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Finding swim zones in a swim spa

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    Jokerd119
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    Literature calls for swim time trials to swim a fixed distance to calculate zones. Any suggestions for swimming in a swim spa where pace or distance aren’t necessarily known.

    I am able to capture HR data and time.
    Thanks.

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    David Warden
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    J,

    See our guide https://www.8020endurance.com/how-to-convert-pool-swim-workouts-to-open-water/

    If you have a Garmin device that supports open water mode, then you can use any of our swim workouts without a standard pool, including the test workouts.

    However, if your spa in indoors, which I suspect, this option is not available to you.

    So, you’ll just have use feel and a best guess for an indoor spa. Check out the swim zone calculator at https://www.8020endurance.com/8020-zone-calculator/ and give your best estimate of each zone. Then, when the workout called for “Zone 3” you’ll estimate a Zone 3 intensity and perform the interval for the estimated duration. For example, if you are asked to perform 200 meters at Zone 3, and your best guess is that your Zone 3 is 1:51 to 1:56 per 100, then you’ll swim at a Zone 3 estimated intensity for 3:42 to 3:52.

    David

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