I had just been complaining about my endurance while swimming. I had been struggling on the 0 to 1 mile program, and had been stuck on week 3 for 3 weeks (which I kept making excuses as to why, sick, tired, etc). After the softball game today, I wanted to go try Week 3 again at the YMCA. When I got in the pool, I felt good. I started swimming, and felt good on the first 100. Started the second 100, and felt ok. The next 100 was HARD. My arms were tired, but my breathing was good. I told myself, I was going to do the Week 3 program today (which is 1×400, 1×200, 4×100, 4×50). As I started the last 100, I started feeling good in my arms again. Well, instead of stopping at 400 yards, I decided to see just how far I could. I kept going, and going. My first goal was 600, then 800, then 1000. Once I passed 1000, I told myself I wasn’t stopping until I got to at least 1650 (1 mile).
When I got to the wall at 1650, I felt good. My arms weren’t tired. I wasn’t out of breath. It was a great feeling. Now I know what it takes.