Last night was my third lap swim. Swimming continues to suck less than running, but most things – some days including a root canal – suck less than running so that’s the kind of bar that one can trip and fall over.
Last time I swam laps I did a little over a mile in a little under an hour. I took breaks on that swim, so my swim coach asked me this week to see how long I could swim without a break. It turns out that I can pretty easily swim 1.1 miles in an hour with no breaks. I stopped because my hour was up but I could have easily continued. I’m still focused on my technique so I wasn’t making any effort at speed. My lap speed stayed consistent throughout, the swim was easy, I wasn’t fatigued and I felt like I could have continued for quite some time, and this is in spite of the fact that I had four hours of sleep the night before and spent the day running around Disneyland.
This – swimming long distances without breaks – is a big step in my march toward the IRONMAN. Next November at my 70.3 (“Half IM” event) I will have 1 hour and 10 minutes to swim 1.2 miles. The following November I will have 2 hours and 20 minutes to swim 2.4 miles.
Of course it’s in open water and that’s very different from the pool, and of course I’m trying to do it faster than that because the swim and the bike are about buying myself as much time as I can for the run. Still, I feel like this is pretty good progress from November when the only thing I was excelling at when it came to swimming was my tolerance for drinking pool water in lieu of breathing.
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