Results 1 to 18 of 18

Thread: 1-hour Postal Swim advice

  1. #1
    Very Active Member ForceDJ's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    Portsmouth, RI
    Posts
    389

    1-hour Postal Swim advice

    I have a bit of a quandary with my upcoming 1-hour Postal swim. As I've been training for it, I've concentrated on hitting certain yardage (meters) at specific times. However, for whatever reason, at the SCM pool that I swim at about 99% of the time, there won't be a Postal swim conducted this year. I had to sign up for a time-slot at another nearby pool...that I've never actually swam in. It's a rather new facility at a local college. I was under the assumption that it too is a 25 SCM pool. So no big deal. But I just found out that it's a SCY pool. So my question is...other than the obvious of doing the math to convert from meters to yards to determine where I want to be at certain times...is there anything else that I should be considering? Should I just throw out my planned time/distance milestones from the SCM pool and just "go for it" in the SCY pool?

    Dan

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	IMG_1330.jpg 
Views:	202 
Size:	188.2 KB 
ID:	11507
    Last edited by ForceDJ; March 26th, 2018 at 11:44 AM.

  2. #2
    Very Active Member knelson's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2003
    Location
    Seattle, WA
    Posts
    8,064
    Blog Entries
    567

    Re: 1-hour Postal Swim advice

    My advice is just get in and start swimming and don't overthink it. If you've been training for it you must have a good feel for the pace you can hold. Just start swimming and don't worry about the clock.

  3. #3
    Very Active Member Kurt Dickson's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    AZ
    Posts
    560

    Re: 1-hour Postal Swim advice

    I just did my 18th one hour postal. I used to try to have my counter flash me signals if I was above or below a certain pace. There were cowbells involved and the red and black side of a kick board. Also, there were instructions for standing at certain time markers. Through all this, I found I was confusing my counter and pissing myself off...so for marital harmony, I just go out in a pace I think I can hold and am appreciative she has a distance (or time for the other postals) for me at the end....and eternally grateful she has not left me for all the nonsense I put her through.

  4. #4
    Very Active Member ForceDJ's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    Portsmouth, RI
    Posts
    389

    Re: 1-hour Postal Swim advice

    Quote Originally Posted by Kurt Dickson View Post
    I found I was confusing my counter and pissing myself off...so for marital harmony, ...
    That's LOL. Glad it worked out for you.

    Dan

  5. #5
    Very Active Member Sumorunner's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2016
    Location
    Latham, NY
    Posts
    303

    Re: 1-hour Postal Swim advice

    My problem last year as a newcomer was no one to record it for me. I have a Swimovate watch that records laps very accurately, but it's not acceptable unless there's someone else to sign that they watched me do it.

  6. #6
    Very Active Member ForceDJ's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    Portsmouth, RI
    Posts
    389

    Re: 1-hour Postal Swim advice

    Quote Originally Posted by Sumorunner View Post
    My problem last year as a newcomer was no one to record it for me. I have a Swimovate watch that records laps very accurately, but it's not acceptable unless there's someone else to sign that they watched me do it.
    Last year was my first year too. The coach (longtime friend) at my usual swim group/pool did the counting for me last year. But at the pool I am swimming it in for this year...the school's swimmers are volunteering to do it for donations to their team (good idea). I've also thought about baking some cookies for my personal lap counter. A nice snack to enjoy during the hour. My "suggestion" will be that if they lose count while enjoying the cookies during my swim...to 'round UP' to the next lap.

    Dan

  7. #7
    Very Active Member knelson's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2003
    Location
    Seattle, WA
    Posts
    8,064
    Blog Entries
    567

    Re: 1-hour Postal Swim advice

    Just about every year I've swum it I've paired up with someone else who wants to swim it. That way one of us swims while the other records splits and vice versa.

  8. #8
    Very Active Member Gary P's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2014
    Location
    Monticello, IL
    Posts
    309

    Re: 1-hour Postal Swim advice

    Quote Originally Posted by knelson View Post
    My advice is just get in and start swimming and don't overthink it. If you've been training for it you must have a good feel for the pace you can hold. Just start swimming and don't worry about the clock.

    +1. Don't make it too complicated. Swim at the perceived effort you've trained at and let the distance be what it is.

  9. #9
    Very Active Member Kurt Dickson's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    AZ
    Posts
    560

    Re: 1-hour Postal Swim advice

    Quote Originally Posted by ForceDJ View Post
    the school's swimmers are volunteering to do it for donations to their team (good idea).
    I agree. I did this as a 'fundraiser' for my kid's team one year I was feeling particularly generous. Anybody that beat me, I donated $100 dollars and any "notable" efforts received $25-50 dollars. Surprisingly, I only was out about $250, with only one beating me. I brought donuts and gatorade (great vomitus combo BTW). I thought I was being nice but the kiddie swimmers were definitely not too interested in swimming an hour straight and were certainly hating me. Good intentions I guess.

    Good luck with your swim.

