Today was an awesome day at the pool! I hit a new milestone in my training for the 5K Swimathon, by swimming a total of 100 lengths in one go!
Not only is this the furthest I’ve ever swum – 2.5 kilometres / 1.55 miles – but I did it in a personal best time too – of 1hour 3 minutes.
Which means, I’m swimming an average lap time of 38 seconds [per 25m lap]
For seasoned distance swimmers this might seem like a ‘drop in the ocean’ but on behalf of those of us who are only just starting to train up and take our swimming to the next level, I’d say it’s something to be pretty chuffed about.
Post swim I was a bit pruney, wobbly in the leg department and a tad red in the face, but I suppose it’s testament to having pushed myself a bit further.
I suppose what I’m buzzing about is that today went a long way to proving that I might actually have a chance of being able to go the distance after all! [Something which, with only 10 weeks and 5days to go, I was starting to doubt a bit] It just goes to show, that you’ve got to ‘just keep swimming!’ [haha!]
So far my swimming training plan has been about:
- Improving my swimming technique – working on my front crawl stroke
- Generally building up my stamina – increasing the number of lengths I can do in one go, without taking breaks
- Spending as much time in the pool as possible – fitting more sessions into my working week and passing the ‘point-of-prunage’ at weekends with longer distance workouts
- Making sure I stretch out more before and after swimming
NB: If anyone’s gone any more distance swimming tips, I’d love to hear them