december swim

I apologize in advance for the extreme wonkiness of this post.

I swam a little over eighty miles in 2006. I don’t have much of an idea of whether this is excellent or somewhat paltry. I do know that it’s the first year since college that I’ve had a regular exercise regimen all year, and I liked it. This is an annotated chart of my Excel spreadsheet of my routine. Eighteen laps is about a half mile, thirty-six is a mile. I did a mile at one time twice in 2006. My goal for 2007 is to swim the “length of Lake Champlain” which is about 110 miles. If I get super ambitious, I’ll make some sort of progressive graphical lake chart. Probably I’ll just do this at the end of 2007.

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What do you think?


  1. What does the red line represent?

  2. I think the red line is some sort of average, either a seven day average or a “last seven swims” average. I’m going to change it up a little for 2007.

  3. Back when I went to camp and swam all the time, I usually averaged about 10 miles a summer, which is to say 7 weeks. I think one summer I got over 15, maybe even close to 20, but I can’t remember, and my records are long-buried. Anyway, I’d say 80 miles in a year is pretty excellent. Best of luck with this next year’s swimming! If they ever reopen the pool here, I may get back to it myself.