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nkace
May 9th, 2005, 12:45 PM
How can I figure out how many miles I am doing? How do I convert when the coach says we're swimming a 3200? I know this should be easy but can't remember since it's been a while.

SwiminONandON
May 9th, 2005, 12:46 PM
Figure that 1500 meters is about a mile or 1650 yards ...

nkace
May 9th, 2005, 01:06 PM
So what is 1650?

Fishgrrl
May 9th, 2005, 01:08 PM
66 laps.....65 flip turns....a lot of pain and suffering....and my favorite event! :)

nkace
May 9th, 2005, 01:10 PM
66 laps is a mile?

Fishgrrl
May 9th, 2005, 01:12 PM
Well...yes and no. I believe I've heard that exactly one mile is 1700 or 1750 yards. In an actual event (at a swim meet) and according to the workouts I've done, "the Mile" is known as 1650 or 66 laps (lengths of the pool).

nkace
May 9th, 2005, 01:14 PM
Oh alright, gotcha, thx.

SwiminONandON
May 9th, 2005, 01:17 PM
The mile is swum primarily by triathletes and swimmers that are Krazy (that's right Krazy with a capitol K)

nkace
May 9th, 2005, 01:22 PM
Well if it's non-stop yeah that's a bit much.

SwiminONandON
May 9th, 2005, 01:26 PM
Actually it's not bad ... nice to just zone out and enjoy the water ... however, I will NEVER list it as a favorite event, I am more sane than Kari, and enjoy the 200IM.

Fishgrrl
May 9th, 2005, 01:26 PM
Hey...hey!!! Who you be callin' Krazy, girl?????? ;)

SwiminONandON
May 9th, 2005, 01:28 PM
never said I wasn't a bit Krazy, just that distance swimmers are REALLY Krazy. I'd rather swim a 400IM ... an 800IM even ...

nkace
May 9th, 2005, 01:32 PM
That's way too long for me.... nice to have that endurance though

SwiminONandON
May 9th, 2005, 01:33 PM
Once you find a good rhythm it really isn't bad ...

nkace
May 9th, 2005, 01:37 PM
How do you build up to that? I think I would never be able to do that.

Fishgrrl
May 9th, 2005, 01:38 PM
Yes...I like my pain and suffering in large doses. Those sprinter types are too "wham bam thank you ma'am" for me.

But you know....I "secretly" worship those IMers....

SwiminONandON
May 9th, 2005, 01:39 PM
Well first change the mentality to I can totaly do that, Im just going to have to work on it. If you are doing 3,200 a practice, you can swim a mile straight no problem, its about rhythm ... take it REALLY slow

Allen Stark
May 9th, 2005, 01:40 PM
One mile is 1760 yd. or 5280 ft. It's only slightly more than 1600 Meters ,therefore unless you are swimming Meters it won't be an even number of lengths.

SwiminONandON
May 9th, 2005, 01:41 PM
Love my sprints too ... don't dis sprinters just b/c you are jealous ;)

I secretly worship distance swimmers and there ability to hang on, I don't mind swimming distance but I suck at it.

Fishgrrl
May 9th, 2005, 01:43 PM
I admit it; I'm jealous!!! I can't sprint my way out of a paper bag or if my life depended on it! I don't have that kind of power, but I'm in for the long haul.....!!

SwiminONandON
May 9th, 2005, 01:44 PM
Kari, I have a teammate that I can beat in any distance up to a 200 but anything over that and she kicks my butt up one side of the pool and down the other ... she is amazing. I totally admire that.

nkace
May 9th, 2005, 01:44 PM
Yeah drills in practice break things up so it's not a continuous 3200 swim, I am ready to grip when we do a 500, I am such a wimp.

SwiminONandON
May 9th, 2005, 01:46 PM
It's mental at that point then ... seriously, if you do 3,200 in practice you can swim a mile, you just have to learn how to pace, which is easier said than done ... just swim it slow, slower than you think you'd need to ...

