Lifetime Fitness Pool Dimensions – Sandy, Utah


I have, or had, a problem. I swim at the Lifetime Fitness gym in Sandy, Utah, and I like swimming in the outdoor pool as much as I can because there is part of the pool where you can swim lengths that go beyond the 25 meters of the lap pool area.

But today I received the following assignment from my triathlon coach:

This set will establish your “T-time.” After a short warm-up, swim 1000 yards/meters at a constant pace and good effort—as if racing. Record the time in your log. The average pace per 100 will be called your “T-pace.”
Remainder of workout as you feel.

The problem I have…er, had, I hope, is that I didn’t know how far I was swimming when I swam a length. I walked it out one day, and estimated it might be 35 meters across the whole way, but I was only confident to within a meter or two. Luckily, I’m not as dumb as I look.

Enter Google Maps. I looked up the address of the gym, and sure enough, Google Maps allowed me to zoom all the way in on the pool and get the above image. Now, I know the lanes are 25 meters. All that was left to do was a little work in Photoshop as follows:

1. Measure the pixels for the 25 meter area. Pixels = 220

2. Measure the pixels for the entire distance, including the 25 meter area. Pixels = 340

3. Simple math – (25/220) x 340 = 38.6ish

In other words, the pool would appear to be 38.6ish meters per length, or roughly 77 meters per lap. However, the major problem with my method is that even though I could zoom as far in on the pool as I did, it’s still a fairly blurry image, so I estimate I could be off by as much as 1 to 1.5 feet on the length, and I would like to be exact. So, tomorrow morning what will I be taking to the gym? That’s right, a tape measure. I just know I won’t be able to sleep soundly at night until I know for sure.

  • justin balinski

    At the same zoom find another building which you know the real dimensions for( or a car which you can accurately guess) and use that as a reference. multiply that reference length by how many times that distance exists in the pool.

  • http://bob bob

    dude. why don’t you just swim the 25 meters? you all are putting way too much work into this.
    your t-pace 1 year ago for 100 meters was 1:58 and for 300 meters was 5:58. i had that written down forever somewhere.

  • Joshua

    I like swimming the longer distance. Makes it seem more like an open water swim. Not exactly, but it’s a little bit more like it since I don’t get to push off a wall as often.

    Ok! So I measured the pool today and the math works out to 13 laps for 1,000 meters. That is, the ? area above is about 13.46 meters, making one length about 38.46 meters, or one lap about 76.92 meters, but I think that’s close enough to say it’s 77 meters per lap. Anyway, 13 laps is 1,000 meters is my story, and I’m sticking to it.

    So I swam it today and figured out that my “t-pace” (the fastest pace at which you can swim 1,000 meters without stopping) is about 2:17. Of course that was after a 35 minute bike ride and virtually no breakfast, even though it’s about 10 am, so I wasn’t doing this under exactly optimal conditions. But it’s probably close enough for now.

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