Today marks a couple of milestones in my swimming. First, year to date I swam over 100,000 meters. After my second swim this afternoon I will have reached a total of 104,650 meters. That is 65 miles and it is only February 24th. Last year I crossed that mark in July. Wow. I don’t plan on swimming this much all year, only through April. The purpose of swimming such high volume of distance is to work on my stroke and strengthen my swim, both to improve my time. Which leads to my second milestone. My swim this morning was a total of 3,000 meters, the main set had a total of 15×100. It was broken up 3×100, 200 pull, 5×100, 200 pull, 7×100. The goal of the set was a steady pace swim. Each 100 should be done on what I would want my 100 splits to be on my 400 swim or longer plus 10 seconds for the sendoff time. I would like to maintain at least a 2:05, so I set my interval at 2:15. I did all 15 on 2:02-2:03. Big Yippee! On January 3rd I wrote I was able to complete 3 out of 6 100’s within 2:10 total sendoff time. I wasn’t even aiming for any specific time to come in on other than 2:09. Not only did I complete a total of 15 coming in under 2:05, the last 7 in a row were just as strong as the first three. Milestone two: I am faster. Sure is easier to believe I can get faster now that I see the results of my training.
I chose “Milestone” because it has several meanings to my training as well as my life today. First, the original meaning refers to the mile markers made of stone set up on a roadside indicating the distance traveled. I am at mile 65 in the pool. Another definition is an important event, for example the advancement in knowledge. I am learning so much about myself through this training experience. When put to the test, I am capable of doing so much more than I had ever imagined. This applies to not just my physical ability, but also my emotional resolve. And I am excited to see how much more I will achieve. Finally, another definition of milestone is a turning point. (many of you may know where I am going with this one…) There is a milestone I have not completely accomplished yet. Stress the word YET. Flip turns. I also flipped for a few minutes after my swim today. I was able to get close enough to the wall to push off. I am spending an hour tomorrow morning with the life guard just on flip turns. The day (next week hopefully) I am able to swim and flip turn will be a big turning point for me. A point that will lead me on to more milestones, like consistently breaking 2:00 on my 100’s. Marker, event, turning point – however defined, today is a good day. And I will rejoice and be glad.