So – yesterday’s post was pretty downbeat, and I’d be lying if I said that this morning I bounced out of bed like a happy puppy wagging my tail.
Sitting in bed feeling sorry for oneself did no-one any good in the history of ever mind you – and it will probably come as little surprise to anyone reading that I find it pretty difficult to do this at the best of times.
I’ve been hitting the swimming pool pretty regularly in the mornings, despite my butt strain (it’s still a thing annoyingly) and I’m slowly improving my fitness and stamina.
For those who didn’t see my original post when I first plucked up the courage to go swimming (link) I wasn’t that quick to begin with.
Although I didn’t feel I had a problem with general stamina at the time, I simply didn’t trust my arms to get me from one end of the pool to the other without failing half way.
I needed to pause between lengths for them to recover and at the time they really needed it.
I’m pretty a pretty determined guy at times though – and two factors (in this case) motivated me to stick at it.
Firstly – getting my money’s worth.
I’ve so far used my ‘pay up front’ subscription on 12 out of the available 14 days that I could have in November.
This means (bearing in mind it normally costs £4.70 per swim) that my new favourite activity has been coming in at a frugal 83p a day!
Consequently I not only feel like I’m getting my money’s worth but I now also have renewed confidence that my sphincter is unlikely to allow liquid ingress whilst it’s submerged.
Secondly – I need to demonstrate to myself that I’m continually improving with my stats.
Apple Watch is a powerful motivator – and I’m so glad that recently I replaced my original model with one that’s capable of tracking swimming workouts.
It was the added motivation to justify the cost of this (which I really struggled to do at the time) that eventually helped to wedge me into a pair of speedos.
Today this wonderfully pushy little companion tells me that I almost cracked the 18 minute barrier for 20 lengths.
I can now continuously swim a kilometre and a half without stopping.
This means that I am now capable of swimming almost THREE TIMES THE DISTANCE that I could originally do in almost the same time frame.
Whereas 500m could be completed in 51.06 two and a half weeks ago, 1500m is now do-able in 54.37.
To see this kind of tangible progress is really positive – and I couldn’t be happier with how things are progressing.
It’s not just numbers either.
Even though I started swimming half way through November it’s had a noticeable impact on my monthly active calorie burn.
(This is the figure that I burn through exercise over and above the normal 2500 kcal a man theoretically expends during a day)
Never in my life have I ever been able to swim this far or for so long.
Honestly I could have carried on – but by this time the pool had started to fill up with children and slow movers.
Instead I decided to float in the corner for a while and contemplate what to do with the rest of the day.
The weather is overcast and glum but I’m of the opinion that I need to consciously do something to lift my spirits.
I’m not really sure what that is yet…
We shall see internet!