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October 27th, 2002, 07:36 AM
Hello all.

I'm looking for tips on training effectively in a high temperature pool. I have a ten second walk to the YMCA near my house (convenient!), but they keep the water temp at 83-86 degrees (unbearable!). They enforce a mandatory cap policy - so my brain is frying after the warm-up. Any way to salvage the great location?!?! Or should I shop for a new pool? Or...
join the Jazz-ercisers????


October 27th, 2002, 08:42 AM
If you are intent on this location, maybe try a lycra cap ... at least your head will get wet. Also, spending a lot of time doing drills to perfect your stroke and/or turns can be less taxing when the temp is 86. 83 is a world of difference and much easier to swim in. Of course it is hard to plan a workout when it is dependent on the temperature when you get there.

Good Luck!

October 27th, 2002, 11:11 AM
I remember training as a kid with a Canadian coach (fantastic coach) who had a theory: the hotter the water the harder you work, and thus when you hit cold water in a meet you'd fly through the water and tire less. The sensation was just so. Technically, I don't know if there is rhyme or reason to this, but perhaps traing in hot (logically denser) water you may have an advantage.
Also, I think you adapt to working out in hotter water and get to know if you overheating (when you start steaming through your lycra cap!)

mojo flyer
October 28th, 2002, 01:32 PM
I coach and sometimes swim in a pool with 82 -86 degrees water temp. We generally make the intervals larger and add extra rest in between sets to help with recovery which takes a little longer then when in a cooler pool. You might keep track of your heart rate to monitor your recovery after fast swimming. Also, keep a bottle of water poolside as you will probably dehydrate faster in the warmer water. One swimmer puts his waterbottle in the freezer overnight and brings it to practice as a block of ice which melts as he swims and provides him with a ice cold refresher. Hope this is helpful, see you at the pool.