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Subject: swimming half a length?
A number of times I have seen different people who have been merrily swimming along, just stand up half way through a length, turn around, and swim in the other direction. I think they usually just finish up their workout.

Much that goes on in pools is a mystery to me.

Is there a purpose to this?

Next time I see it I am asking.

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2013-12-18 4:29 PM
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Subject: RE: swimming half a length?
I have seen this with people circle swimming. If you are creeping up on the person in front of you it can create space if you simply turn around and swim the opposite direction.

Every once in awhile the kids will do this in swim practice if they too far BEHIND the person in front of them. This lets them get back in the draft of the people in front of them and finish the set near to the others.

I suspect that neither one of these situations applies to your question.
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2013-12-18 4:33 PM
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Subject: RE: swimming half a length?
Maybe they are practicing something besides getting from point A to point B? Many times I'll have my swimmers do some thing like this if we are working on a particularly subborn aspect of form:

4x pushoff & glide
4x pushoff & glide & 3 strokes
4 x pushoff & swim 1/2 length
2 x swim 25

But somehow I feel this probabaly doesn't apply to your swimmers either.
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2013-12-18 4:36 PM
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Subject: RE: swimming half a length?

Cutting the cooldown short? Maybe?

I do this when we're limited by pool time constraints at masters...

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2013-12-18 4:52 PM
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Subject: RE: swimming half a length?

Obviously they had to pee so they turned around and went straight to the bathroom! 

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2013-12-18 4:59 PM
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Subject: RE: swimming half a length?

It's a common practice in a circle swim where one of the circlers is way too slow compared to the other two and also won't yield at the wall. You either have to sprint past the slow one when the oncoming lane is clear (which can be tricky if there's more than 3 swimmers) or cut your lap short and turn around before they do so you end up in front of them. 

 

If they're doing that in a non-circle lane, I have no idea what the advantage would be. 



2013-12-18 5:18 PM
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Subject: RE: swimming half a length?
Didn't think they could make it there and back?

2013-12-18 5:54 PM
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Subject: RE: swimming half a length?

Originally posted by Goosedog Didn't think they could make it there and back?

I've actually seen that happen...

Mark

 

 

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2013-12-18 7:07 PM
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Subject: RE: swimming half a length?
Maybe they are afraid of the deep end........
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2013-12-19 7:09 AM
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Originally posted by thor67

Obviously they had to pee so they turned around and went straight to the bathroom! 




They're peeing in the pool and don't want to swim through it!!
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2013-12-19 7:27 AM
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Subject: RE: swimming half a length?

Sharks?

If they leave right after, I'll go with cutting the warm-down REALLY short, although I've never understood why folks even bother with a 25 cool down, but they do...  

If they keep swimming, then push-off drills.  Otherwise, I'm sticking with sharks.  

Matt

(and the "couldn't make it all the way" had me laughing - like the old English Channel swimmer joke)

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