Fishgrrl
May 9th, 2005, 01:47 PM
Keather - yes, it's variety that makes the world go around. I remember our coach telling me once that "Mark Spitz was terrible at backstroke; you can't be good at everything" - which was really good advice because it was during a time when I was really obsessing about trying to train for the 400 IM (LOL!)!

nkace - how long have you been swimming. We do not allow name calling on this board, so stop calling yourself a wimp! ;)

SwiminONandON
May 9th, 2005, 01:51 PM
Kari -

Absolutely ... I do strive to kick butt at every event though, every stroke, every distance ... haha ...

nkace
May 9th, 2005, 01:54 PM
I find it hard to believe, Spitz bad at something related to swimming.
I used to swim in high school, so it's been a long time since I started doing drills & such.

SwiminONandON
May 9th, 2005, 01:57 PM
Keep in mind bad is relative ...

nkace
May 9th, 2005, 02:03 PM
Yeah I guess so.
Do you breath on both sides?

SwiminONandON
May 9th, 2005, 02:07 PM
Usually ... when I get really tired or lazy I'll just breathe to the right, but for the most part I breathe bilaterally ... you'll find swimmers at every level that breathe to one side (Thorpe for ex) and ones that alt.

Fishgrrl
May 9th, 2005, 02:10 PM
Ahhh...breathing to both sides....I've heard both "sides" of the story from coaches - one person said, "you have to breath to both sides!" .... another said, "don't worry about it as long as you make sure your body is rotating enough."

I, for one, only breath to my left. Not a good idea, because even if you do favor one side, it's good to be able to comfortably breath to both sides, because you will have a rounder, more even stroke. This morning I was trying to concentrate on breathing to my right for one length, then breathing to my left for one length. My stroke really breaks down when I try to breath to my right, but I believe it's necessary to be able to do so.

What about you?

nkace
May 9th, 2005, 02:12 PM
Yeah, I totally breathe on my right & want to learn how to do the other so I don't strain myself or end up lopsided.
I just found out how I learned breast stroke has changed-I ahd no idea sroke (form) could change over the yrs.

Conniekat8
May 9th, 2005, 05:27 PM
Originally posted by nkace
How can I figure out how many miles I am doing? How do I convert when the coach says we're swimming a 3200? I know this should be easy but can't remember since it's been a while.

is that meters or yards?

One mile has 5280 feet, divide that by 3 and get yards, 1760 if you want to be exact.

Many people 'affetionatlely' call the 1500 meter distance a mile, and it most closely resembles n actual distance of 1650 yards.

Then to complicate things more, you might want to get into a conversion between feet and meters... Then you can try and account for a difference between a nautical mile and a land mile...
How exact do you want to be??? ;)

Scansy
May 9th, 2005, 06:27 PM
Originally posted by Conniekat8
is that meters or yards?

One mile has 5280 feet, divide that by 3 and get yards, 1760 if you want to be exact.

Many people 'affetionatlely' call the 1500 meter distance a mile, and it most closely resembles n actual distance of 1650 yards.

Then to complicate things more, you might want to get into a conversion between feet and meters... Then you can try and account for a difference between a nautical mile and a land mile...
How exact do you want to be??? ;)

Stated like a true engineer!:rolleyes:

Bob McAdams
May 10th, 2005, 12:30 AM
Originally posted by nkace
66 laps is a mile?

Actually, it's what's sometimes called a "metric mile" (since 1500m is the round metric distance that's closest to a mile). A real mile would be approximately 70 lengths of a 25y pool.

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May 10th, 2005, 02:23 PM
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jim thornton
May 10th, 2005, 11:14 PM
I can't believe you guys got this sowrong!

A mile is 1760 yards or (very, very close to) 1600 meters. (A meter is about 10 percent longer than a yard.) That means that in a 25 yard pool, you have to swim 72 lengths (actually, 1800 yards, or 40 yards more than a mile); in a 25 meter pool, you have to swim 64 lengths; in a 50 meter pool, you have to swim 32 lengths.

Whatever your yardage is, divide it by 1760 to determine the mile count. 3200 yards = 1.82 miles.

Whatever your meters are, divide this by 1600 to determine the mile count. 3200 meters = 2 miles.

Hope this helps.