I'm thinking of entering a local biathlon. The race info says the swim section is 200m, but the pool it's at is only 23m long (I think it's actually 75 feet = 22.86m). This may be a silly question, but where in the pool will the start and finish be? To swim exactly 200m is 8.75 lengths, so will the organisers move the start or finish away from the wall, or will we just swim 9 (or 8?) lengths and ignore the discrepancy? I've tried to find an answer online but haven't had any luck.
I did a 5km last year in a 50 yard pool (=45.72m). We swam 109 lengths*, which is actually about 17m short, but 110 lengths would've been 29m over.
*Well, we should've done, but I miscounted and did 111.
How do you keep count over such a lot of lengths anyway? I've never raced before so it's never really mattered for me, but I find it really hard to keep track when I'm swimming.
How do you keep count over such a lot of lengths anyway
Well I have a swimwatch that counts laps - the problem is, in this kind of event, you inevitably end up with a mid-lap stop/start every now and then (either crashing into another swimmer's feet or else crashing into a lane rope), and the watch sometimes interprets that as a lap-turn. I actually overestimated how many false turns the watch had added (obviously preferring to err on the side of caution). Once you get home and download the data from the watch, it's easy to see where the false turns are because the lap times are way out - the software lets you merge them back together.
Fortunately this was a charity fund-raiser rather than a race per se, so I wasn't overly concerned about the recorded time (more about whether I could actually go the distance!).
I've got a watch (TomTom multisport) that is supposed to count lengths but I always find it adds quite a lot of extra ones on. Maybe my open turns aren't smooth enough and it thinks my arm flailing around is me doing some really short lengths The distance swum always seems to be an underestimate as well, but I guess if I don't touch the wall with my watch hand it is going to be.
When i still used open turns, there was some difficulty with the timing of the turn.
e.g. 2 lanes 50sec total, 25sec per lane would be shown as 23sec+27sec.
Now using only tumble turns, everything is fine.
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