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Swim 10 000 metres in 4 hours

There are several goals on my 101 list that I knew I would have to practice a lot in order to complete. To be able to swim ten kilometres in four hours was one of those tasks. The stamina required was, I thought, on a completely different level than that which I possessed when I wrote the list.

Even though I have been swimming regularly for some time, I have never breached even five kilometres in one session. My first goal of swimming 3 000 metres in one hour was rather easy to accomplish, though I was rather exhausted afterwards. The second goal was to double the distance as well as the maximum time, hence to swim 6 000 metres in two hours. I did my first attempt today.

As the topic implies, I did much better than expected. I did not stop at 6 000 metres (which took slightly less than two hours), but continued towards the final goal of 10 000 metres. I felt in good shape and thought I would give it a try. I did not really know if I had enough stamina, but everything went fine up until 9 000 metres (which I managed just below three hours). Then it felt like all my strength was drained and that I would have to fuel my muscles with pure willpower to keep going the last kilometre.

I managed, but I needed an additional 40 % time to do it. I had to stop every 250 metres to rest for a minute. Actually, I was considering the possibility that my body would just shut down and not let me continue, regardless of what the rest of me thought about the matter. Fortunately, it did not and I was able to complete the ten kilometres in 3 hours and 22 minutes. I am very satisfied with (and proud of) this result, since I had neither planned nor practiced for it. It is by far the most physically demanding task I have ever performed.

Finally, here is a list of how I spent the most recent ten kilometres of my life:

500 front crawl
200 back stroke
50 breast stroke
500 front crawl
200 back stroke
50 breast stroke
1 minuter break (1500 m)

500 front crawl
200 back stroke
50 breast stroke
500 front crawl
200 back stroke
50 breast stroke
1 minuter break (3000 m, 54 minutes elapsed)

500 front crawl
100 breast stroke
200 front crawl
200 back stroke
100 breast stroke
100 front crawl
100 back stroke
50 breast stroke
100 front crawl
100 back stroke
50 breast stroke
100 front crawl
100 back stroke
50 breast stroke
100 front crawl
100 back stroke
50 breast stroke
1 minute break (5100 m)

100 breast stroke
500 front crawl
100 breast stroke
500 backstroke
100 breast strake
500 front crawl
1 minute break (6900 m)

100 front crawl
100 back stroke
50 breast stroke
200 front crawl
200 back stroke
50 breast stroke
100 front crawl
100 back stroke
50 breast stroke
200 front crawl
200 back stroke
50 breast stroke
100 front crawl
100 back stroke
50 breast stroke
200 front crawl
200 back stroke
50 breast stroke
1 minute break (9000 m, 178 minutes elapsed)

100 front crawl
100 back stroke
50 breast stroke
1 minute break (9250 m)

100 front crawl
100 back stroke
50 breast stroke
1 minute break (9500 m)

100 front crawl
100 back stroke
50 breast stroke
1 minute break (9750 m)

100 front crawl
100 back stroke
50 breast stroke
Finished (10000 m, 202 minutes elapsed)

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  1. ojhan’s avatar

    I’m proud of you.

    Reply