I swam a 2000 today. That is by no means a normal swim, though I suspect by the end of the summer that it will be. Right now, a good solid 1500 is my normal workout. A 2000 takes me about 50 minutes and I don’t always have that much time. No, I am not a fast swimmer by any stretch of the imagination!
So, that’s 20,000 yards since May 1. I want to see if I can possibly get in another 5,000 by May 31, so that I can be properly on track to get to my goal on time without scrambling too much. I have until Aug 31, so ideally I need to put in 25,000 yards a month. That’s a good, steady pace. Not insane, but there’s little room for slacking.
That’s a lot more yardage than I’ve ever swum in a month.
This is doing a good job of keeping me focused on working out. You pretty much have to keep working at a pretty steady pace or you won’t make it. Oh sure, there are already people who have racked up something like 35,000 yards. They’re competitive swimmers and hats off to ’em.
I found out an aqua aerobics class only counts as 500 yards. I think they’re getting the short end of the stick. Those classes are an hour long! I’ll grant you probably don’t go quite as hard as I do, but… Well, if aqua aerobics is what you’re doing, either your fitness levels aren’t quite at the lap swimming range, your technique isn’t up to it, or you’ve got a disability where there’s Just No Way. I wouldn’t begrudge an hour class counting as 2000 yards if it’s getting butts in the pool. Doing what you can is important. I mean, there’s a reason I’m a swimmer and not a runner!
I’m all mellow and relaxed and sleepy after my swim. I may nap. I may just veg. But goodness me, it’s nice to have work done, have worked out and have a free afternoon. I don’t get this often, but I sure like it.