Does it count if I did it sidestroke?
I know, I know. I should be using the YMCA 8-week triathlon to work on my freestyle stroke in the event I get around to doing a triathlon this year. But I really needed a boost in my swimming stats, it was really appealing to attempt a nonstop mile, and there was NO WAY that could happen freestyle.
Not surprisingly, this took forever and a day. A little over an hour, though I’m not sure exactly how much ‘cause I hadn’t noted the time very specifically at the start.
On the plus side: It turns out that I can swim a mile at about the same pace I swim a quarter-mile. That counts for something, doesn’t it?
Also on the plus side: It turns out that sidestroke actually burns more calories per hour than freestyle swimming at a leisurely-to-moderate pace*. Who knew?
Anyway, so now I’m finally up to 1.5 swimming miles in the Y-tri, with 114 miles cycling. I got the running miles – 52 – a week or two ago, so now I need another 100 miles or so of cycling and another 3-4 miles of swimming, I can’t remember for sure right now. But clearly some more long swims lie in my future.
*According to myfitnesspal.com, swimming sidestroke for an hour burns 526 calories, while swimming laps in a slow/moderate freestyle burns 460 calories. Not surprisingly a vigorous freestyle stroke burns more — 658 calories. (Results vary according to the weight you plug into the calculator.)