A few weeks ago, I spotted this sign at the pool:
My new goal is to make my weekly ‘long swim’ a mile. Currently, I swim 1/2 a mile or a little further twice a week, so I think a mile is a reasonable goal.
Although I definitely need to increase my physical stamina, swimming a mile is more of a mental challenge for me. That’s a LONG time in the pool (I know some of you regularly swim 3,000 meters as your short swims, but to me – a mile is faaaaar!). So today, I drew on my running experience and used a fun little trick to work my way up to 3/4 mile.
Here’s what I did: Normally, I swim 40 lengths and think of 20 lengths as my ‘halfway’ point. So working up to 54 lengths seems really hard, just like going from running 3.0 miles to 5.0 – your old halfway point is just getting started! Today, I decided to view the workout in much smaller 10 length chunks, giving myself permission to rest at the end of every chunk. I never felt overwhelmed and ‘so far away’ from my goal. The workout fleeeew by – even though my arms were sore from the end!
Snack was pumpkin seeds and OJ. I recently tested low in iron (pretty common in pregnancy, especially for vegetarians) so I’m trying to eat more iron-rich foods – like pumpkin seeds – in conjunction with orange juice, as the Vitamin C helps your body absorb the iron, according to my doc.
And lunch included a big salad with homemade nachos. Mmm.
What mind tricks do you use to make increasing distance in any sport a bit easier?
I know when I’m running I play the “I’m going to run to x” and then pick something new when I get there!