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Greg54swimmer
March 11th, 2016, 05:22 PM
This is now my third post to this board.

Today I did a self time in my pool of my 100 yard Breaststroke. First off, let me make it clear that the pool I have been working in is a strange, old one. It actually measures out to 100 feet long and has 4 lanes. All along I thought it was 25 meters long so all my workouts have been longer than I thought. When I have been swimming my 10 X 500's each set has been 2000 feet instead of 1500 feet. If you follow that example, 10 to 13 of these sets equal nearly 4 and 5 mile workouts.

Tomorrow I am doing my first Masters coached workout and I am very excited about this. Now back to the 100 Breaststroke swim. I used my G Shock to time myself. Since there is no diving allowed in this pool I pushed off the wall. When I was completed and looked at my watch my time was 1:07 so I assume with a stopwatch I may have done a little better. After that, I thought to myself not bad for an almost 55 year old fart! Needless to say, I expect to only improve on this with a real coach who will work me properly and I am very excited about this.

Anyway, I thought this was worthy of a post.

Greg

gobears
March 11th, 2016, 05:44 PM
So, you are in an old 33 1/3 yard pool, then? Those are fun. We trained in one occasionally in college. 1:07 for a 100 yard breaststroke is almost a Top Ten time for men in your age group (with a dive in competition)!

Greg54swimmer
March 11th, 2016, 06:14 PM
So, you are in an old 33 1/3 yard pool, then? Those are fun. We trained in one occasionally in college. 1:07 for a 100 yard breaststroke is almost a Top Ten time for men in your age group (with a dive in competition)!

Holy cow! Really? Yes, the pool is exactly 100 feet or 33 1/3 yards. Only one like it I have ever swam in.

smontanaro
March 11th, 2016, 06:52 PM
Holy cow! Really? Yes, the pool is exactly 100 feet or 33 1/3 yards. Only one like it I have ever swam in.

It appears to have been a pretty common distance in the old days. A recently revived thread from a couple years ago discusses the topic. When I was at UCLA in the early 1970s, I believe the Men's Gym pool was 100ft long.

Greg54swimmer
March 11th, 2016, 06:55 PM
Did not know that. Thank you, good information.

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Allen Stark
March 11th, 2016, 10:48 PM
If you can do a 1:07 in a 100 ft pool with an in pool start, you could do at least a 1:05 with a block start and the extra turn. That would put you right in the middle of the 55-59 Top Ten. If you do some speed work you could get even faster.

orca1946
March 11th, 2016, 11:24 PM
good for you. I hope you swim in a 25 yd pool to give us a touchpad time to back this up. It sounds promising.

knelson
March 13th, 2016, 01:49 AM
Now back to the 100 Breaststroke swim. I used my G Shock to time myself. Since there is no diving allowed in this pool I pushed off the wall. When I was completed and looked at my watch my time was 1:07 so I assume with a stopwatch I may have done a little better. After that, I thought to myself not bad for an almost 55 year old fart!

Just to be clear, are we talking about 100 feet or 100 yards (i.e. one length or three lengths)? If it's 100 yards this is definitely exceptional especially with no dive start and only two turns.

orca1946
March 13th, 2016, 03:33 PM
Pushing the g-shock button could make it off by 1-2 secs. either way.

Greg54swimmer
March 14th, 2016, 03:18 PM
Hey guys and gals I am very embarrassed to say that I must do a complete retraction on this post. This morning I went and measured the pool with a tape measure and it is on fact 75 feet long. So now I need to refigure the distances in my workouts. In the middle of the week I will redo a proper 100 yard Breaststroke and post my time. To be totally honest I will be happy with anything in the 1:30's to start. So, eating crow on this post.

Today I did swim a 5,325 yard swim. Saturday was 2,100 yards of sprints with the local Masters club.

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smontanaro
March 14th, 2016, 04:03 PM
No worries. I couldn't swim 1:07 for a 75br. :-)

gobears
March 14th, 2016, 04:28 PM
1:07 would have been a very fast time for a 55 year old who hasn't really been training for a fast 100 yard breast! Now you have a goal time :) Congrats on the first masters swim!!!

Mullenski
March 15th, 2016, 01:32 PM
Heck, I'll take 1:07 for a 50! Never did understand that stroke...

orca1946
March 16th, 2016, 12:08 AM
We will wait on the 25 yard time .

rtodd
March 27th, 2016, 07:02 PM
I swim in a 100 ft pool. That is crazy fast for a 100 breast. That is one less wall than a 25 yard pool. With a dive and the extra wall, you should be down around the minute mark.

rtodd
March 27th, 2016, 07:04 PM
Oh, I just saw the rest of the thread........still good for 75 yards!

Gary P
March 29th, 2016, 07:33 PM
Don't sweat it, a similar thing happened to me when I got back into the sport a couple years ago after a 27 year layoff. I got a bit chesty when I thought I was hitting USMS Summer Nationals Qualifying Times in practice after only 3 months of working out solo 3-4 times a week for less than an hour. Then came the realization that I was swimming in a 25 yard long pool, not a 25 meter long pool. (In my youth, every YMCA pool I ever swam at was Meters so I though they were all that way :blush:.)

My blog entry was titled "An Embarrassing, Confidence Shaking Realization (https://210dayfix.wordpress.com/2015/02/16/an-embarrassing-confidence-shaking-realization/)".

orca1946
March 30th, 2016, 12:06 AM
Yes, it is a real difference from yards to meters. It does not sound like much, but distance does change the time outcome.