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2008-07-16 9:44 AM

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This happens to me often and I wondered if anybody else gets this...

It seems to me that when swimming, I can get in a zone where I feel like I am slicing through the water, like I could do this all day long, then I get to the wall, turn around and I am in the total opposite state than I was. It is not as smooth, seems like I am taking in more water, etc... I wonder to myself what I was doing different from 20 seconds ago that could make such a difference in this lap vs. the last.

 



2008-07-16 9:49 AM
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I've had this feeling, too-- don't know why.

I'm also convinced I'm faster and smoother swimming in one particular direction of the pool than the other. I almost feel like there's a current! Weird.





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2008-07-16 10:14 AM
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Yep, I get the same feeling, although normally my actual lap times aren't all that different when I have the feeling.  I chalk it up to massive inexperience on my part.  I just keep swimming, and hope to get better....
2008-07-16 11:23 AM
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definatly, I've never understood it :P
2008-07-16 2:20 PM
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Subject: RE: lap by lap analysis...
Most definately; I am assuming one side is stronger than the other, so I concentrate harder on the one that feels harder.
2008-07-16 2:25 PM
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It has to do with gravitational pull and the earth's rotation, similar to the way water swirls in a different direction when you flush in North America vs Australia.


2008-07-16 2:45 PM
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Subject: RE: lap by lap analysis...
I notice the same thing, more so when I am swimming a longer continuous swim. So I started doing intervals and that helped out a lot.
2008-07-16 2:50 PM
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mrbbrad - 2008-07-16 3:25 PM It has to do with gravitational pull and the earth's rotation, similar to the way water swirls in a different direction when you flush in North America vs Australia.

Yeah I always run faster towards the east than I do towards the west.  Must be the same thing.

2008-07-16 4:06 PM
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Your pool may not be level. You probably are going faster on the downhill part.
2008-07-16 4:36 PM
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This happens to me also. Depending on which lane I get there could be a little bit of a current because there are three jets down each side of the pool, and they are angled a bit and are pretty strong. But I get the feeling no matter which lane I swim in.
2008-07-16 4:57 PM
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I have just started swimming again and it seems there is a wall I have to swim through each stroke.



2008-07-16 5:22 PM
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Are you swimming during high tide or low tide?
2008-07-17 7:51 AM
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