# counting swim lengths

i solved it at last!!

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28/03/2004 at 23:26
the age old miscounting problem solved: count the length BEFORE you swim it

so immediately after your first length, say (or think, if you don't want to swallow an old lady's wee) "this will be 2", etc

try it

it works

honest
29/03/2004 at 00:38
that is amazing

I usually go 1...2...3...4...5...etc respectively each length

your method sounds a lot simpler

;0)
cougie    pirate
29/03/2004 at 01:10
Noo - you've got it all wrong. Just get out of the pool at the end of the first length, and er, do something else. Works for me !
29/03/2004 at 08:20
Oh.

Don't you have staff, then?
29/03/2004 at 08:57
i always think '1st 9to go'.... '2nd 8to go'
which usually turns to a determined '3,7'..'4,6' etc on alternate strokes.

oh and i usually count in 50s to reduce the mental load :)

even then i have to resort to checking my watch occasionally and dividing by 2ish.
29/03/2004 at 09:01
see - there ARE benefits to only being able to swim one length.

Well.

Nearly.
29/03/2004 at 09:18
As I count the lengths I work out what fraction of my session I have done. If I'm really bored I'll work it out as a decimal too.
29/03/2004 at 09:27
matt if you have that much oxygen to spare, you're definitely swimming too slowly :D

mind you when i'm running i work out average pace in my head to keep myself occupied.
29/03/2004 at 09:38
lol my point was, it does seem to get over the

10. was that 15 or 16 lengths?
20. call it 15
30. swim another length
40. goto 10

loop
29/03/2004 at 09:39
Dr. Nic has passed on a good lap counting method to me...

She counts in 100's and then reels off the laps to get to that 100, like in a 25m pool its:-

0:1, 0:2, 0:3 0:4, 1:1, 1:2...etc...

Not tried it yet, but it seems to make sense to me...!!
29/03/2004 at 09:49
the pool in my gym is 18 metres

i'd start crying if i tried to apply that approach
29/03/2004 at 09:51
hum,
yes... but thats still only 6's per 100!

but I know what you mean... (I have a similar problem in my 'main' lanes training pool!!)
29/03/2004 at 09:52
maybe that's why your goggles always fill up with water candy.
29/03/2004 at 10:03
Candy,
does this mean you have fallen out of love with your new length counting gadget? I seem to recollect you saying you were having problems with the buttons?
29/03/2004 at 10:19
candy - surely all that happens now is ...

10. will this be 15 or 16 lengths?
20. call it 15
30. swim another length
40. goto 10

you were trying to explain your new approach on friday night but the swaying stripes were making me seasick ;-)
29/03/2004 at 11:21
Yes but MM, I do it like that but also combining Candy's approach, ie your first 100 wouldn't be

0:1, 0:2

but 1:1, 1:2..

for some reason it does work better when you have the number of the length you are doing in your head from the beginning of it..?!
29/03/2004 at 11:23
i got my brain in a terrible muddle at one of the milton keynes duathlons, 12 laps on the bike! so do i come in when i've counted to 12.. or at the end of the lap where i counted 11 or .. or...

and trying to resolve this whilst going as quick as possible and not losing count was a real 'mare!
29/03/2004 at 11:30
ah...
ok..... Well, I'll try it tonite... (in the 17m pool!!!!)
29/03/2004 at 11:54
29/03/2004 at 11:54
ah ha my approach deffo works then, just Nic stole it, in advance, and also stole the improved version that i haven't invented yet
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