I crossed a major milestone tonight; I finished my first 2000+ yard swim workout; 2200 yards to be exact. My goal was to hit 2000 yards in a workout by the end of March, and I made it with a week to spare. Hard to believe that four months ago I couldn’t make it to the end of the 25 yard lap pool without gasping uncontrollably for air.
I remember, after one of my earliest swimming-related posts, someone encouraging me with the comment, “You’ll be amazed at how quickly you improve.” I also remember thinking, “Yeah, right. I’ll be amazed if I survive.” Fortunately, I have been proven wrong again.
As I’ve said a couple of times recently, the thing that really surprises me about swimming is that I enjoy it now. As one who spent most of my adult life trying to avoid swimming, the beach, the pool, etc, I now find myself looking forward to swim workouts. I never could have imagined it growing up (or even 6 months ago).
I can honestly say (and possibly have too many times already) that this Chasing Fifty Challenge has changed my life, and swimming is probably one of the most significant markers on the road. The Century ride? Yeah, that was big, but I’ve ridden bicycles a long way before, even as a kid. The marathon? I felt great about completing it, but I ran one faster 13 years ago. I never really doubted that I could finish it, if I just kept from getting injured in the training. But swimming? That’s something I have never been able to master in my previous 50 years. Something I’d always been pretty sure I couldn’t do. I’ve never been so glad to be proven wrong about a firmly held belief.