  10. #10
    Very Active Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Location
    Cedar Park, TX
    Posts
    765

    Re: 1-hour Postal Swim advice

    kurt i bet you are fast enough to do it in 59mins

  11. #11
    Very Active Member Kurt Dickson's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    AZ
    Posts
    560

    Re: 1-hour Postal Swim advice

    Quote Originally Posted by sunruh View Post
    kurt i bet you are fast enough to do it in 59mins
    Ha! Actually, usually I've had enough after about 16 minutes

  12. #12
    Very Active Member Sumorunner's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2016
    Location
    Latham, NY
    Posts
    303

    Re: 1-hour Postal Swim advice

    Argh! I planned to do mine today at the local YMCA, but schools are closed for winter break, so the place was teeming with kiddies. I was asked to change lanes twice during my swim, so I didn't get a continuous hour.

  13. #13
    Very Active Member Sumorunner's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2016
    Location
    Latham, NY
    Posts
    303

    Re: 1-hour Postal Swim advice

    Argh, Argh! Double freakin' argh! I couldn't complete an hour Tuesday because kids overran the pool at the YMCA, so today I decided to go to a different fitness center where there are two pools, a kids activity pool and a separate lap pool. As I'm closing in on 2000 yds there was an "incident" in the kiddie pool causing the staff to close it for cleaning, so again 40-50 kids decided to join us in the lap pool. I gave up. One more chance next Tuesday.

  14. #14
    Very Active Member ForceDJ's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    Portsmouth, RI
    Posts
    389

    Re: 1-hour Postal Swim advice

    Well, I completed my swim last week and essentially did exactly the same yardage as last year...well almost. Last year I did 4040 yards. I did not stop at all during last year's swim. But recently a co-worker who is a nutritionist, and also a swimmer, convinced me that I should be taking in fluids during my workouts. Before, generally I would do as much as a 4000m (sometimes more) workout without drinking. And of course I would frequently experience leg cramps late in the workout. I knew what the problem was, but was just too forgetful/dumb/stupid/lazy/bullheaded to have fluids there with me??? So a month or so ago, at the insistence of my nutritionist co-worker, I started bringing a bottle of electrolyte drink to have poolside, and would drink about every few hundred yards. It was working. So I figured that for the ePostal I'd have the bottle but only stop to drink IF I felt cramps coming on (which I know is usually too late). And so I did...and I stopped twice to drink...but I really think I didn't need to, and could have fought off the cramps. Literally I stopped for like 3 seconds each time. And did I make it to the 4040yds I swam last year? No. I missed it by 5 measly yards for a total this year of 4035yds. Damn that water bottle!

    Dan

  15. #15
    Very Active Member Kurt Dickson's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    AZ
    Posts
    560

    Re: 1-hour Postal Swim advice

    Preliminary results up. http://www.usms.org/longdist/ldnats1...tsw_prelim.pdf
    53 year old female goes 5465. Dang Gina!

  16. #16
    Very Active Member jim thornton's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2002
    Location
    A, A
    Posts
    2,152
    Blog Entries
    261

    Re: 1-hour Postal Swim advice

    The older you get, the harder it is to beat your age in 100 yard chunks. 54.65 x 100 is great for a 53 year old. Hell, it is great for anyone.

  17. #17
    Very Active Member knelson's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2003
    Location
    Seattle, WA
    Posts
    8,064
    Blog Entries
    567

    Re: 1-hour Postal Swim advice

    Quote Originally Posted by Kurt Dickson View Post
    Preliminary results up. http://www.usms.org/longdist/ldnats1...tsw_prelim.pdf
    53 year old female goes 5465. Dang Gina!
    Wow. As far as I can see that's 250 yards farther than the next woman of any age (39 year old Ashley Whitney at 5,215)! It annihilates the old women's 50-54 record in the event which was 5,185 yards by Ellen Reynolds.

  18. #18
    Very Active Member Gary P's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2014
    Location
    Monticello, IL
    Posts
    309

    Re: 1-hour Postal Swim advice

    I'm equally impressed by 70 year old Christy Hayes, who went 4145.

Similar Threads

  1. 2015 One Hour (e)Postal Swim
    By knelson in forum General Swimming-Related Discussions
    Replies: 46
    Last Post: January 30th, 2015, 12:28 PM
  2. How to keep cap on during long swim (mile/one hour postal)?
    By LinZ in forum General Swimming-Related Discussions
    Replies: 15
    Last Post: January 20th, 2015, 11:07 PM
  3. One hour postal swim
    By philoswimmer in forum General Swimming-Related Discussions
    Replies: 52
    Last Post: January 27th, 2014, 09:27 AM
  4. 1 hour postal swim
    By jim thornton in forum General Swimming-Related Discussions
    Replies: 24
    Last Post: November 20th, 2005, 09:54 AM
  5. 1/2 Hour Postal Swim
    By londoner62 in forum General Swimming-Related Discussions
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: January 26th, 2004, 02:03 PM

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •