Like there is a marathon for running, there is a swimathon for swimming. There are many variations to it – swimming long distances or swimming most laps in a given time.
Doesn’t matter what you choose, it is a difficult path. Not many people participate and out of all the people – many will only do 1 swimathon in their lifetime.
So now there is a question, what should you do?
It depends, as in how much you want to go far. For most of the people being able to swim 10 laps everyday is a good thing. This will give them a leisure activity to do multiple times in lifetime, an exercise to look forward and something to be proud of.
For select few, they want the thrill and excitement of doing something only few percentages of people had did. And for them swimathon makes sense.
Go For It
If you are shameless then opt for a swimathon and try to compete in it. Of course you will fail by a long margin. The idea is to embrace the failure because after long practice you are bound to fail in such tough competitions.
Also by going for it, you will gauge our ability to do the stuff. Likewise you can plan for a training schedule.
But remember it is tough thing to compete and it is a long haul filled with injuries and multiple failures. With almost little chance of success.
So do this knowing all the variables involved and you will be good to go. You are the only person who can decide if swimathon is for you or not.
Like I said, you don’t have to do this. Many people see Olympic athletes and dream of doing the same thing.
Yes, it is good to get motivated but think of growth as an incremental thing. Aim for doing 20 laps then 30 and so on. Dreaming of marathon helps only if you are willing to give your best and your body is in good condition. Else, it fails quickly and the pain is huge.
For me, as of now being able to swim daily is a boon. And I am happy with that.
Maybe one day I will prep for swimathon not for competitive thing. Just for fun with friends. I will give my best – if something good comes out of it then fine.
It not, I am still good. So go for it and decide for yourself. Either way, keep swimming.