desert dude wrote:
gary p wrote:
In the context of this forum (adult triathletes, many without a competitive swim background), I 'd say sub 6:00 for men under 55 years old, and sub 6:30 for women under 55.
I think for the majority of triathletes sub 6:00 is a dream that will not ever be attained. More like 6:20 and 6:45/:50 for M/W to be off or near the very front of the AG swim in the majority of races anyone will do. (local/regional/70.3/IM)
To be a FOP M AG swimmer you need to be holding about 1:21-:24 for your longer repeats without falling off in the back end of a 2000+ yard main set without taking a lot of time between reps. If you can do 300,400,500,600 on the 1:25-:27 pace and hold your repeat times you're going to in a very good position in T1.
If you can do repeats on that pace you're going to be out of the water in the top 8 in your AG almost every race you do.
While having a fast 500 or 1000 is great, and will go a long way to getting you to the front of the race, being able to swim within :02/100 for that for 1700-2200yds will put more people behind you after the swim.
^ what the Dude said, realistically...
for men over 55 to go ~6:30 will put them out of the water at or near the front in their AG, in any distance. Assuming they can handle OWS as well as they handle the pool. The work it takes to get faster may not be worth the time/energy investment in the real world.
Enjoy the journey
I could break the course record - theoretically, Bishop Pickering - from the movie "Caddyshack"