Thursday, April 09, 2009

Two Milestones in One, Baby!

Random milestone: This is my 100th post. Not so much of an accomplishment, but worth mentioning.

Now this... this is an accomplishment:

I swam a swimmer's mile today! Woohoo! 33 laps (66 lengths) brought me to the swimmer's mile of 1650 yards. Go, me!

Yeah, it took me 45 minutes. I did take a few short breaks. I did the breaststroke for my warm-up and cool down (5 laps), did some skating drills with fins, and used some backstroke recovery for some otherwise rest-free laps. But the bulk, undoubtedly, was the crawl.

Not bad for someone who could, not so long ago, barely crawl 25 yards without dying. (And couldn't do more than 50 yards breaststroke.) Worse yet, according to the instructor I once trained with, my crawl looked like I was being electrocuted. So I can call this a significant accomplishment. Next up: swimming 1650 yards, pure crawl, without any rest.

For now, though, I'm going to bed for some deep sleep.


Arnþór L. Arnarson said...

Who knows you might have found your thing right there. You are delivering huge numbers at any rate. I fell in love with cycling, but perhaps now you have found your vehicle, or at least one of them. Great stuff! :)

Karen said...

Hah! I may be a better swimmer than runner, but I don't think I'll ever be able to call swimming "my thing". I watch other swimmers, and they seem to glide as effortlessly as sharks through the water. Me? Well, no one will mistake me for a sleek shark. But at least no one will call the lifeguard for me! Nevertheless, it's nice that I've found a very relaxing way to exercise; something I can do even when anything else feels like too much.

Thanks for the comment. :)