Sunday, 30 January 2011
43things: Swim 1km without stopping
Image from http://www.msac.com.au/aquatics/lap-swimming
I have to keep pinching myself in order to believe I actually achieved this goal. And so quickly too.
Honestly I don’t know how it happened. I’ve been to the pool about - times per week for the last few weeks. Prior to Tuesday, the most I had swum without a quick break at the end of a lap was m.
Somehow on Tuesday it happened. I was aiming for m ( laps). I was still feeling good after , so thought I would be ambitious and aim for . By I was still ok so aimed for , then …By the time I reached I was determined to make the , so I did.
It was more by accident than any specific traning or pre-planning. Maybe it had something to do with not having done any other exercise for hours beforehand, so my arms and shoulders were fresh.
As exciting as that was, it’s a bit scary. I’ve raised the bar now.
Today I’m a bit tired, a bit hungover, and a bit sore from a training session I had yesterday. However its degrees and I need to cool down. I’m about to head to the pool. I’m afraid I won’t be able to swim , let alone laps without stopping, which will make me a fraud.
But even if I do stop and take breaks, I know I’ll get to km. I don’t always have to swim without stopping, just because I have before. Sometimes I’ll want to have a drink. Sometimes my goggles will leak or fog up. Sometimes I’ll be lazy and hungover.
And while it’s not perfect, I have to remind myself it’s ok. Just making the effort and getting out there and doing it is a great thing!
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