stroke count and pool "current"

stroke count and pool "current"

Post by Laura Housto » Thu, 06 May 1999 04:00:00

I've been trying to improve my swimming technique in hopes that I will
actually pick up some speed. I went to a swim clinic and the guy was
teaching the same stuff as Total Immersion (to my delight) so I was able
to have him watch me and advise me on what I needed to change/work on.
So my stroke count (25 yds) has dropped from 39-41 to 30-33! Yay! I know
I have a ways to go, but it's nice to see something finally work. But I
have noticed at one pool where I swim (at UW) there is a strong current
generated by water shooting out the spout (?) in the shallow end. When I
swim "with the current" my stroke count is 29 - 31, but coming back
(even after a rest) it's more like 36-40!  Has anyone else experienced
this or might I have some sort of "psychological thing" going on in this
pool? It doesn't happen at the other pool I swim at (at UW)....Thanks!



stroke count and pool "current"

Post by Chitrig » Thu, 20 May 1999 04:00:00


I just started swimming about 4 yrs. ago (when I was 30 I did my first
triathlon). The odd thing bad a swimmer as I am (although I've
purchased the Total Immersion stuff and someday will get to one of the clinics
when I don't have to travel for work or have something else going on that day
:), I've always "felt" some type of current in almost every pool I swam in. I
usually found it easier going in one direction than the other...and when I tell
this to real "swimmers" they tell me I'm nuts!

Additionally, it's not always on the return lap that I find it more difficult.
So, usually, I'll go with this "feel" and use the easier direction as the back
half of my 50's :)  (kinda like running or riding into the wind first)

I'm not sure if others "feel" this...but I'm with ya on this one...(so if we're
both least we have company LOL)

Take care,



stroke count and pool "current"

Post by Gleshna » Thu, 20 May 1999 04:00:00

>I've always "felt" some type of current in almost every pool I swam in.

I have felt water shooting in from the sides on many pools.  Also, I think that
swimming near the wall creates a kind of wave reflection.  So, yes, I have felt
a current or at least something other than still water.   This all has to do
with sculling and pushing water molecules and other such things that are beyond
my intelligence.