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Old 11-06-2012
andyinnorway andyinnorway is offline
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Default Counting Repeats with the Pace Clock

You've set your TT, your counting your strokes, you've decided to do a physically challenging set and boom, you then have to try and remember if you are on repeat 5 or 6 of an 8x100.

Here's a little tip to help.

avoid whole or half minute repeat intervals so that your start time moves around the pace clock.

e.g. 12x100m off 2.05

You push off with the pace clock in the 12 position and swim 100m, then have your prescribed rest.

The next interval you push off with the clock at 1
then 2 etc etc all the way back to 12

this way you don't have to count the repeats, the clock does it for you.

You can also do this backwards by picking repeat intervals of 1.55 or 0.55 instead.

Finally, if you are new to repeat intervals and find you forget if you pushed off on 1 or 2 for the previous repeat, then start by doing some wider interval repeats e.g. on 10 or 15 second gaps (i.e. 4x100m off 1.45, 2.15 or 2.45 repeats, or 6x50m off 50s or 1.10)

I like doing it this way as it gives the set a sense of whole and I see the progress on the clock rather than just feeling it as a number of identical repeats? Not sure if that makes sense but it does to me.
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It does make sense indeed, it's an old trick. Worth noting that distance swimmers generally don't count lengths neither. Longer time trial distance to be prescribed, to the best of my knowledge, has to be the 25k in a pool. These guys can swim 25k without counting a single lengths, just by using the pace clock.
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Old 11-06-2012
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Cool, wasn't claiming it as my own discovery just realized there are things worth mentioning every 6-12 months as the cycle of new forum users cycles.
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Old 11-06-2012
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Indeed, this is a big tip, very important tip.

How many people swim without even being aware of their swim times. So you're killing 2 birds with one stone here. This helps counting reps, but it also helps becoming aware of your swim time.

It's logical, when you can make your send off intervals 1min or 2min or 2min15, etc... But swimming wise, it's not as practical as making them 1:55, 2:05, 1:35, etc...

Even 1:20 works well. You then go 20 for 1, 40 for 2, and 00 for 3, etc... It's not as efficient as the examples you provided but it works.
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Old 05-06-2013
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Cool, wasn't claiming it as my own discovery just realized there are things worth mentioning every 6-12 months as the cycle of new forum users cycles.
I just figured this out for myself about a week ago! Nothing like re-inventing the wheel...

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Old 05-06-2013
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it works for shorter repeats like you said, leaving off the 10, 15, 20 (or 55, 50, 40, etc) but it also works for longer swimss like charles said...for me 5:0x per 300 yds for a long TT. It makes 1000 or 1200 go by for me easier when I can zone out in the swim and check in with the pace clock. At 5:0x I've swum 300 yds. at 10:0x-10:1x I've done 600 yds, at 15:1x ive done 900...so if I'm swimming 1k, I just do another 100 after the 15:1x time on the clock.

As I get faster I'm looknig forward to seeing the seconds prior to the divisible-by-five minutes time on the clock (4:5x @ 300, 9:5x @ 600, 14:4x @ 900, etc)

Patterns in music, math & swimming...it's all good
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Old 05-07-2013
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it works for shorter repeats like you said, leaving off the 10, 15, 20 (or 55, 50, 40, etc) but it also works for longer swimss like charles said...for me 5:0x per 300 yds for a long TT. It makes 1000 or 1200 go by for me easier when I can zone out in the swim and check in with the pace clock. At 5:0x I've swum 300 yds. at 10:0x-10:1x I've done 600 yds, at 15:1x ive done 900...so if I'm swimming 1k, I just do another 100 after the 15:1x time on the clock.

As I get faster I'm looknig forward to seeing the seconds prior to the divisible-by-five minutes time on the clock (4:5x @ 300, 9:5x @ 600, 14:4x @ 900, etc)

Patterns in music, math & swimming...it's all good
That's how competent distance swimmers survive pool TTs (ie, 10k, 15k or 25k in a pool). This methods allow for freeing your mind to think about other stuff.
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