April 27, 2007

Swim Progress Update

I remember last fall when I started to swim laps when I would struggle to get in 500 or 750 yards over 20 or 30 minutes. More wasn't an option - I was wasted after that. I asked everyone around me how to swim and I tried anything and everything.

There was no magic that would make me an instant swimmer.

In January I boasted about completing a 750 yard straight swim, a distance huge at the time but which now seems almost laughable.

Flash forward to today.

This morning I swam 2100 yards of mixed intervals after a 400 yard warm up. This was a medium day both in intensity and distance, and I stopped when I did because my hour of allotted childcare had ended. This week I'll meet the 10,000 yard mark for the first time. My long swim Sunday will be either 3000 or 3500 (if I'm feeling it), both distance which I already have conquered.

There was no magic that allowed me to swim.

There was only persistence. And a stubbornness that I WILL.NOT.FAIL.

Thanks for joining me for My Daily Spin.

10 comments:

IM Able said...

I *absolutely* get your swimming mojo!! It sounds so stupid, but the only thing that really got me to where we both seem to be is just swimming more. Just swim and swim and swim and sooner or later it just becomes natural to do 3000+ sets.

And don't cha just LOVE IT!

LoneStarCrank said...

I covet ye 'mojo'. Please send some my way!

Bike Chick said...

Congrats on the swim progress. You've worked hard and it shows.

Libor said...

Keept it up. Ya know, one of the the things I found about doing distance for this sport is that it is ALL in the mind. Once again, mind over matter. If you convince yourself you CAN do it, you will do it. It's no diff. than studying for exams when you think all is overwhellming. No matter what the distance. The best way is to just DO the dist. Use the resource you have, anticipate and don't think, just do it. Yes, it will drain you but the rewards will send you to a new realm. Good luck.

Robin said...

Congrats on going the distance. That's a big leap in a short amount of time.

RunBubbaRun said...

Great job on the swim.. Persistence and consistency does pay off some how... But I wish swimming was not so hard for us floaters out there..

Iron Girl Nyhus said...

Keep up the good work... send me a little of your persistence in the pool :)

Triteacher said...

Nicely done, TriJack. Feels good to see progress, doesn't it?

Mallie said...

I generally have that same determination and stubborn attitude, but I've been a bit lacking of late. If you don't send all of your excess to lonestarcrank, I'd be appreciative of a bit!

ironjenny said...

You're gonna kick my arse in Zurich... ;-)