I have kind of an OCD method of counting my laps. :) I actually count my strokes. I usually breathe 4-2-2-4-2-2 for the length of the pool and I've come up with number sequences to keep track. I do one sequence per 100 (4 laps) and that helps me keep track of where I am - especially when I'm swimming long distances. Counting helps me to zone out while I swim.
For instance I'll do a 100 where I count
And a 100 where I count
Then another 100 where I count all the strokes in one length of the pool (usually around 21)
Then another 100 where I count all the strokes for the whole 100 (about 84 strokes for the 100)
I just create a sequence and know I'm going to be cycling through all of those patterns and after I do, I've completed 4 100's. If I'm swimming long distance, I'll then start over and I only have to keep track of how many times I've done the sequence.
I know, it probably sounds odd, and hopefully it made sense to you, but it helps me keep track, and also gives me something to focus on when I am swimming for awhile and my muscles get tired and don't want to do any more.
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