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    50 Meters vs 25 yards

    My "home" pool is a 25 yard pool. I recently swam in a 50 meter pool. I loved it, but found that my pace (adjusted to min per 100 yds) was about 15% slower than in my usual 25 yd pool pace. Do more frequent turns typically aid your speed? Thanks!

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    Re: 50 Meters vs 25 yards

    Yes, each turn is worth roughly one second, so you're giving up a couple seconds per hundred just on the turns. A meter is about 9% longer than a yard. Add it up and a 15% difference is probably about right. I think most conversion tools would say a 1:00 100 yard free swim is about 1:08-1:09 for long course meters, so about 13-15% slower.

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    Re: 50 Meters vs 25 yards

    Yes - walls are your friend! And FLY takes forever to get to the far turn wall !!!

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    Re: 50 Meters vs 25 yards

    Quote Originally Posted by knelson View Post
    Yes, each turn is worth roughly one second, so you're giving up a couple seconds per hundred just on the turns. A meter is about 9% longer than a yard. Add it up and a 15% difference is probably about right. I think most conversion tools would say a 1:00 100 yard free swim is about 1:08-1:09 for long course meters, so about 13-15% slower.
    Because of the extra distance and fewer turns as Kirk explains, your energy systems need to train to support this longer and more difficult (more continuous from reduced number of turns) effort.
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