I spent this summer training for my first sprint triathlon – 500 yard swim, 15.5 mile bike, 3.1 mile run. It was a good summer project that got me back into the routine of exercising daily, although pushed me over the edge sometimes – my summer was pretty packed as is. However, a few weeks ago (July 24, 2012, to be exact) I realized that race day was coming up, and I would no longer have a workout goal, or project. Swimming has always been my strongest sport (and perhaps my first love), but I do enjoy running. I had already decided I would do a triathlon again next summer, but I didn’t really want to spend my winter biking indoors. And really, I’ve always wanted to join a master’s swim team. So what was I to do?
Then I had a brilliant idea – 1,000,000 yards swam by the time I’m 30. Really, focusing on swimming made the most sense, especially knowing I would be joining a master’s swim team eventually. Plus, it helps with my running. So I did the math; on July 24, 2012, I would have 3 years, 8 months, 2 days OR 194 weeks OR 1,361 days until I turned 30. Your choice on how you want to look at it. But what it really came out to was how many miles I would have to swim each week. 1,000,000 yards comes out to 568 miles, or 2.92 miles each week. So in the end, not much different than I’m doing now.
So what does my brain do?
PSH let’s swim 2,000,000 yards.
Which comes out to a total of 1,137 miles, or 5.86 miles of swimming per week.
A little more challenging.
So I spent a little more time thinking about it, and I’m committed to it now, for several reasons.
- Considering I am already training for a triathlon, this is a new, long-term goal, to keep me working out for the next three and a half years. I feel like people often “run out of time” and I don’t want that. The benefits and happiness I get from a daily workout are not worth giving up.
- It’ll keep me out of school. I’ve talked to people about possibly pursuing an MSW or a PhD, and I need to just BE. I need to live a normal life and enjoy just working and not being in school. If I decide to pursue another degree, I want to be ready for it. Which means not diving back in to another program, and really figuring out what it is I want out of life.
- I want this to be something bigger than just about myself and my journey. While everyone and their mom has a blog now, I want it to be beneficial – whatever that looks like. I want it to be about the experience and the challenge that comes with working full-time, exercising, eating right, being on a budget, and having a social life. So – something everyone struggles with. I want to highlight how enjoyable it can be and how incredibly frustrating it can be.
So, on we go with blogging. I’m not sure how this will turn out, or how this will become something bigger, but I am excited and motivated at the prospects. I look forward to comments, questions, suggestions, and encouragement – the more interaction, the more community, the better!