Monday, October 5, 2009

2,000 Meters

2,000 meters! 2,000 meters! 2,000 meters! Okay, so probably not that impressive of an accomplishment to most of you, but I am pretty darned excited! It was my longest workout since getting back in the pool. Here’s what today consisted of:

  • 100 warm up
  • 4x100 backstroke
  • 4x300 IM
  • 300 warm down

Yay, simple and easy! I am even feeling a lot better in the water and am finding myself looking forward to Wednesday’s workout. I wonder if I can do more? I wonder if I can start doing intervals?! So far I’ve just been doing sets with a certain amount of rest in between each, instead of sets on intervals. I haven’t been ready to commit to doing intervals yet, and chance not making them.

I’m glad I finally took my own advice and stopped comparing my present to my past. Because that was really getting depressing! You know what else I’ve noticed? I like swimming. I swam for several years without liking it. I got to the point, during my age group years, that I was just a little robot. I swam because that is who I was. I truly believed I’d be nothing without it. My manipulative and controlling coach drilled that into my head until it became a fact to me.

So, 2,000 meters. I know it’s not that far. But it might as well be a million meters from where I was when I stopped swimming. I did it because I wanted to do it. And I didn’t stop because I didn’t want to stop. And guess what? I swam 2,000 meters. J


  1. Congratulations! That's a great milestone. :) I hope you get a chance to do some swimming for fun in Hawaii.

    You know - swimming wasn't fun for me in age group or college either. I quit after my sophomore year college season in burnout and depression. My coaches were ok - but the hours, yardage and commitment required were insane.

  2. Congrats on the 2K...that's a long way to swim.

    Your age group experience is especially interesting to me since at this point Chopstick absolutely loves swimming but I hear so much about burnout.

    You mention your coach being controlling, what other factors were pushing you more than you wanted?

  3. Thanks, CSD! I was really excited.

    Well, my ex-coach is sitting in prison and will most likely be there the rest of his life. Since you're from the bay area, you may have heard of him recently in the news? Andy King?