316,000m of swimming in a year!

A few days ago, I realised I have been back swimming for a full year. I started back in June 2021, and built up my swimming from about 2,000m each time I swam (2-3 times a week), up to 2,800m – 3,000m 3 times a week.

Since then I bought a wetsuit, tow float, socks and gloves, and cap … and a couple of new swimming costumes… a Garmin swim 2 watch, and various pairs of goggles. Then last month I treated myself to a thermal wetsuit to keep me even warmer when out swimming.

In the last full year up to 31st May I’ve swum 316,000m or just over 196 miles. I finished it off today with a good 2,900m session at Bellahouston.

I started swimming back at the Gorbals (7am sessions) through the week, and since about October I’ve moved to Bellahouston (630am sessions), with swims at Tollcross and the 50m pool on Sundays at 9am, or various open water swims (Loch Ness, Loch Lomond, Loch Venachar, Lochan Spling, Abies Loch Morlich, Loch Ard, Stonehaven, Pinkston and a few other places).

More totals… I was in the pool / water for about 105.5 hours or just under 4.5 days (about 1% of the year) … I burned around 52,000 calories … and the distance swum was the equivalent of about 12,000 lengths. avg HR 131

Above are my PBs… although I think I saw more than 3,100m on Sunday in Loch Ard (1:15 / 4km).

I celebrated the achievement with a new pair of goggles – a rather snazzy pair of Arena Python Racing mirrored goggles. They’re a bit darker than my usual ones, but fit really well.

Here’s to another year of swimming, coming up (and my upcoming go swim events in August and September

– 3,000m Loch Tay,

– 5,000m Loch Lomond,

– 3,000m Loch Morlich 👍🏻🏊‍♀️

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