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ALWAYSWIMMING's Photo ALWAYSWIMMING Posts: 15
3/2/09 8:42 A

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If you vary the strokes, ie 4 l laps of breast, then follow with 4 lengths of free and so on, that will help you get organized in the count. If however you must swim say 1000yd free. you can break it down to times at the wall. Then do a count down. either start at 40...39...38... or break it into chunks.

Another one is if you stop within the 1000, you can use some material counter...ie beads on a string, they can be color coded, that is one we used for kids and special needs swimmers to get started. and after all don't we all have special needs?

There is also a battery operated gadget called a 'lap counter' that hangs from the wall, or sticks to it... hope these help.

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6/23/08 10:57 P

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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
1234
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And a 100 where I count
1234
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12

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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DESERTFLOWERG's Photo DESERTFLOWERG Posts: 1,437
5/27/08 1:46 P

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Thanks for replying. This lap counting has become very frustrating for me as I am trying to get an estimate for my 500 m swim time. Swimming is very meditative for me also; I always swim with a focus. However, when ever I try focusing on the number of laps, somewhere along the way, my concentration shifts back to feeling the water on my forearms or rotating the hips or correcting my balance or having my chin follow my shoulder . . . and then I come to the turn and realize I no longer know the lap count. I feel like I have water induced dementia. URRRGH


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5/27/08 12:17 P

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i wonder why nobody replies to this? either nobody has trouble with this or nobody has the perfect remedy?
i used to have a little trouble keeping track when i started swimming, but after a while i discovered swimming was becoming like a kind of meditation for me - i repeat the number of my current lap in my head over and over with each stoke, like a mantra. it helps me fade out the noise and crowd around me and the troubles and thoughts i bring from home and concentrate just on my swimming. however, if the pool is too crowded and i have to zigzag around others, apologize, or answer when someone tries to talk to me, i tend to miscount too.
i realise this is really a personal thing and surely not for everyone. but this is what works for me.

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DESERTFLOWERG's Photo DESERTFLOWERG Posts: 1,437
5/20/08 2:56 P

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Is there anyone else who has trouble with keeping track of laps? I simply can't do it and I'm not talking about 20, 30, 40 laps. I'm talking about losing track while I'm still in the single digits.
So, can any of you offer tips or suggestions?


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