A month ago, I spotted this distance chart at my pool, and I decided to set a goal for myself: work up to swimming one mile.
And today, I did it! I am so proud of myself. I have never, ever swam a mile before – not even in a race.
I’m even prouder because I reached this goal a day shy of twenty two weeks pregnant. One day, when BabyHTP grows up to be famous triathlete who wins the Kona Ironman, I will tell him/her that it’s because I swam a mile while pregnant. Obviously.
By the way, how the heck am I in my 22nd week of pregnancy? I feel like I just announced and spilled all the details yesterday!
Can I also just say that it is so awesome to have a sport that I can not only still participate in while pregnant but actually IMPROVE at? Everything else – cycling, running – has fallen by the wayside. But swimming is still there for me! Another reason I love swimming so much.
The pool was set up as the long course (50 meters each way), which made it a lot easier to swim the mile. So much of swimming is mental. I get bored fast when the pool is set up as a short course.
I broke the distance up mentally and physically by allowing myself a 45-second break every 300 meters. In total, it took me 46 minutes. Certainly not fast by any means. But now I have a new goal to work on – swimming a faster mile!
A very yummy stir-fry that included:
Artichokes (canned, drained, and grilled on the wok)
Tempeh (grilled plain on the wok along with the artichokes)
Creamy balsamic dressing
Have you reached any significant fitness goals recently? Go ahead, brag about yourself.
Your lunch looks delicious! I was a competitive swimmer in high school, and really, swimming a mile is a huge accomplishment. Forty-five minutes is nothing to sneeze at either! Be proud. I am going to join our local YMCA so I have pool access again. I miss swimming so much. I love that even when it gives you a great workout, it also feels so magical and comforting. I love water.