So today I had to swim 40x100m with starting time 02:00 (so you swim 100 meters within 2 minutes, if you finish in 1 minute and 40 seconds you have 20 seconds rest and you do that 40 times).
I thought I’d warm myself up by swimming 500m easy and then to start 08:16:00 so it would be easy to keep track of the two minutes. The first few 100m I did under 01:30 but after a while you slow down. You get tired and it’s easier to actually swim that 4km when you’re going a bit slower.
So sometimes I would swim around 01:33 and other times I would swim around 01:37. But holy shit, it gets so boring and repetitive after a while. You sort of live up to 20x100m and then you’re like fuck: I’m only halfway..
Before that time I was actually considering to do 50x100m. Well I kinda gave up on that once I had reached 20. But anyway, I still have that stupid La La Land song in my head that’s been driving me crazy because I hear it constantly in my head so that doesn’t make swimming easier or more fun.
It does keep you busy I suppose, just like counting your lanes and looking at the clock to see how fast you go, to calculate whether you’ve actually counted the right amount of laps with the time you’ve started and to figure out how many minutes you still have to swim and how many minutes you’ve already swam.
You do come into some sort of trance. You really are just in the moment because you literally can’t do anything else than swim and count and look at the time.
But time is just so strange then: no matter how many laos you’ve swum, whether it’s 10 or 80 or 200, it doesn’t seem like you’ve swum for a long time or like you still have a lot to go. All you do is swim what you have to swim in that moment.
The past seems as far away as the future and you just keep swimming, just keep swimming, Dory style. You just start to have a lack of sense of time and you’re just there in the moment itself.
It’s quite meditative but you have to go through boredom first, you have to know that it’s just you and your thoughts and sometimes that drives you crazy but if you just keep going you’ll go through that and feel quite peaceful! : )
So I had reached 40x100m, I was completely exhausted, I had only eaten one sandwich and a banana, so I had no energy, and yet I thought: ah I’ll just do one more. After that one I thought: naah just one more and so on until I had finally done 50x100m!
I was quite pleased with myself that I had done 10 more and it also made sure I could swim 1km less the next training!
Afterwards I had a physical therapy session to loosen up my shoulder and neck because of the tension headaches and I must say that it immediately felt a lot looser so I was quite happy with that! The girl who helped me is so kind and our conversations flow quite easily so I’m quite happy to go back there Tuesday!
I am a nineteen-year-old girl from Baambrugge, a tiny village near Amsterdam, with big ambitions. I like to set big goals for myself, I like to explore my own boundaries and see if I can expand them.