My goal for this year is to swim 200 miles. In 2010, I was able to accumulate just over 137 miles, based on the tool that US Master Swimming has on their website that lets you enter swim yardages and time in the water. It also allows you to enter your workouts, so it is a really helpful record.
This year I set a goal a bit higher than my totals from last year in order to motivate myself to be more consistent about going to the pool. I use swimming not only to help keep the pounds off, but it is a real stress reliever and I start to get a bit agitated when I am not able to get into the water for an extended period of time.
As of today, I am just over the half-way mark with my 1.5 mile swim before lunch. 101 miles is not too shabby! I have been more diligent recently at working more intervals into my training as the Peaks to Portland event will take place in 3 weeks. I am still not feeling as comfortable during the 30 minute swims I have been doing once weekly since the beginning of June, and the higher-intensity repetitions with a target time and short rest is really getting my lungs into shape. At least I hope.
I am very thankful that I have a great pool to swim in just up the street from my home, and blessed with my wife and kids whom have been a great encouragement to my dive back into the swimming pool.