Any musician should recognize this number as significant. It is the number of keys on a standard sized piano keyboard.
It also just so happens to be the number of pool lengths of a 20 yard pool that make up a mile. (Most lap pools are 25 yards or meters, but the Milton YMCA is 20.)
88 lengths = 44 laps = 1760 yards = 5280 feet.
That is how far I swam today. It took me about an hour and 20 minutes. This is how I wanted to celebrate my birthday. Three months ago, on Dec 8th, my first time in a lap pool, I did 300 yards in about 15 minutes, which is close to today’s pace. That kicked me for a loop. I was dizzy, and somewhat a mess. In less than 3 months, I worked up to a full mile swim.My first time in the pool, I couldn’t crawl most of the time, doing at least 80-90% backstroke. Today, I used less than 20% backstroke.
If I get to 1.2 miles, that is the swim portion of a half-ironman. Of course, that’s open water, which is a whole different world from a lap pool with clear water, walls to push off of, and shallow ends to pause in. But hey, I am a lot closer now than I thought I would be in 3 months.
I met my volume goals for February, even taking a week off. I set out to swim 4 miles, and run 30 miles. I swam 7680 yards, which is 23, 040 feet, or 4.36 miles. I ran 31 miles.
For March, I will be upping my volume goals, and hopefully not missing any days/weeks for illness, and definitely not for out of town trips. So this is a month I can really do some work. With Lent starting, this is my discipline. I am not adding cycling yet, but I do need to add some serious weight training, and I want to focus more on swimming than running for just this month, since the YMCA I belong to is having a lap swim challenge for the month of March. Trouble is, sometimes I swim at Sunbury, and sometimes at Milton, and they are separate challenges. I will be picking one to settle on tonight, and make scheduling changes as I need to.
Next year, I plan to celebrate my 40th (10th) birthday by watching the sun rise over the Grand Canyon, with my wife and children. By then, I will have run a 10k trail run, a road 1/2 marathon, and completed a sprint triathlon and a short trail lap triathlon.
Since Dec 1, I have lost 16 pounds of scale weight. I still see no changes visibly, but hey, it’s the long haul. I bought a speedo for swimming (long trunks people, do not panic) and I actually wore it. It’s pushing the limits of a 38inch lycra waist, but that’s the largest size I could get off the rack.
So in addition to all the very nice facebook birthday greetings, this is the celebration part of my birthday. Monday means visitations, and a hectic after school schedule, so we went out yesterday for a meal.
Training goal: On to March. Let’s say 40 miles running, 8 miles swimming, and 8 solid weight training sessions.
Food tip: sometimes irony works out in one’s favor. Despite the name, a sweet potato is a far better food in every way than a white potato. More iron, more vitamins, and much lower glycemic response.
Congratulations Craig and Danielle on their second child! I would have liked a leap year baby to know, but that’s another year off. Feb 28 is good too.