How my taper effected my million meter challenge

So I did it, I managed to keep my taper plans. It took more will power to follow through with it considering there was no Swedish Nationals to taper for. But luckily for me, my swimmers were up for some practice races and I managed not only to reduce my swimming, but cut back in all of my normal training over the last two weeks.

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1,000,000m update thru Feb

Since it is easier for me to report updates based on Monday to Sunday, February’s update includes the 1st of March. For the first time since I started this challenge I skipped my fifth swim of the week. I had already reached my feb goal and I knew I would reach my week goal after this mornings swim. So I saved that workout for another day.

Second month over the 83km mark

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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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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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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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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….