Yesterday my 1,000 km challenge group asked for us to update on our progress. Wow! Amazing how far people have managed to swim after only 15 days. I am not really on track if you compare me to the weekly or monthly averages, but I know I will get my extra kilometers in once I start swimming outdoors.
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.
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 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.
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.
Yeap, you read that correctly, the Viking is a 42+km OW race, where the + is because the actual swim distance is not a straight line.
I’m back in the pool after nearly 12 weeks off, from pool swimming. With the exception of two swims during my long swim week at the end of July my last pool practice was the 22nd of May. I missed our last week of Masters because of business trip.
I cross the finish line of Vidösternsimmet 21+km race at roughly 13:06. The start of the 6km race was a 14:00. It made for a stressful situation for me and probably for my wife too. I so wanted to just relax, enjoy the moment, talk to my friends and other finishers of the race to share “war” stories. Relax in the hot tub and eat. But there was not time for that. I go over to the registration to check that my wife already got my start kit, I rush to get my bag, turn on my phone and call my wife as I am walking up to the road. I never expected to finish so quickly, and she had her hands full with Lily getting ready for her race with the two little ones in tow. As I get to the road side, I see her pulling up. I try to smile, relax, and keep telling myself you have plenty of time now.
Back in Dec 2018, one of my Masters swimmers, probable the least likely to do so, announced that he was going to swim the 21+km OW swim. He had been speaker the year before and was inspired to give it a try. It didn’t take much convincing from him until a second swimmer signed up. After last years tough non wetsuit swim I decided, I should give it another try, but this time with a wetsuit.
After 2014’s race I didn’t think I would be back in Värnamo to race again. But early this year in June I was offered to buy a starting spot from a friend who no longer felt he was prepared for a long race. At that time I was training well. But since then, a long family vacation, work trips to Brazil & northern Sweden as well as camping trips put a stop to that. With only 13 km swimming during the month of July I head over to Värnamo for my fourth start of the 21+km race. To make it a real challenge I chose to participate in the non-wetsuit class.
Since my Dr gave me clearance to compete and the only thing holding me back is my physical condition, I have decided to participate in three potentially four races this summer.
First up will be Vansbro 3km OW. Last year I finished outside the top 100 with a time over 40 minutes. This year I am in better shape and know that I do not have to slow down or stop because of my increased heart rate. I haven’t decided between swimming in my sleeveless TYR or my full body. The temperatures will be up around 30C in the air, and over 18C in the water. This will be my 9th swim and I hope it will be my 6th time under 40 minutes and again top 100. I will have to bring both suits with me and decide in the morning which feels best.