just keep up with the group. It gets discouraging to be behind all the time. I also used them a lot when first learning fly to help with the timing. Fins seemed to cut down on the fatigue which then broke down the stroke.

Now I use fins occasionally, mostly for some kick sets, and some drills, but I don't all out swim with them. Mainly because I am working hard on making flip turns second nature and when I flip with fins, they come off! The are my son's hand-me downs and just slightly too big.

March 24th, 2004, 10:32 PM
I like the fins because I can go "fast " with them. I did say I use them and that I am a "cheater". On the day I tested my time I was hurting a bit and could have done a bit better. The fins are good exercise for my legs and body which is why I swim. I do feel I am becoming too addictive to them and when I take them off my kick is strange. I feel like I am moving my legs a hundred miles a hour at first and slow....ly crawing across the pool. I will have to do a time test without the fins freestyle..Probably going to be 40 seconds + for 50 meters. I have read here that you can use them too much and I probably am. I don't compete however and as I say swim for the heath benifits, but I do like to try and keep up with other swimmers. To tell the truth I am faster then most with the fins. I have on occasion seen some people "beating me" and then seen that they were finless which tells me that they really could swim fast and I was wondering what the average swimmer's time would be as we all know the world record times.