Swimming Challenge

(or league)

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WildWill    pirate
02/08/2012 at 07:46

Was just thinking about a swim league / challenge thread … if there is any interest?


The form I was thinking of taking was based on 400m TT’s.


1) Your seed time is your average for 400m in your last IM or half

2) You do a 400m TT one per week (max – less frequent if you wish)

3) Then you calculate your difference from your base 400m time

4) For each second faster tan your base time you get a point

5) if you do another IM or half during  the league period, you rest your base time


So at Outlaw it took me 1:18 do my base time would be 8:08…


Any Takers?? 

WildWill    pirate
02/08/2012 at 07:54

OR alternitivly ... you base time could be reset each month to be your best time from the previous Month???

02/08/2012 at 08:47

I'd be interested.... my swimming is currently at carp levels so I might end up getting negative points...but count me in.

02/08/2012 at 09:20
Me too :0)

My last Ironman swim was a shameful 1:55.15 at IMR. So that equates to a base time of a bloody awful 16.45?
02/08/2012 at 09:21
Will, what's your fastest 400m?
WildWill    pirate
02/08/2012 at 09:29

I havent done much swimming for the pat 14months ... but I TT this am and did 7:11

02/08/2012 at 09:44

I dunno, a conversation or two with an Olympic swimmer's coach, getting gloriously slaughtered on Twitter about it last night, and you pop up here as the speed-swim guru!

Would be up for this next year, nothing really doing this year I fear!

02/08/2012 at 10:13

I'll happily join in. Word of caution though.... Meldy set one of these up in the spring at the end of WinterSwim. About 25 people said "sign me up" and about 5 actually took part. Hopefully people will actually do a bit this time.

02/08/2012 at 11:25

I'd like to take part, but I haven't done an IM. I could work it out off some longer, slower swims which would give me a nice advantage

Edited: 02/08/2012 at 11:25
Rafiki    pirate
02/08/2012 at 11:40

STIL - that's only because Meldy did nasty things to the 20 people who were quicker than her so they had to drop out

TheEngineer    pirate
02/08/2012 at 11:43

Oh I like this!


Can I include my T1 time?! 

Edited: 02/08/2012 at 11:45
M...eldy    pirate
02/08/2012 at 11:53
Having done a recent 400m time I am looking to improve and frighten a few Olympians
Sign me up!
WildWill    pirate
02/08/2012 at 12:24

 i thought witches sank?  

02/08/2012 at 12:57

I'd like to have a go too, but also have never done an IM or half...

02/08/2012 at 13:14

Maybe rather than IM swims which are very dependant on weather conditions etc, as well as ruling out myself and sarah, base it off any swim of your choosing over 1km? I'm not sure it would work well to reset it every month to your best 400m TT as I expect most people would score very close to zero.

02/08/2012 at 13:18

Does the base time have to be from a long swim? Why not just use your next 400m TT as your base? Or have that as an alternative option?

02/08/2012 at 13:23

Well the problem i see with using your 400m TT as a base is that after you do a few TTs it gets very difficult to beat. I know I'd struggle to pick up any points at all. At least if you're aiming to beat a slightly slower pace, you're likely to pick up say 20 points and get a bit of motivation out of it.

02/08/2012 at 13:49

Good point! 

The Silent Assassin    pirate
02/08/2012 at 14:14

I'm up for this, but as my swimming is so bad can I be measured in days not hours.


02/08/2012 at 14:20

How about starting with a  base 400m TT at a given HR, say 120bpm (or some % of max hr). See how people progress against that for a month so awarding pts for improvement. then have a next round at 130bpm (or first rnd %HR + 5%) and so on.

This could culminate in a final round with no limits so would be a straightforward 400TT fast as poss. Coud even compare straight 400TT at start vs at end and (hopefully) see massive improvement.

For simplicity I would suggest basing HR on pulse for 15secs at end of the 400m.

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