Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Some interesting stats...

Today's workout I wrote up early this morning and was in the water at 5:15am:

1000 free easy
600 - 6 x 100's odd one arm drill, even catch-up, fingertip drag drill
1000 - 5 x 200 IM's on 3:30
1200 - 4 x 300's free on 4:20
1200 - 3 x 400's free on 5:30
1000 - 2 x 500's free with tempo trainer on 7:00
600 - 1 x 600 free

Then do the whole workout backwards.

12,400 yards total (7 miles)

After this workout, I am now:

  • 250 miles swam since January
  • 1 Million yards since the start of the virtual open water swim in October 2010
But something quite sobering and humbling that I learned is that to become an expert in something it is generally thought that you need to practice doing your thing for 10,000 hours.  That is a LONG TIME!  Based on my total yardage and the time it takes me to swim in one hour, I'm only 1/10th of hitting the 10,000 hour point.  If I keep swimming at the rate that I am now, I should be able to hit the 10,000 hour mark just before I turn 55 in May of 2027!  So that really puts things in perspective and to not get a big head.  I'm still a newbie!  

I figure 10,000 hours of swimming equals 35 milllion yards.  To put that into perspective, the entire circumference of the equater is 43.82 million yards.  I would have to swim at this same rate until I turn 60 to be able to hit that distance!  I would love to know how far Terry Laughlin has swam in his lifetime.  That guy thinks he has all the answers and that's what's most annoying about TI.  Like it's gospel.  One thing that changes with many fields, including swimming is that about every decade someone comes up with a much more efficient and better way.  
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