One of the best things about using social media while training for a race is the ability to follow other athletes who are training for the same event. For me, this means the ability to follow people who are coaches, who have coaches, and who use training plans designed by people other than their inner toddler (I want to SWIM! No, I want to RUN! No, do BOTH! Hopscotch!). That’s been especially helpful when it comes to training for the Great Chesapeake Bay Bridge Swim, as I’ve gotten to follow smart, organized athletes like Donna at Beating Limitations, who introduced me to the challenge that will take me to the starting line of the race June 12: 50K in May.
The challenge literally calls for swimming 50,000 meters in the month of May. It’s a bit like 500 miles in April (see cyclist Katie’s stats), with less actual travel and more chlorine. It’s the perfect goal for me right now, because I can accomplish it with one 6,000-meter swim and two 3,000-meter swims per week. That’s my intent for this month, anyway, but we all know what happens when good intentions meet two-hour-long swims.
I kicked off my training yesterday, with a 3,000-meter swim consisting of a timed 2,000 that I forgot to time, followed by a mini-pyramid of 100, 200, 400, 200, 100 (do you see why it’s good to follow people with real training plans?).
Donna suggested the following sets for longer swims, which I intend to try later this week:
Swim sets… How about: 4 x 10 x 100 with a minute or two between the 10 x 100.
Pyramids: 100, 200, 400, 600, 800, 1000 — and then back down again to take it to 6
Join the insanity by Tweeting your swims with the #50kinMay tag this month!