For the past 12 weeks I was just moseying along, minding my own swimming business and stalking swimming articles like anyone who naively signed up for an Ironman should be. But when I stumbled upon an article talking about meters versus yards it stopped me in my tracks, “Oh crap. What is my gym’s pool measured in?”
Instantly, horrifying thoughts (exaggeration intended) all spawned by internet horror stories flooded my mind, “My gym’s pool is actually only 19 yards!” or “I had to count the tiles to figure out how long my pool was.”
Oh no, oh no, oh no. What if I thought I was swimming one thing, but I was actually only swimming another measly amount and I proclaimed to all of the blogland about my improving times?! What if it was all a farce?!
I immediately called my gym:
“Hello, can you please tell me how long the pool is in YARDS or METERS?” (Emphasis implied)
“It’s 25 meters.”
“Are you sure it’s METERS and not YARDS?”
“Yes, I’m sure.”
“So you’re absolutely sure it’s 25 METERS?”
“Ma’am, yes, I’m 100% sure it’s 25 METERS.”
Hang up phone.
Then a quick Google search as I never claimed to be good at math.
EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!! There was fist pumping and dancing in my seat.
1 meter = 1.0936133 yards
25 meters = 27.3403325 yards
This entire time I thought I was swimming yards, but I was actually swimming meters, meaning that I’ve been swimming longer than I thought. I’d match this experience to finding $20 in your jeans. Awesome.
So what does this mean? Since I’ve been swimming a certain distance in meters, I was able to go through my training log and just change the units of all of my swim workouts. From there, it pumped out my new average pace per 100 yards (that’s it’s default average calculation unit) for the past 12 weeks, making this novice swimmer a very happy camper:
Week 1: 2:27
Week 2: 2:27
Week 3: 2:27
Week 4: 2:24
Week 5: 2:06
week 6: 2:07
Week 7: 2:07
Week 8: 1:58
Week 9: 2:04
Week 10: 1:52
Week 11: 1:48
Week 12: 1:35
Now let’s just hope that the front desk guy was actually right because I like to pretend that I won’t drown come race day. So here’s my PSA to you, my good friends, double check your pool length and units. You might be glad you did.
What would be the sports equivalent to finding 20 bucks in your pocket to you?