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Sunday, April 24, 2011

I was swimming a mile every night.

So I'm out of the desert. I said goodbye to the "middle-of-nowhere" yesterday and at some point last week I FINALLY went out and measured the pool to see how long it was so that I could FINALLY know exactly what distance I had been swimming all these months.

The pool was 18 meters long. Most pools are 25 meters long so I was right when I felt this pool to be a little short.

However since my "laps" consisted in back-and-forths, I was actually swimming 36 meters/lap in my definition.

So (taking out a calculator to make sure I'm doing this right) in my calculations swimming 50 'back-and-forth' laps = 1800 meters.

1 mile= 1609 meters. I was swimming 1800 meters a night. I was swimming over a mile every night.

Wow. Who knew?

And once I knew that I calculated how much 100 laps were:

100 'back-and-forth' laps= 2.23 miles

I admit I was flabbergasted. I had to run the numbers a few times to make sure I hadn't made a mistake. I mean I knew that in a regular 25 meter pool a mile was around 32 laps but it somehow didn't dawn on me that I was swimming that much.

I just hoped I would be getting close to one mile.

A-mazing. I just think it's funny that I didn't find out how much I'd been swimming until I stopped swimming. LOL.

The thing is the entire time I was swimming I kept telling myself that I wanted to condition myself enough so that I could swim a mile at Swim-a-Mile and be like all the people I so highly admired and respected for swimming "for so long! That must be soo hard!" I was swimming hoping to get close to what those people could do. It delights me and fascinates me to find out that not only had I already reached the one mile mark, but I had surpassed it easily and with good timing.

I can't help but be amazed that I had unknowingly accomplished something I had thought sooo faaaar aaaway.(pauses to think) I can now cross it out of my Bucket List!!

I needed to share my excitement. Thank you for all your support. I couldn't have done it without you.

Happy Easter!



Kate said...

Happy Easter Elina and congrats! That is an amazing accomplishment! ^^

midlife_swimmer said...

Yay for accurate measurements. Swimming a mile is a big deal.