This weekend, I did something crazy. One of my Coeur teammates set-up a challenge – get together to swim 100×100. Now, there was no way that I was going to be able to do a full century swim, but this event was totally friendly to all ability levels, and we were all encouraged to set our own goals. There were over 30 people there, which was pretty impressive. I felt bad for the regulars at the pool – they just kept looking for an open lane and figuring we had to be done soon. That said, we were only taking up 4 lanes.
I set my goal at 50×100. 5000 yards in the pool.
When I was setting my goal, I wanted something that was challenging, but also something that I could achieve. I’m honestly not sure what the longest swim I’ve ever done was, but I’m betting it was somewhere around 3000. That said, I’m doing the 4500 swim at Fort Ritchie Swimfest at the end of May, so I wanted to see just how much training I need to do to comfortably be able to complete that swim. But even the night before, I was debating whether or not I wanted to drop my goal to 4000.
This was an awesome event to be a part of. There were people of a lot of ability levels participating, and there was zero judgment in the slow lane, or from anyone in the fast lanes. We were all out there challenging ourselves and getting it done.
I definitely wasn’t attempting to swim 5000 without any breaks. There were chat breaks at the end of the lane, bathroom breaks, snack breaks, water breaks. Whatever it took to get through the workout.
I definitely hit a bit of a wall somewhere around 3000. I couldn’t believe that I was only 3/5ths done. But once I pushed through and hit 4000, doing an extra thousand didn’t sound so bad. For me, it’s all about breaking up a big workout into manageable chunks.
And while the company was clearly the best part of the workout, the second best part was the delicious Honeymoon Ice Cream sandwiches afterwards. YUM. I’ll do just about anything for good ice cream.