It has been about two months since I have been swimming. I have kept it up pretty good since high school, and always feel like a new me every time I leave the pool. Swimming is seriously one of my favorite things to do. Often times people will ask me to run for a cause, 5k for breast cancer awareness, or 10k for mothers without borders...and I sadly have to decline. As some of you read in one of my previous posts, my body just hates running. I kept thinking that it was my way of rejecting running as a physical activity, and I thought, well...the reason why I hate it so much is because I am not giving it enough time, and I need to practice. Well, after having 'practiced' for two months, I have to say....my body hates running. My body, let's call her Bobby, reminds me how much it hates it before, during and after I do it. Maybe I should start listening to Bobby more.
Well, anywho....my friend asked me to fill in for her during the swimming portion of triathlon coming up on Saturday. I was super excited at the time, not realizing I needed to train before I actually got in the cold lake at 7 in the morning. So, with two weeks before the race, I started training. While training, I couldn't help but have this dreaded question...how many meters are in a mile? Having been a swimmer since I was 3 years old, I always calculated my distance in meters of a pool. I never thought about 'laps.' What is a lap anyway? Is it 50 meters, or 25? I thought it was 50 meters...and Olympic-size pool. Ah, well...another mystery I am sure I will solve once I google it. Last night while swimming I asked two fellow swimmers who told me that it was like 5,000 meters. DEATH! Can I do this? I know I can, and I will...how is that for a power statement.
The point of this story besides google being the best resource to answer such questions, is...if a friend asks you to fill in on a race two weeks before the race, do it....but don't be attached to a certain outcome! Listen to your Bobby, don't over do it...have fun! That is my advice. Wish me luck!
Oh, and the answer to the question is: There are 1,609.344 meters in a mile (1 mile = 1,609.344 meters)...THANK YOU WikiAnswer.com. That answer is SO much better than 5,000 meters.