> > It all depends on how well you flip turn in the pool. If your flip turn is
> > the mark you "should" have a similar time in the pool than as in the open
> > water.
> No, pool swimming is almost always faster. Every time you push off the
> wall, you travel faster than swimming. How much so, depends on how good
> your turns are. I would guestimate that pool swimming is at least 5% faster
> than an open water swim in similar conditions.
Closer to 10 percent for me, and I don't flip turn. What's more, I'm the
sort of swimmer (slow) a wetuit should really help. Data: Best 750m in the
pool sans neoprene = 11:45; best 750m open-water race w/suit = 13:00. Best
1,500m no flotation in the pool = 25:30; best 1,500m race w/QR = 28:00.
This used to trouble me, until I stopped to figure how much those turns,
open though they may be, help. It's not only an opportunity to exceed hull
speed, but it uses the legs while the arms get a rest.
Now if only there were more people to push off of during the swim. :)