I find setting myself swimming targets to be very important, when it comes to both keeping myself engaged and (therefore) hopefully keeping myself constantly improving. I am forever setting myself little challenges.
But that's not just at the pool but in general. It would seem that I really quite enjoy setting myself challenges? Whether it be something relativity small like completing a sticker book or something on a slightly larger scale like attempting to collect souvenir mugs from 80 different places around the world.
My latest pool based challenge is to swim a mile (64 lengths of a 25m pool) in 24 minutes. It's a fairly big ask! One which will require me to maintain my current 16 length pace - 16 lengths in 5min59sec (with a pull buoy) - for the full 64 lengths, well either that or start doing 16 lengths a hell of a lot quicker and allow myself to gradually slow down into a more comfortable pace. Either way it will be difficult.
Is it a
To give you an idea of how achievable/unachievable it is: I did a mile on Sunday - when I was very tired, but it was a pretty good indicator - and timed myself at: 25 minutes 35.55 seconds. So not exactly a million miles away but also not that close either. I somehow need to try and shave off over 1 and a half minutes. So a second and a half a length which is quite an ask!
However, considering that I wouldn't exactly describe myself as being in particularly good shape at the moment (in fact I feel a bit fat) and taking into account that I am currently attempting to swim 10miles a week with pretty good success (I have managed this several times in recent weeks and swam 9 miles last week, which was close if no cigar). Then although there is plenty of room for improvement within my swimming (times and technique), I can genuinely see that improvement being made.
So wish me luck.