Goal completed!

I use Runkeeper since many years by now, and the past two (or three?) years I’ve set year long goals for walking, biking and swimming. Last year was the first time I actually managed to reach all my goals, but this year, I teamed up with my daughter on setting shorter goals, for three months in a row. If nothing else to stop me from coming to the last month of the year and having 90% of the swimming goal left to meet.

So on January 1st I set goals to swim 4 km, bike 300 km and walk 250 km by March 31st.  My daughter also set goals for the same type of activities, and the same time period, but personalized goals suiting her.

TGoal runkeeperoday I reached the first goal, as I’ve been crawling one kilometer each day for the past three days, while staying at a hotel with a wonderful 20 m pool in the basement. I’ve been in Germany for work, and as luck has it, the hotel we live in is a fancy one, so…. I’ve made the most of it, and today clocked in at 4,5 km total (as I had already a 1,5 km swim logged since earlier this year).

So now I have to set a new swimming goal for myself. Am thinking of upping the ante a bit, not because I must, or feel I need to, but because I really really enjoy swimming, and having this goal makes me get out of the house and go to a pool to swim. So it does work as a sort of a trigger. But be not mistaken, I am doing this for me, because I enjoy swimming.

What do you enjoy doing, that you sometimes don’t take the time, or effort, to ensure that you actually do?

This blog post, number 5 of 100, is a part of the #blogg100 challenge currently running in Sweden

Crawl

My daughter Alma taught me to crawl a few summers ago. I’ve always lived being in (and mostly under) water, but just never got the hang of the breathing part of crawling. Hence I managed one maybe two breaths before I sort of drowned.

But then Alma taught me and since then I’ve been practicing more and more. I remember in the beginning when I first swam in a 50 meter long indoor pool. That was a stretch, just managing even one length of that was almost more than I could manage. Because while I no longer ‘drowned’ my breathing and crawling technique was far from perfect and I got so tired so quickly.

But I persevered. Did 25 me a h of breast stroke x 2, back stroke, crawl. Repeat x 10. Then slowly the percentage of crawl increased and since at least 2 years I’ve been able to do a full kilometer of crawl. It’s great because I avoid the crick in my neck that breast stroke give me.

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Just did one km at Segevångsbadet in Malmö, a nice slow swim to get some relief from the almost tropical heat of southern Sweden. All the while my son and his best friend were having fun jumping in the pool. Summer at its best!

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