1,000,000m Swimming and Covid-19

I found it interesting that I did not write about this, but based on my OW season totals I thought I would be able to pass 1,000,000m swimming around the 20th of Sept. But getting sick on Sept 1st did not help. I eventually surpassed the 1 million meter mark on Sept 30th.

Unfortunately, my run for 1,000,000m came at a cost. I am not sure if it was because of my 42km swim on the 16th of August, or if it has more to do with me being on path to double last years swimming totals. Either way, the move back to the pool from OW has not been good for my shoulders. In Oct I was ready to call it a season and start to rehab and get ready for 2021. But then I was persuaded to go to Swedish nationals. Luckily for me it was cancelled because of the Covid-19 restricttions. But it was hard for me to accept that I still needed to rehab if I was going to be able to perform at all in 2021.

Luckily for me, maybe not for everyone, the new Covid-19 restrictions just came to our region of Sweden. This means no team swimming for the next three weeks. It means I will most likely not go to any crossfit workouts for the next three weeks. But it opens the door for me to go to the pool to work on my technique, swim at a slower pace, swim with no programming. I can go to the gym during off-peak hours and work on lifting basics. Heck I can even start going on walks that might lead to me starting to run again.

As negative as I can be when it comes to change I am really going to try to see the positives that can come out of this.

PS I am not affraid to get sick, I am not concerned about my family getting sick, but if me sitting on the sofa fighting with Jeanette about whether we watch Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D or a documentry on Swedish Queens for the next three weeks means we can get closer to a normal situation faster then I am ready to wrestle Jeanette over the TV control 🙂

Rough start to May

My first business trip since the start of the Covid-19 outbreak. I knew that I would eventually have to travel again, and I has 100% aware that it was not going to be easy from being at home for the past five months working out on average 12 hours a week to nothing for upwards of six days. But having the last 3 trips cancelled or postponed I was kind of hoping that this one would be push up too.

Due to the limited access to public transportation and the roughly 1300km distance I had to travel to get to site, I wound up traveling by car for nearly 13 hours on Sunday the 3rd of May with two colleagues headed in the same direction. Everything in the town I was visiting had shortened hours. Most things closed between 1600 and 1800 daily. This limited my options for food and the hotel we stayed at had no fitness room.

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Week 7 – “halfway” thru Feb

It’s a leap year, which means and extra training this month, and we’re just over halfway thru February. It’s been three weeks with with two hour Sunday swimming and I’m starting to feel the effects of my long training weeks. My shoulders are sore and swimming doesn’t feel as good on Sunday’s as it does during the week.

February

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1 Million Meter – January update

As you know I took on the 1,000,000 m Challenge 2020, or 1000 km, or in Swedish a 100 mil.

It was a rough start to the year with a slow start to the swim year with less than 10km the first week, but with Thursday night’s medley workout and Friday the 31st solo swim I finally swam past the pace holder.

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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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My first real Swimrun suit

Yesterday I picked up my new Colting Swimrun Go, my first real swimrun suit. In 2015, my swimrun partner and I had the chance to compete in brand new TYR Hurricane C3 suits, that we had to cut off the arms and legs to be able to manage the runs. This was the way most did it back then, since the short arm and leg suit had not gotten as far in development. But things have changed in 3 years. More and more wetsuit designers see the growth potential of Swimrun races as they are no longer only arranged in Sweden.
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Coming up 2018…

I usually like to make a summary of the previous year, both training summary and race summary before I make plans for the coming year, but not today.  I didn’t do much in 2018 and I really do not know what my future brings in 2018.

Will 2018 be the year:

  • The swimmer in me shines through?
  • I find the joy of running again?
  • I get back on a bike?
  • I lose the unwanted 15 kg belly?
  • I finally shave off my beard?

I am only setting three general goals for 2018.

  1. Workout 365 hours
  2. Swim 540km (45km/month)
  3. 120 Crossfit WoDs (10 WoDs/month)

If I manage to reach all three of these goals I will be happy with 2018 no matter what the doctors tell me in my follow up meeting or my results from Vansbro & Kalmar Swimrun.

But I have a strong feeling that my beard will out live my belly….

Moving on and setting new goals

So it has been over 15 months since my last non-swimming race and I miss it.  I really do miss the atmosphere and other competitors of triathlon and swimrun races and I can not wait to get back to the starting line.  But for the time being I need to move on (or back) to being a good swimmer and then build from there.

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