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50 meter vs. 25 yard or 25 meter pools

When training for a triathlon, is it okay to train in a 25 yard or meter pool, or should you try to swim in a 50 meter pool as much as possible?

Most pools in the U.S. are unfortunately 25 yards in length. Some are 50 meters (which is the real Olympic-size), but even most of those are set up with lanes across the width of the pool (which in most cases is 25 yards).

If you have access to a 50 meter pool, this will be your best bet for swim training. It does take some getting used to but it is worth the extra effort. The reasons why a 50 meter pool is better than a 25 yard or meter pool for swim training are:

1. Much more continuous swimming. Half as many walls to turn at, simulating open water swimming better than a shorter pool.
2. More time to focus on your technique while you swim without interruptions.
3. Training is slightly more challenging, resulting in better preparation for an open water race (or any swim race).

I used to hate long course (50m) training. But, over the years I’ve found that it just takes a few days to get used to, and once I’m used to it, I don’t want to go back to short pools!


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One Response to “50 meter vs. 25 yard or 25 meter pools”
  1. Paul Reeder says:

    No doubt 50m long course is better and outdoors 50m is even better yet. I always swim a portion of my outdoor long course with a chair at the opposite ends with a bright towel hanging over it to practice sighting and swimming while lifting my head. The closer to the first races of the season I have to do this more because after getting used to swimming all winter in a short pool with my head down, my neck kills me if I go right to an open water race without my neck getting used to lift my big fat head for a whole race.

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