Day 35 of the Great Big 10k Marathon Swimming Adventure: Lapping it up!

Not the pool I swim in, but what an inspirational setup! (CC Image by Xander via Wikimedia)
Not the pool I swim in, but what an inspirational setup! (CC Image by Xander via Wikimedia)

Okay, this might sound more euphoric than I am. But wow! The easing into the new exercise regimen really has worked out well so far. Today was the second day of the changeover, and whilst this is very early days, and yes, getting out of bed was hard at 5:30 am today and on Friday, it paid off. And if I can keep it up, it will continue to pay off:

  • First of all, turns out getting your swimming done before work is brilliant. You are more energetic, relaxed and better able to concentrate – at work and for the rest of the day.
  • Secondly, I now have my liquid breakfast immediately after that swim, at about 8am. Just water before. Which means I eat within a twelve-hour-window, as you should.
  • Thirdly, building the swim stop into my commute the way I have means I can’t just weasel out of going. Once I am up, that means I am also swimming, even if only for a few laps. Or a proper work-out.
  • Fourth point: No more stressful lunch-time or evening swims, when you have less than an hour to get everything done. If you can add an arvo/evening swim, great. But there’s no pressure.
  • Fifth point: Though the pool is far from empty, the majority of people swimming between 6am and 7am seem to be actual swimmers wanting to do laps. Bliss. This means: No people breast-stroking to keep their hair dry and criss-crossing the pool whilst complaining about you splashing.  Not to mention other stuff. Hope it stays this way.

In terms of actual swimming, I did a straight 2k in 34:47, had a quick drink of water and then did another 1k in 18:22. Not sure why the last kilometre was so terribly slow, but hey. Added some easy drills (kick/back/pull) and a few laps of breast stroke to cool down. All up I was in the water for only 53 minutes and totalled 3.4k. Pretty happy with that.

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