Thursday, August 16, 2012

A Different Kind of Marathon

Last year - I was all about the marathon.

The 42.2k marathon to be exact.

You know, the one that you complete by running?

Well, now I have a new kind of marathon bebopping around in my head.

The marathon swim.

For those of you who don't know - a marathon swim is a long distance swim but the distance varies. And, if you watched the Olympic marathon swim, you may have noticed that Canadians are apparently good marathon swimmers. We won the bronze for swimming 10k in under 2 hours.

I am more and more drawn to open water swimming and am more and more drawn to longer distances. But, like running, it should be done one step at a time. You don't go from 5k to 42.2k. You go from 5k to 10k to 21.1k to 30k to 42.2k.

Same idea with swimming I would guess.

I swim between 2-3k three times a week. So I'm guessing that 5k would be next...and then 10k?

Which, in swimming terms, is a marathon of sorts.

And, based on my current swim time, it would take me 4-5 hours. Kinda like my predicted running marathon time.

It's appealing to say the least.

1 comment:

  1. I was absolutely in awe watching the marathon swimmers at the Olympics! I think you should give it a try :) My only thought is that usually after 3km of swimming I find it hard to keep my mind busy. Maybe a waterproof music device would be needed. Hope you are having a good time off!