A thousand yards is the benchmark for a running back in a single season.
A thousand yards is a very long stare.
A thousand yards is about as many as you can mow without sharpening your lawnmower blades.
A thousand yards is also a goal I didn't know that I had until this week.
It just didn't seem realistic. My first day swimming I did 350 and that included some kickboarding, some pretend backstroke, and some rest stops in the middle of the pool. I quickly got realistic and started adding on 100 yards per week after I got to 500.
This week was supposed to be my 900 yard week, a number I got to yesterday by tricking myself with oddly effective mind-games. Then today I realized that I wasn't tired at the end of the workout yesterday; why not just swim 4 more laps at the end?
So I did. It seemed pretty easy too and I can't think of a reason I couldn't do a whole lot more if I had time in the morning before work. If I can do 1000, why not 1200? Why not a mile?
Actually there are probably pretty good reasons to not push myself when I have a pace clock drill that I'm supposed to be doing. So, here's my new plan:
10 laps of warmup
10 sets of 50s on a 1:20 interval
10 laps of warmdown
I know I can't do all 10 sets of the intervals yet so I'll just do as many as I can; whatever amount I miss by I'll just add to my warmdown. And keep doing a 1000 yards for a while.