Well, today was the day for me to complete my first USMS (United States Masters Swimming) “1 Hour Postal” swim. This swim required me to swim as far as I could in 1 hour. The “postal” refers to the fact the results are mailed (either via the USMS website or snail mail). This way, I can be compared to others my age across the nation. Pretty cool concept.
I went to my “swimming home” the West YMCA/Boise Aquatic Center with Allie and Kenzie, who had agreed to count laps and keep time for me. I lose count after a bit when I’m swimming non-stop in the pool. Trust me, it is EASY to do! The girls did a FANTASTIC job, and did just what I told them to do…just count my laps.
Unfortunately, I made a rookie mistake. It seems as though I need to report my split times per 500 yards. Opps, I didn’t tell the girls that needed to be done. One of the other timers on the pool deck told the girls what needed to be done, but after I had swum about 1,000 yards. I’ll check in with the Master’s director here, Jill Wright, and see what can be done. Worst case scenario: I need to do the swim again before the end of January 2011. I guess things could be worse!!
Overall, I felt pretty good throughout the swim. I was able to swim exactly 3,500 yards in 1 hour. That distance is 129 yards further than the last time I did a timed 1-hour swim. Hey, 129 yards might not seem like a whole lot, but every little bit helps! This is good as the faster I am, the less time I’ll be in the water during my English Channel 2013 attempt!
Until next time: Stay focused on your goals and do everything in your power to achieve them! (Oh, and make sure you know the rules/requirements when you are trying something new!!)