Well, nothing dramatic or anything, but I managed 1,250 meters in the allotted 30 minutes of swimming today. Only 50 meters extra, but progress nevertheless. The best part though, was that I really felt good all the way through the swim. I finished faster than I started, and I could have gone further if I needed to. Most likely, it is time to go a bit further.
Not that I have all that much experience with getting in shape, but I do know that in order to improve, you have to gradually make your training harder. It doesn’t matter if you are lifting weights, running or in this case, swimming. If you just keep doing what you have been doing, you will reach a certain level and just remain there. Your muscles and cardiovascular system only improve if they are pushed to do something that is a little bit out of your comfort zone.
So… I need another goal, and I think I have it. 1,250 meters in 30 minutes, means six minutes per 250 meters. Multiply that by eight, and you get 2,000 meters in 48 minutes. Considering that it will be difficult to keep that tempo all the way, I am going to try for 2,000 meters in 50 minutes. I will not be able to do it immediately, but it is a good goal to aim for. I will start out by doing 1,500 meters on Wednesday and take it from there.