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Maria's guestimates of race times for swimmers

Maria's Guestimates on Swim Race Times
By Maria Crowley
Posted on 3/24/2014 9:48 AM
Using this Official Triathlon Swim Chart...predict your race times....

This is how I do it...

Look at your swim times under the 1500 meter column...

ie.  Maria - 26:01/1500 meter time trial

Using that as the "mean"...add/subtract 5 minutes and use the 1/2 IM and Full IM race times, in the 10 minute range to predict your race times that already take in weather, wetsuits, currents, etc.....

I estimate that I could swim:

1/2 IM - 27:41 - 39:41 for Swim
Full IM - 54:04 - 1:19:49 for Swim

Now, I understand it's a big range, however....sometimes things just happen!  In IM China 2009, the swim course was awful. The only way to get through, for me, was to swim HARD and rest at each buoy.  I swim 1:01...but, in IM Australia 2007 and IM Florida 2008, I swam 1:15/1:16, and in Kona 2009, I swam 1:28 (anomaly).  However, using the chart, and, my formula....I 3 out of 4 times was "in range."

Interestingly enough, I always swam between 35:00 - 39:00 for 1/2 IM swims, which also fits into the range.  

So, for fun, let's see if "my formula" pans out for everyone.  (If you used a wetsuit, Deborah) for the time trial...I think that your range should add/subtract 3 minutes and place you closer to a 6 minutes range.  

What do you all think?

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