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  • #1192
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    joeyp
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    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

    #19940
    Avatar of wrobis1
    wrobis1
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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.

    Matt

    #19941
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    tri1on
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    1 mile = 1,609.344 meters and 1 length of pool is generally = 25 meters (YMCA)

    #19942
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    ibgenaro
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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)

    #19947
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    Thanks for the info..see ya

    #19948
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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!

    #30113
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    So – If I swim 33 laps (up and back) or 66 lengths, I swam one mile… right?

    #30118
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    xcdave
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    Yes… assuming you’re swimming in a yard pool :)

    #30211
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    crokoz
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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

    #30243
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    When in doubt swim a few more laps. Or if you lose count ( as I sometimes do)

    #30246
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    inlovewithcerve
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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

    #30276
    Avatar of beads1985
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    Metric calculator

    http://www.sciencemadesimple.com/conversions.html

    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

    #50088
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    beads1985 wrote:
    Metric calculator

    http://www.sciencemadesimple.com/conversions.html

    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

    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).

    #50089
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    driggins wrote:
    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).

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

    #50092
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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

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