Think Thin Thursday ~ Upping Your Swimming Workouts This Summer

Reblogger Barbara Todaro
Services for Real Estate Pros with RE/MAX Executive Realty 104763

Summer is coming.....if you enjoy swimming, you'll appreciate the tips provided here by Kevin.... I'll be laying on the beach!!! 

Original content by Kevin J. May SL514814

Understanding the Pace Clock in Swimming

You’ve probably heard conversations about pace clocks and intervals around the swimming pool. You might have even felt a little dumbfounded when swimmers have talked about them. You should learn to read a pace clock if you’re getting more serious about lap swimming, thinking about joining a team, or already on a team. Although figuring out the pace clock may seem tricky at first, it will be as easy as reading a regular clock once you get the hang of it.

Why Use a Pace Clock when You’re Swimming Sets

One easy way to keep track of your progress is to pay attention to the pace clock. Watch the clock when you leave the wall, then glance back up at the clock when you come back to the wall. This allows you to figure out what your time was by doing some simple subtraction. If you do that for every repeat, you can see if you’re speeding up or slowing down. A pace clock is not only good for monitoring your swimming progress. It also helps keep your mind fresh and alert. Understanding a pace clock is beneficial for you in so many ways! If you’re on a swim team, either your coach or your lane-mates will decide on an interval that’ll be used for a set. After the interval is decided, you’ll need to pay attention to the pace clock to stay on the interval, not confuse your lane-mates, and not interfere with others’ workouts.

How to Read a Pace Clock

Traditional Clocks

A traditional pace clock looks like a large analog clock with a few small tweaks: There’s no hour hand, and the clock has seconds written on it instead of hours. This means that there’s a “60” written at the top of the clock instead of a “12.” This is why swimmers often refer to the “60” as “the top.” Similarly, the 30, called “the bottom,” is on the bottom of the clock. When doing a set, you might hear a coach or fellow swimmer say, “Let’s leave on ‘the bottom.’” This means leave the wall when the second hand gets to the 30. When reading the clock, the main hand that you need to pay attention to is the second hand.

Digital Clocks

Although most pools still use traditional pace clocks, some universities and well funded pools now have digital clocks. These clocks work similarly to the traditional clock: The minutes and seconds are displayed, but in a digital format. Once again, you mainly need to pay attention to the seconds. Although not as intuitive, the lingo used with digital clocks hold the same meaning : The 60 is still called “the top” and the 30 is still called “the bottom.”

How to Use a Pace Clock

You can use a pace clock for a few functions. Monitoring your speed and managing intervals are two key uses. Timing Yourself If you’re wondering how fast you’re swimming, you can utilize the pace clock to find out your speed. Knowing your speed is a good indicator of how well you’re swimming. If you’re faster today than you were yesterday, you should work on your stroke or practice habits. If your times are improving, you know that you’re on the right track. The best way to get your time is to leave on “the top”. Leave the wall when the second hand gets to the 60. After you’ve swum the distance that you want to time, glance back up at the clock. This will help you determine what your time is. For example: Say you’ve sprinted a lap of freestyle. When you touched the wall, the second hand was at the 23. That means you swam the lap in 23 seconds. It gets more complicated if you leave the wall at a different time. If you left the wall on the :10 and touched the wall on the :37, then you’ll have to do some math to figure out your time. Take the first number and subtract it from the second to get 27. This means you swam the lap in 27 seconds.

Swimming Sets

Another instance where you’d use a pace clock is if you’re using intervals in practice. When keeping track of intervals, you’ll have to do some math. For example: If the interval is the 45, then that means you’ll leave 45 seconds apart for each repeat. Say you leave on the :15 for the first repeat. You’ll add 45 seconds to that to figure out when you’ll leave for the second repeat. That means for the second repeat you’ll leave on “the top.” For the third repeat, add another 45 seconds to leave on the :45 and so on.

Hot Tip: Follow the Leader

If you’re not comfortable reading the clock yet, have someone else go first in the lane. That way, all you have to do is follow their lead. Make sure that you leave 5 or 10 seconds after the person in front of you. If you’re still confused, think about it like this: If you left your house at 7:00 and you need to be somewhere in 45 minutes, you’d have to be there by 7:45. Use this same math when you’re reading the pace clock.

The Benefits

Learning to read a pace clock can be a little tricky at first. But if you relate it to understanding a regular clock, it can make more sense. The more you practice reading a pace clock, the easier it will get. Keep in mind that utilizing the pace clock will help both your mind and body. You’re certainly on the right track to a fit and healthy lifestyle!



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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, Barbara, for sharing this excellent reblog selection.

May 09, 2019 07:52 AM #1
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
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Hi Barbara.... oh no, no, no, no.... nothing I would ever do. First of all, I'm like a cat... and I don't like getting wet. Swimming has never quite been my metier despite the fact that I am a good swimmer. And then there's also the fact that I don't believe women should be seen in public in bathing suits after the age of 50! I might own one, but not having donned a swimsuit in decades, I don't quite know where it is. 

May 09, 2019 07:52 AM #2
Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

At least do a little body boarding while you're there Barbara?

May 09, 2019 08:22 AM #3
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Barbara - thanks for the re blog.  I enjoy swimming and I can be competitive even now.

May 09, 2019 08:38 AM #4
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

thanks for sharing Kevin J. May’s blog post with us Barbara Todaro 

May 09, 2019 12:25 PM #5
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Work out? Go swimming? these sound like way too healthy things to do:)) Great reblog, I am happy just to walk my dog that is enough of a work out  for me:))Endre

May 09, 2019 11:45 PM #6
James Dray
Fathom Realty AR LLC - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Barbara.

I haven't been swimming in such a long time.  Now, about pacing oneself, while I try, sometimes the pace is fast other times, it's slower than a snails pace.

May 10, 2019 02:47 AM #7
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

Wellll...helpful for people who swim...and that would not be me...water as in with houses much past ankle height..yicks !

May 10, 2019 03:33 AM #8
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

You know, my father-in-law was super healthy and I swear it was because he swam every day of the year except Christmas - nothing kept him from his daily swim!

While I do enjoy water aerobics & water skiing, lap swimming is just too boring for me!

May 11, 2019 06:31 AM #9
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

Barbara, this reblog was new stuff to me and I found it interesting.  I know I will have to reread it before I can make it my own - at least to the point of understanding and how to use.  

May 11, 2019 09:18 PM #10
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