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    Blair V

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    50m vs 25m pool

    Post by Blair V on Fri Jan 08, 2010 2:36 am

    Should I be quicker swimming in a 50m pool or a 25m pool? A year ago before I started swimming regularly I did a 50m TT in a 25m pool in a time of 43sec. Last Tuesday, after more than 6 months of regular swimming, I did a 50m TT in a 50m pool in a time of 42sec. I would have expected a much bigger improvement especially as I know I have become a much faster swimmer than I was a year ago.

    Todd C

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    Re: 50m vs 25m pool

    Post by Todd C on Fri Jan 08, 2010 2:38 am

    For me a 25m pool is about 1min quicker for a 1500m TT (an unfit 28mins or so). So that is 4 secs per 100m, or 2 secs per 50m.
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    JohnO

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    Re: 50m vs 25m pool

    Post by JohnO on Fri Jan 08, 2010 2:57 am

    Same swim, within a couple of months, 25m vs 50m. 25m pool is quicker.

    Long course 50m1500m Freestyle world record
    14:34.56 Hackett, Grant, Australia 02001-07-29 July 29, 2001 World Championships Japan, Fukuoka

    Short course 25m1500m Freestyle world record
    14:10.10 Hackett, Grant, Australia 02001-08-07 August 7, 2001 Australian Championships Australia, Perth

    edited as I just realised that the two times are about 8 days apart!


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    Alex R
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    Re: 50m vs 25m pool

    Post by Alex R on Fri Jan 08, 2010 2:59 am

    Yeah, same. I find a 25m is at least 1 min quicker over the same distance. If I swim a time per distance in a 25m pool, I find it is nearly exactly the same as a wetsuit open water swim. This is why you see these crazy fast swim times on slow twitch. Firstly they are usually talking yards and do them in 25 yard (22.7 i think) pools. We did a couple of winters in the 25 yard pool and I was friggn Ian Thorpe (but straight). When we got back to the 50, I felt like I was going to drown. The extra depth in big pools I find is a little more mentally draining as the bottom does not apppear to slide by as fast.
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    Helen R
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    Re: 50m vs 25m pool

    Post by Helen R on Fri Jan 08, 2010 3:07 am

    25m is always faster because you get to push off the wall twice as often. Simple as that.
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    Shane M

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    Re: 50m vs 25m pool

    Post by Shane M on Fri Jan 08, 2010 3:31 am

    You all have to get the best of both worlds....33m pool for me Laughing
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    Blair V

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    Re: 50m vs 25m pool

    Post by Blair V on Fri Jan 08, 2010 3:34 am

    And for those who find the 25m pool faster do you tumble turn? I don't so not sure if it would make as much difference
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    Dave Tyno

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    Re: 50m vs 25m pool

    Post by Dave Tyno on Fri Jan 08, 2010 3:45 am

    Probably not as much benefit when you do an open turn Vs tumble turn, but you still get the speed & momentum boost from pushing off the wall.

    Joe S

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    Re: 50m vs 25m pool

    Post by Joe S on Fri Jan 08, 2010 3:55 am

    Shane M wrote:You all have to get the best of both worlds....33m pool for me Laughing

    Swam in one of those on the holidays thinking it was a 25, the 100m repeats at effort 7 just about killed me.

    Have found out since if the pool is a 'memorial' pool it is likely 33 metres.

    Todd C

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    Re: 50m vs 25m pool

    Post by Todd C on Fri Jan 08, 2010 5:04 am

    Blair V wrote:And for those who find the 25m pool faster do you tumble turn? I don't so not sure if it would make as much difference

    I don't (can't) do tumble turns. Still a 1min quicker in the 25m pool over 1500m.
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    Matt C

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    Re: 50m vs 25m pool

    Post by Matt C on Mon Jan 11, 2010 1:21 am

    im much quicker in a 25 tumble turning

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