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Swimming: Laps vs Miles

I am new to the whole training for Tri thing and I was wondering how to calculate the difference between laps and miles. I would like to stick to mostly pool swimming till my race gets closer, but I don't know anything about lap swimming or distance.

Can anyone help me...Thanks
-joeyp

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Most pools are going to be around 50-100 meters, so just go online and find yourself a metric conversion calculator and plug in what distance you want. There are free ones all over the place.

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1 mile = 1,609.344 meters and 1 length of pool is generally = 25 meters (YMCA)

ibgenaro's picture
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An actually mile in yards is 1,720, however in swimmer a mile is 1650 yds (used in competitions)... in a 25 yd pool, 1 mile is 66 lengths (25 yards per length)

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Thanks for the info..see ya

birdman's picture
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Actually a mile is 5,280 feet or 1760 yards. Be careful many older pools ar 25 yards (my Y is). A quarter mile is 440 yards. I swim by total time after I have figured out my lap time. It is too mind numbing to keep count. Alternatively you can mix in a lap of an alternative like breast stroke every 10th and only have to count that high. Good Luck!

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pool distances

So - If I swim 33 laps (up and back) or 66 lengths, I swam one mile... right?

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Yes... assuming you're swimming in a yard pool :)

crokoz's picture
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25 yrd pool = 33 to 35 laps for 1 mile

50yrds * 3ft = 150ft/lap * 33 = 4950ft so.. add on another 330 ft .... it's not an exact science
(we ran the 1600 meter in track and I know thats not exactly a mile but it's close

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When in doubt swim a few more laps. Or if you lose count ( as I sometimes do)

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Don't you want to adapt the metric system?? It might ease things up a little bit.
Anyway, I think most plans do not work with laps.

Oh, before I forget this: Take a plastic bag with you to the pool to prevent your calculator from getting wet :D

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Metric calculator

[url]http://www.sciencemadesimple.com/conversions.html[/url]

1 mile= 1609.34 meters
1length of pool=25 meters

So 65 laps is 1625 meters.
I do 66 laps on my lunch break M-F so I have the math down.
I do the last lap because it takes me back to the end of the pool i started at.
Which happens to be where my towel is at too. :D

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[QUOTE=beads1985]Metric calculator

[url]http://www.sciencemadesimple.com/conversions.html[/url]

1 mile= 1609.34 meters
1length of pool=25 meters

So 65 laps is 1625 meters.
I do 66 laps on my lunch break M-F so I have the math down.
I do the last lap because it takes me back to the end of the pool i started at.
Which happens to be where my towel is at too. :D[/QUOTE]

you mean 65 lengths, not 65 laps is 1625 in a 25 meter pool. 65 laps would be 2 miles or 3250 meters (65 x 50 = 3250).

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[QUOTE=driggins]you mean 65 lengths, not 65 laps is 1625 in a 25 meter pool. 65 laps would be 2 miles or 3250 meters (65 x 50 = 3250).[/QUOTE]

I just know I swam 65 X 25 meters.
If 25 meters is a length or a lap, I am not sure.

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Oh here we go again with the metric/imperial thing. Just be like the rest of the world and GO METRIC people :D

RV
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[QUOTE=bluebirdbiker]Oh here we go again with the metric/imperial thing. Just be like the rest of the world and GO METRIC people [/QUOTE]
:p No you and the rest of the world are just being difficult. Our way is the Right way, cuz we say it is! :D

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FYI, the winning time this year for the NCAA Div-1 Swimming Championships for the 1650 YD Freestyle was 14:29.43.
- T

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[QUOTE=beads1985]I just know I swam 65 X 25 meters.
If 25 meters is a length or a lap, I am not sure.[/QUOTE]
How many rods to the hogshead is that?
- T

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[QUOTE=RV]No you and the rest of the world are just being difficult. Our way is the Right way, cuz we say it is! :D[/QUOTE]

Aaaaa, fascist IMPERIALISTS. HA! :D

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[QUOTE=TBRAVO]How many rods to the hogshead is that?
- T[/QUOTE]

Is that Facist Imperial rods and hogshead?? :D

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In the whole scheme of things its like 6 feet different on a 50 (yards vs meters or like 2 seconds in a race. Just train as you normally do in a race its not going to make a difference. You should be more concerned with the OW vs pool swimming difference.

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I love OW. No turning, just go. It is much more fun for me and I do go faster.

RV
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[QUOTE=bluebirdbiker]Aaaaa, fascist IMPERIALISTS. HA! :D[/QUOTE]
Hey, Thanks! :D You can just call me an American!

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[QUOTE=beads1985]I love OW. No turning, just go. It is much more fun for me and I do go faster.[/QUOTE]

yes but but the lack of wall to push off of makes it far more difficult than swimmig a few extra feet :D

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[QUOTE=brittda]yes but but the lack of wall to push off of makes it far more difficult than swimmig a few extra feet :D[/QUOTE]
I suck doing a flip turn, so I do an open turn which breaks up my
rthymn.

RV
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Ya, I can't do a flip turn to save my life. OW swims are great - really get a good rhythm going. Then again I get to see how much I pull to one side. Oh Well gotta practice sighting too.

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The pool where I normally swim moves the bulk head on Friday afternoon's so that you can swim 50 yards per length instead of 25. Makes a big difference, usually I can get into a better rhythm some times it's like OK where's the wall...I need that extra push-off.
- T

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[QUOTE=beads1985]I suck doing a flip turn, so I do an open turn which breaks up my
rthymn.[/QUOTE]

ahhhhh That makes sense....not for me. I have to practice in OW once in a while cause it is so different

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Open water is totally different for me - pool swimming is like "road cycling" and open water swimming is like "mountain biking". Now if they could put in a wave machine and open up three firefighting hoses down my lane, and fill up one of my goggle lenses full of water, then I could get a feel for what open water swimming feels like.

It's hard to get a breathing rhythm going after that short sprint run from shore into the ocean, then the rush through, under, or over the waves. You're feeling anaerobic, then the chop is throwing your popeye breathing off so you end up rolling over more to get air, then some people bump into you. The calm, orderly and serene waters of a pool fails to prepare you for some of the chaos of open water racing.

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I think the pool is a good place to concentrate on what I am doing so it becomes second nature. In open water practice you work on other skills like sighting in.
When you are swimming in an event you have all the other people bumping into you and causing other distractions. The practice helps you get into your groove despite that :D

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Um but what if you are in a 25 yrd pool vs a 25 meter pool? I thought my pool is a 25 yrd pool, but then again it would make a significant difference in times over a mile. For me it would make about a 5 min difference and ummmmm well I'm pretty slow so I could use the help. What is more common in the U.S. yard's or meters??????

Rob

I'm been going off of yards which I round up to 72 laps per 2 miles / 36 laps per mile. I think the math actually worked out to 35.4 laps or something similiar.

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