By November 1, 2006

Beware the Walrus

I hit a rather big milestone in my swimming career today. I swam a mile for the first time. Not just a metric mile, which is the distance used during in-pool competitions; but 64 lengths for a total of 1600 meters. That’s much closer to the standard mile of 1609m. I managed to not drown myself for 36:30.

I remember the first time I tried to do lap swimming. I was gassed after four lengths, just 100 meters. I was afraid to put my face under the water. A guy in his 70s had to help me by telling me to walk in the wading pool first, bent over and just doing the upper body part of the crawl. As I do now, I’m sure I looked like an idiot in the water. But I kept swimming, and here I am cranking out a mile per session.

Next on the agenda is diminishing my rest time between 200m sets; I’m already down to 45 seconds per 200 for the first 1000m I swim. Eventually I’d like to swim the mile without any rests at all, and throw in some flip-turns to boot. I’m going to need some help on that last part; maybe that old guy is still around up in Oakton.

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  1. Bond says:

    And after “diminishing my rest time between 200m sets”, the English Channel ?