I have done 10+ trains 800-1000 yards and they all worked - until today. One of our lane mates could not keep up and derailed the train. We had a solid 500 of swimming and then the train was broken and we were literally floating in the back. Sort of like that Doritos bag that clocked a 1:30 at IMChoo with the current. The whole thing was f'd up.
Solution- if you CAN'T keep up, drop off and let the train remain a train. I'm all for swimming up in a faster lane but NOT at the others expense.
Which leads me to a few reminders or masters etiquette
- Dive or jump in when someone is swimming toward the wall (seems obvious - but clearly it is not)
- Use the starting blocks because they seem fun
- Swim down the middle of a lane EVER
- Remain stationary in the lane, except at the wall (seems obvious - but clearly it is not)
- Stand or hold onto the wall in the middle of the lane - go to the side
- Push off the wall immediately before or after another swimmer—no tailgating! (unless the set is a train or there are 8+ people and lane agrees to 3 second off)
- Do your own thing in a lane that is following a prescribed set or workout.
- Lead the lane if you can't do the math on the interval or if you don't understand the set
- Don't high jack the interval to make it your pace
- Don't add breastwork in a freestyle set
- Enter the water feet first. This is mandatory for all Masters swimmers (who knew)
- Circle swim, staying always to the right of the lane, only moving toward the center when ready to turn at the wall
- Scoot to the corner of the lane while standing or holding onto the wall
- Tap a swimmer's toes in front of you, indicating that you wish to pass at the next turn
- Let the person behind you go if they are catching you every 100
- Allow 5 seconds between swimmers.
I know..... North County problems- if this is all I have to rant about- life is pretty darn sweet! Yes it is.