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    Do you "hear" rhythm in your mind when swimming?

    When you swim freestyle or backstroke, do you "play" an imaginary rhythmic sound in your mind to help with the strokes? If so what does it sound like?

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    Re: Do you "hear" rhythm in your mind when swimming?

    Mostly disco and Rolling Stones

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    Re: Do you "hear" rhythm in your mind when swimming?

    Once at Nationals in the 200 BR my mind started playing "The Lion Sleeps Tonight." Why??? I don't have any idea,but the rhythm fit my pace.
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    Re: Do you "hear" rhythm in your mind when swimming?

    Quote Originally Posted by Allen Stark View Post
    Once at Nationals in the 200 BR my mind started playing "The Lion Sleeps Tonight." Why??? I don't have any idea,but the rhythm fit my pace.
    I'll never forget my 200 BR at Auburn Nationals in 2011. It was one of the first times I had ever swum in a long course pool, and I kept hearing Bart Simpson's voice asking, "Are we there yet? Are we there yet??" It played over and over in my mind during the entire last 50 meters! (Bruce had been given a Bart Simpson beer bottle opener as a gag gift, and every time you open a bottle, it plays that clip.)

    For some reason, I don't think of it when I swim 200 fly in a long course pool, but I always do on breaststroke pull when I race that last 50!
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    Re: Do you "hear" rhythm in your mind when swimming?

    Not a sound, per se, but the first couple 25s of free in a workout have a sublime rhythm. I feel like I could swim forever. Then it disappears, and I spend the rest of the workout searching for it.
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    Re: Do you "hear" rhythm in your mind when swimming?

    Sort of. I habitually stroke count on breast stroke, so I guess the sound (in my head) of counting provides a rhythm

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    Re: Do you "hear" rhythm in your mind when swimming?

    I also count strokes... But I'm more interested in whether/how others might imagine a rhythm that accentuates at some point of the stroke cycle. For a long time I somehow used the water sound at hand entry (mainly backstroke) to help with stroke rhythm, but that made me slap the water and my strokes were not smooth.

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    I hear rhythm

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    Re: Do you "hear" rhythm in your mind when swimming?

    Quote Originally Posted by robertsrobson View Post
    Sort of. I habitually stroke count on breast stroke, so I guess the sound (in my head) of counting provides a rhythm

    I do, too, on short course, but on long course, the count inevitably gets replaced by, "Are we there yet? ARE WE THERE YET?!!!"
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    Re: Do you "hear" rhythm in your mind when swimming?

    I do also use verbal cues in a rhythmic way - for example when I'm getting tired on breast I think "long" on each stroke.

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    Re: Do you "hear" rhythm in your mind when swimming?

    Before a distance swim or open water event, I'll typically do a good set of repeat 100s. I stroke count and develop my cadence and then try to replicate it during the distance/open water event. Shhh, it's a secret.

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    Re: Do you "hear" rhythm in your mind when swimming?

    The only song any American distance swimmer of a certain age should synch to is, of course, "Radar Love."

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    Re: Do you "hear" rhythm in your mind when swimming?

    Quote Originally Posted by pwb View Post
    The only song any American distance swimmer of a certain age should synch to is, of course, "Radar Love."
    I love that!

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    Re: Do you "hear" rhythm in your mind when swimming?

    Quote Originally Posted by pwb View Post
    The only song any American distance swimmer of a certain age should synch to is, of course, "Radar Love."
    I love that!

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    Re: Do you "hear" rhythm in your mind when swimming?

    "We Will Rock You" by Queen is my 100 Breast pacer.

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    Re: Do you "hear" rhythm in your mind when swimming?

    Quote Originally Posted by swoomer View Post
    "We Will Rock You" by Queen is my 100 Breast pacer.

    That's great! I think I'll try that tomorrow morning.
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    Re: Do you "hear" rhythm in your mind when swimming?

    Quote Originally Posted by pwb View Post
    The only song any American distance swimmer of a certain age should synch to is, of course, "Radar Love."
    It may now be impossible for me NOT to hear this song during my next distance swim!!

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