76 Lengths in a Nautical Mile – More or Less

HEALTH WARNING – Nerdiness Alert!

76 Lengths in a Nautical Mile – more or less……

(Actually after checking, I have discovered that a nautical mile is only 1.852 km – so closer to 74 lengths – why have I been doing 76 all of this time?)

Counting is made easier with nonsense……..

0-76 – god I hurt – 1 nautical mile to go

4-72 – 100 down

8-68 – getting my breath back

10-66 – has a certain ring

12-64 – mile to go

16-60 – 1.5 k to go

20-56 – 500 m down – 7/8ths of a mile remaining

24-52 – 24 years

25-51 – quarter century

26-50 – half century to go

30-46 – as far as some triathletes ever swim in one go

32-44 – 1/2 a mile down, 1100 to go

36-40 – only 1 k to go!

38-38 – 1/2 way

40-36 – 1 k completed, less than that left

48-28 – 3/4 of a mile gone

50-26 1/2 century

51-25 – 51 is the first uninteresting number, according to David Wells, in the 2nd edition of the Penguin Book of Curious and Interesting Numbers (Of 51: This appears to be the first uninteresting number, which of course makes it an especially interesting number… ).  Interestingly enough, in his first edition, 39 was deemed the first uninteresting number.  If you want to know what made 39 of some interest between the two editions, you’ll have to buy the book.  Also 1/4 of a century to go.

52-24 – Weeks in the year

56-20 – 7/8th of a mile – 500 m to go!

60 – 1.5 km down – 400 m to go – 16 lengths is a psychologically small number for me.  I know I should be able to bash this out at a reasonable speed however tired I am getting there.

64-12 – mile down – only 300 m to go!

66-10 – 250 m left

67-9 -into single digits

68-8 – only 200 left

70-6 – just 6 lengths

72-4 – dig deep – only 100 left

75-1 – last length – anything left in the tank?

76-0 – Yes!  Finished!

Sorry for the nerdiness.  I do sets of 76 lengths reasonably frequently, and this is the sort of nonsense that goes through my head; it helps me also to remember how far I have swum…..

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