OK. Take your mind out of the gutter. Yes, I know that you could assume that this post is going to be something other than triathlon related. But, this is a G-rated blog. 🙂
Now, instead of the gutter, put your mind in the pool. This post is about swimming.
For lots of families, summertime means swim team time. That’s certainly the case for the Tri Madness family. In fact, last weekend we attended two swim meets! My daughters swim in a rec league in our community; my son swims for a competitive team year-round. Everyone had a meet this weekend.
My son’s meet was a long course meet. For those of you who don’t know what a long course is, it’s a 50 meter pool. Basically, it’s what you see swimmers in the Olympics swimming in. It’s roughly two times longer than the 25 yard pool that most of us swim in.
I’ve never had the opportunity to swim in a 50 meter pool myself, but it seems like the transition from short course to long course would be difficult. We’re so used to taking 18-20 strokes and being able to push-off the wall. In comparison, I suspect long course feels more much more difficult as you can’t flip as often.
I’m frequently astounded at how good teenage swimmers can be. Most of them (ok almost all of them) are significantly faster swimmers than I am. I guess doing 4000 yard workouts 5x per week helps you get faster. One race that particularly impressed me was the 13-14 year old 1500 meters. This distance is one that you and I have probably swam in triathlon (as it’s the “normal” distance for Olympic races”). So…I could relate my times and performance to what these kids were swimming. There were two heats for the boys – the winners both went right at 17 minutes. Just for baselining – that’s an average of 1:02 per 100 yards. I normally swim about 2 minutes per 100 yards. Wow. I was certainly impressed.
I’d love to find an opportunity to swim long course. I think it would be a good experience and help my swim performance overall. What about you? Do you get to train in a long course pool?