Swimming to My Goal


A Belated New Year’s Resolution

It’s my goal to swim 100 miles this year. I’m not going to track weight loss, calories, hours of exercise or anything else — just the number of laps I have swum.

I was just going to try to swim a couple times a week, then I saw that the local YMCA has a “100 mile swim club”.  It’s not really a club (there’s no meetings) you just track your progress in a log under the life guard’s chair and when you reach 100 miles I think there’s a T-shirt or something.

So, I set this goal late, but I think it’s still early enough in the year to count as a New Year’s resolution, and early enough to still be feasible.

How Far is 100 Miles?

7200 lengths of the pool. 72 lengths of the pool per mile puts the pool at between 24 and 25 yards. That means I would have needed to swim about two miles per week had I started right at the beginning of the year.

The first time I went swimming for this goal (last week) I was only able to swim 8 laps before being all tired out. The last two days I have been able to do 24 laps each night. I need to get up to about 40 laps per night. I have put up a chart in the sidebar of this blog detailing my progress. Each black square is a quarter mile.

So, feel free to bug me about my progress or to come swim with me!

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2 Responses to Swimming to My Goal

  1. Caroline Moore says:

    Go, Michael, go!

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