The longest distance I ever swam in a month was 100 km. Not too shabby. I did it twice in fact, in March last year, and in January this year.
This month I resolved to step things up a little, planning to hit 110 km in the month.
Things have been going well. The month started on Saturday 1st with The Big Chill in Windermere. Only 480 m that day, but it was in 5 C water. I have a blog in preparation after this event, but there’s a lot to get in there, and it is taking time. The first week continued with a swim in Bletchley on the way back from the Lakes, and swims every day till Friday, including 2 on Thursday, before work, and at lunchtime. A mixture of short, sharp interval and fast sets, and one four mile steady swim before work. 28 km on the week.
No swimming on Saturday or Sunday as I had my boys for the weekend. Also a steadier week to follow, only 18 km over Mon-Thurs, but again, a double swim on Monday, a rest day on the Friday before something bigger on the weekend…….
I had a back-to-back 10 km planned for the weekend of the 15th/16th. I wanted to test myself and see how the shoulders held up to another sustained piece of swimming. Helen gave me the idea, as she had done the same thing a few weeks ago in the build up to her imminent Rottnest swim. It all went very well, surprisingly well actually. The Saturday 10 km went off very smoothly in 2 h 51 minutes including feeds. Not blisteringly fast, but steady, smooth, and mostly enjoyable!
I was daunted on Sunday driving to the pool, but needn’t have worried. The second 10 km swim of the weekend also went well. I could feel the previous day’s work in the shoulders, but dropped into a lovely effortless stroke for miles 3, 4, & 5 at least. 2 h 53 mins including feeds.
Monday was a 2 km recovery swim, 4.25 km of intervals on Tuesday, followed by a lunchtime, ‘swim 3 km as fast as you can without stopping’ set on the Wednesday. Much to my surprise, it was a record time for me for 3 km straight, at 46 mins 30. Awesome! I did push pretty hard, and my shoulders complained a little, but that was fast for me! I was slightly concerned that too many distance sets would have made me sluggish, but this proved me wrong, for the moment at least.
By breakfast time tomorrow, I will have swum 39 km on the week, which is a lot for me. I will deserve my weekend of rest with my boys, and the 1 hour of sports massage I have booked for Friday lunchtime!
I remain on course for 110 km in the month, and February is short…….