1,000,000m Swimming 2020

I was happy with my 2020 goal to swim 800km in 2020.  Its an average of about 2.2km/day, or 15.4km/week. It would have also been an increase from around 725km from 2011 and 2012.  But yesterday I got trick into reading about others that were shooting for 1,000,000m in 2020.

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It sounded like a lot, but then I looked at it again and it would only mean an extra 500m/day or 3500m/week.  I had been considering adding a fifth swim workout to my week, and this challenge will give me that extra motivation I needed to make it happen.

I know that a majority of my swimming will happen May-Aug, so from now until April I just need to do what I can to not miss a practice.  When I do miss a swim practice, I will have to consider switching a crossfit or spinning pass with going to the pool instead.  Once the lake is suitable for swimming I will have to start swimming 6 days a week until mid-summers eve.  From mid-summer until after my Viking race I will have to swim at least once a day to get my shoulders ready for that long swim.  Good thing that I have lots of swimming friends around me that will make going to the pool/lake easier.

My wife also supports this goal, since she wants me to get back into shape.

2019 Summary & 2020 Goals

2019 was supposed to be a swim year for me. I was hoping to average ~42km swimming, ~31 hrs training and 10 CrossFit workouts a month.

But right from the get go work would put a stop to my training. Several trips to Poland starting January 13th, two to Dubai, then China, Malaysia and Lithuania really made it hard to swim or workout at all.
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100x100mx100s

It’s been a long time since I’ve challenged myself with a hard 100x100m. I think it was 6-7 years ago when I did this series start 1:30.

Now I do it to be social and swim on 100 seconds or 1:40. Today we were eight swimmers that managed 100. A few that swam on 1:30, three of us 1:40 and two others on 1:45. And a lot of swimmers that swam 1:50-2:15 and managed to swim in a range of 50-89×100.

1-10 just swimming

11-100 with paddles

Felt really good. 12-50 I went first in my lane and held 1:20-1:22 and was really relaxed. My buoy broke around 78 and was lucky to have a back up.

My job will most likely keep me from getting back to swimming on a 1:30 start, but I’m hoping to be able to swim 10km under 3 hours for many years to come.

Winter swim for Charity

I have always been fascinated by charity drives and other athletic collections that are able to raise lots of money. For example Ride of Hope and Swim of Hope. I was a part of a 24 hour swim a few years ago to help raise money for Doctors with out borders, but I am not sure how much I really effected the amount we raised.
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Vansbro 2020

I am really hoping to be able to get enough help next year so that I can race in our local OW race on June 13th, but I do know now how my July will start.  Yesterday I registered for 5 races over 8 days in Vansbro. But then a few hours later, they announced that one of the starting groups would be a retro theme to help celebrate the races 70 year history.

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