I swam a decent amount (for me) in 2014 as I was preparing for my first triathlon. A total of 36 swims, actually. My longest swim session was 1700 yards, but the longest actual swim was probably 600 yards. After that year, I swam…..once. One single time, in 2015, for about 900 total yards. After that single time in ’15, I didn’t swim again until a few weeks ago. Yikes!
Since I started back up again, I’ve been following the stupid simple plan from this site. It helps you build up to a mile. Last time I swam more than once, I made it up to week four, where you go 600 yards in a straight shot before some intervals. This time, I wasn’t really following the plan in a strict sense, but I was generally following portions of it. I’d swim the workout, then swim 450 yards in a straight shot. I was feeling pretty good about things!
Monday morning, I went to the pool and decided that rather than following the plan, I was just going to swim and see how far I could go. I figured I’d go 800, maybe 900 yards. A straight thousand would be awesome. When it was all said and done, I hit 1650 yards. A full swimmer’s mile! Just over an Olympic distance swim, a bit short of a half ironman.
Sure, it wasn’t fast at all. My total time was 39:XX, which is pretty dang slow for a pool swim. But that’s fine; speed will come. It’s the fact that I could go for about 40 minutes and cover that distance. That gives me some confidence in a sprint tri, where I’ll be swimming a much, much shorter distance (the one I’m targeting in June is a quarter mile, or about 440 yards). I’ll need to work on open water swimming, but being able to go 3x farther than necessary has to help.
Very happy crossing that milestone! Onto the next one (sub-2:00 100s).