2 years ago
Last edited at 9:38PM on 6/7/2011
Depends what you mean by "long distances".
When I was training for triathlon I mostly swam 30-40 laps and i gave each 100m a visual key-word. I'd lock in a picture of whatever the keyword was as I turned at the shallow end and, when I finished the first kilometre, started the whole process again. It usually worked and if I lost count I could always pause at the end and check my watch.
On the other hand my son is training to swim the English Channel and his normal swim is 10 km. He does a great deal of that in open water, but often swims 10 km in a pool. My method wouldn't work for him but he's a very evenly-paced swimmer and I think he depends on elapsed time to count off his 200 laps.