If there’s anything that is clear to me about 2018 it’s that there are often huge opportunities that result from setbacks.
When this year started, I knew something was wrong. Doctor after doctor told me to shake it off or assigned physical therapy (which I’m a huge believer in), but I knew that there was something bigger happening. In March it was finally identified that I had a stress fracture in my right knee that had been trying to heal since November. Eight weeks of no running felt like a huge blow to the year I had planned, until I realized it was also the perfect opportunity to put a huge focus on swimming!
2018 Swim Stats
|Total Distance||270,318.4 yds|
|Average Distance||1.69 mi|
|Total Activity Time||63:44:40 h:m:s|
|Avg Time||42:02 h:m:s|
|Total Elev Gain||3 ft|
|Average Speed||2.4 mph|
|Average Pace||25:18 min/mi|
2017 Swim Stats
|Total Distance||72,667.2 yds|
|Average Distance||1.45 mi|
|Total Activity Time||19:44:19 h:m:s|
|Avg Time||42:18 h:m:s|
|Total Elev Gain||—|
|Average Speed||2.1 mph|
|Average Pace||28:39 min/mi|
There is no doubt that going from 28 swims to 91 swims will improve overall swim ability but a raw focus on drilling and structure were huge pieces of what made such a drastic improvement in my water speed. My form is not perfect but small improvements were continued focus for me and they paid off! I’m quite nearly at what I consider a maximum speed for my swim and in 2019 I hope to improve my efficiency, endurance and race sighting.
Here are some of my favorite moments from 2018 swims: