The Xsport fitness club off 395 and King Street has pretty cheap memberships (especially if you are a fed employee - I can also get the membership guy to give a discount based on referal) and their pool is open 5 a.m. to midnight (gym is 24 hours). it's a nice, five lane pool. anyone be interested in swimming there?
Also, I am very new to swimming so don't know what all the numbers mean, i.e. 50x4, 100x4, etc. is there a way to east into it without all the super swimmers zipping by and over me?
I can explain the notation. Others may think how I write things is strange, but it's how my coached did it growing up, so it is what I learned.
So, take the line "4 x 100 @ 1:30" What does that mean???
"4 x" - this means you are going to do what ever follows the "x" four times.
"100" - This is the number of yards you will swim. It is pretty safe to say your pool is 25 yards long. If you were at the Wilson pool it's 50 meters (for now). So, to swim "100" yards means you will have to swim 4 lengths of the pool. (100 divided by 25 = 4)
"@ 1:30" - Sometimes called a send off. This means every 1 minute, 30 seconds you will start a new 100. The faster you swim than 1:30, the more rest you get. The slower, less rest. If it takes more than 1:30, then that means you missed the interval and what you had planned may be a bit ambitious. Just try giving yourself a longer time.
How do you know how long it takes you to swim some distance? If you look at your pool, you'll probably see some big clocks on the wall with a second hand going around. They have no relevance to the actual time. They are for timing your workout. People will often start at a known point, say the top of the clock (aka "on the top", the 12 o'clock position). In order to make that "1:30" interval, as they are finishing they should see the second hand approaching the 30s mark of the clock (6 o'clock). They get to rest until the second hand hits that 30s mark.
Also, as far as triathletes go, 1:30 is a really good interval for 100 yards of freestyle. I'm just using it in the example because it is a round number. So, don't be discouraged if you are not anywhere close to that. For swimmers, 1:30 is sort of mediocre. But then, when they get out of the water, they're done. They don't have to bike or run.
If you are just starting out, I would not worry too much about send offs and intervals. Instead, just tell yourself I'm going to take 15 seconds (or any other number) rest after I finish before I go again.
Also, if you are just starting out, the workouts that I posted may be a bit much. If you want to use them as a guide, cut the distances in half (at least), don't pay attention to the interval, and give at least 15s rest on the wall between each part.
As for making sure those reliving their high school days with delusions of grandeur don't swim over you, generally lanes are marked slow, med, fast or something along those lines. Just get in the slow lane. Next, is the decision to circle swim or split the lane. Generally, if there are just two people sharing the lane, split it down the middle. Each one of you stays on your half. If there are three or more people, it's just like driving. Always stay to the right. If you start to catch up to someone, just tap their feet. At the next wall they should (should is the key word, they may not) stop and let you keep going. Likewise, if you feel someone repeatedly hitting your feet, stop at the wall and let them pass.
And ask all the questions you have. I'll guarantee you that others are looking at swimming as this daunting task and have the same questions.
Good luck, and have fun!
rdejonck--Thanks for all the great tips!
silvercannonca-I just moved to the area and joined this club. the gym you speak up is the one i plan to join...perhaps I will see you there!
super, welcome to the area. email me and I'll get you more of the club info: email@example.com
I'm an X Sport member and would love to join a swimming group there to keep me accountable. Since swimming is my strength, I can help decipher the workouts, or if you have a workout that is a bit beyond your reach, adjust it for you. I usually work from home and have a flexible schedule so let me know what time works for you and I'll be there. I want to go this evening and do the following light workout to gauge how much I have regressed from not swimming over several months.
200 warm up
10 x 50 drills
5 x 100 resting 30 seconds
5 x 100 IMs
cool down - stretch out stroke
I am an X-sport member and swim there occasionally in the mornings, usually starting around 5:30 am. Would you guys ever want to meet then? I might start going in the evenings, but am worried it will be too busy...how is it around 6 pm?
I'm an X-sport member too. New to Tri's so the swim was new to me this year as well and it was daunting going from a recreational swimmer to doing laps. I'm finally showing progress but not near 1:30 per 100 yards yet, more like 2:20. I can finally do about a mile of 100s now. I never really have a hard time getting a lane there. I've always gone in the evening around 5:30 or after. Monday's is aquaerobics at 5:30 that lasts an hour and takes up half the pool. People seem to cycle out of there pretty quickly. I'd be up for a group swim there whenever everyone goes. Sometimes there are less people there later in the evening.
firstname.lastname@example.org (hit me up if you ever want to swim there)
This is turning into a great chain! I am not fully moved into Fairlington yet and joining the gym as soon as that ordeal is through. In meantime I have been swimming at Washington Lee High School...very rusty, but come June I know the rust will be gone :)
So if you'd like I will start an email from all the emails listed in this chain so we can get a couple swim-days set up...
Hope to see you 12/19 for the meeting/iron man viewing!
I love to swim at Xsport & usually make it twice per week. I would enjoy getting in some workouts with others.
My e-mail is CarrieACampbell@gmail.com
See you all Saturday!
Hello everyone! I go to Xsport as well and usually swim in the evenings around 6pm. I sometimes go in the morning at 6:30am. Let´s get together and workout! My e-mail is email@example.com
I am interested in joining this group too....please add me to the list! firstname.lastname@example.org
I've a free pass for a month and would like to swim there M's, W's, and F's c. 5:30 am and maybe late Sat pm. savvyveteran at gmail dot com.