I’m pretty proud of myself. I did a “duathlon” this morning.

I woke up and went to the gym first thing! I started by walking on the treadmill for 30 minutes. I had planned on reading for school, but the book I wanted to read wasn’t on my iPad. I ended up listening to an audio version of a play instead.

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After my walk on the treadmill, I went and swam laps!!! I’m still a bit in disbelief that since my swim lessons ended I’ve gone to the pool and swam laps twice on my own. I went on Saturday and swam for 45 minutes and today I went for 35 minutes. I’m definitely much more comfortable in the pool and my endurance is building, but my freestyle still sucks.

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When I got home I did some research on triathlon swim distances. I wanted to figure out how many yards I need to be comfortable swimming for a tri.

The pool at the leach is 25 yards, so here is a chart I found online:

1 length = 25 yards (from wall to wall)

2 lengths = 50 yards

4 lengths = 100 yds

¼ mile = about 500 yards = 20 lengths

½ mile = about 800 yards = 32 lengths

1 mile = about 1700 yards = 68 lengths

1.2 miles = about 2000 yards = 80 lengths

2.4 miles = about 4000 yards = 160 lengths

The three triathlons that I’m looking at are:

  • Escape from Ft. Desoto // April – Swim .5 miles (800 yards), Bike 10 miles, Run 3.4 miles
  • Top Gun Triathlon // July – Swim 440 yards, Bike 10 miles, Run 3.1 miles
  • Lycra & Lace Women’s Triathlon at Ft. Desoto // October – Swim .25 miles (500 yards) / Bike 10 miles / Run 3.1 miles



I think I should be comfortable swimming 1000-1200 yards before I do a triathlon, which would be a bit more than the Escape from Ft. Desoto tri and at least twice the distance of the other two races. Now I just need to figure out how to keep track of my laps as I swim. Ha.





Anyway, later in the day I took Sirius for a walk and met my 10,000 step goal for the day!

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Workout-wise it was a very productive day! Work wise… it was a bit eh. As Anne of Green Gables says, tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it.

Goodnight all!

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