In 2009 I logged a total of 319 miles swimming.
In 2010 I logged a total of 758 miles swimming.
That's an increase of 237%. I may not be 237% faster, but I believe my stroke has improved and my swimming endurance. This morning's swim I really focused on a long stretch out front (without overextending my hand towards the midline), and pulling straight back with no S curve. My stroke has gotten better.
My goal for 2011 is 1000 miles total (pool + OW). That is definitely achievable. That's only and increase of 25% over 2010. Considering the drastic increase in 2009 I hope 1000 miles isn't undershooting. But I also don't want to get burned out. I have a big swim in August 2012!
Today's swim was:
13 x 1000 yards free on 15:00
13,000 yards total
I had extra rest between a couple of sets for a quick bathroom break, but I did get the whole thing done in 3.5 hours. I was aiming for 23,000 and that would have given me 150 miles for the month of December, but I hit a major wall at 12,000 and my stroke technique was starting to suffer so I called it good at the end of the 13th set and decided against continuing. I already had a monthly PR at that point anyway. For December I have logged 145 miles. That kills November's 100 mile total which was my PR before this month. Awesome.
I got the ball rolling a little on the GSL swim. I contacted a friend about the possibility of making a documentary of the swim. We'll see.
Happy New Years!