Swim: 2,000 metres (1.24 miles)
Time: 65 minutes
I got to the pool early this week to give me plenty of time to get a mile in, and planned to round it up to 70 lengths, but soon realised that I could make 75 instead. But that would be 1875 metres, which is a bit of an odd number, and also swimming an odd number of lengths would leave me at the far end of the pool.
So I decided to just do as many as I could manage before 8pm and the time I'd be kicked out to make way for the ladies aqua aerobics (unlike Wantage - the Faringdon pool doesn't let the public swim at the same time as the class, and surely in a contravention to the Sex Discrimination Act 1975 doesn't allow blokes to take part). With 10 minutes to go, I'd reached 68 lengths... could I perhaps manage as many as 80 in time? That would be a very nice round number - two kilometres.
I sped up a fraction for the last few laps - and just made it in time. The last 25 metres was a bit hard, as they'd loosened the rope, and it was sticking out into the lane that I'd been swimming in. Nothing like dropping a hint that they didn't want me there! When I started swimming for exercise about 8 years ago, just swimming ten lengths was hard work. I never imagined I'd ever be able to swim 80 in one go...