5000 yard Challenge

Every Saturday at 7:30 AM (well, sometimes more like 7:40 AM) I reluctantly lower myself into the cold Dedham Community Pool (think of me some morning while you’re still cozy in bed).  This is my weekly coached swim workout, and if I’m being honest, it’s the only time I really push myself in the pool…which is why I go.  Kim has been our coach for the past year or so and she is always keeping it interesting.   This Saturday will be particularly interesting as she has challenged us to do a 5000 yard workout.  For those of you who don’t swim, 5000 yards is 200 lengths of the pool or 100 laps (a lap being down and back).  It also happens to be about 2000 more yards than we typically swim on a Saturday…in fact the last time I swam 5000 yards I was probably in high school.  Oddly, I’m finding myself excited about this challenge, although admittedly the promise of a special “5000 yards Before Coffee” t-shirt has something to do with it (and the fact that I already have a drawer full of race t-shirts makes the whole thing ridiculous). 

So today I am challenging you…not to do a 5000 yard swim (unless you want to, of course) but to come up with some kind of exercise-related challenge for yourself.  What can you do that is more than you usually do?  What would it take to make you feel you had really done something “above and beyond” what you normally do?  Come up with something, post it here, and then DO IT (and report back).  “Join” me on Saturday morning (I will be in the pool by 7, which really means 7:10) or whenever you can find time over the next week to complete your challenge.  I’ll bet you will feel great when you’re done!

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About Lisa Van Dore

I have lived in Sherborn, Dover and most recently North Walpole, for a total of 15 years (and counting). Having recently been through the process of selling a home and buying (and renovating) a new one, I understand the conflicting emotions of excitement and anxiety inherent in the process, whether you are a seller or buyer, whether this is your first home purchase or your tenth. I have a BA from the University of Michigan and an MBA from Indiana University. My early career found me working as a CPA, and later as the controller of Crate & Barrel. More recently I spent seven years running my own personal training business. I understand the hard work and dedication necessary to build a business and a reputation...most of my personal training clients came to me by referral and my first client was still with me when I decided to leave personal training. This speaks to the level of effort I put forth for my clients, week after week. On a more personal note, I raced triathlon for seven years and more recently completed my first half marathon. In my free time I enjoy cooking, reading, Maine, hiking and, in the fall, following college football...my teams are the University of Michigan (Go Blue!) and Texas Christian University (Go Frogs!).
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One Response to 5000 yard Challenge

  1. Kim says:

    This is my first blog! I have never read one so, obviously never responded to one either! I am excited to see you challenge yourself tomorrow in the pool! You all inspire me. One of the hardest things I have ever done physically is to go on that very long bike ride with you guys to help Margaret out (where did all those pics ever end up?). I now am promising myself to once again join you guys for a Sat. bike ride (after swimming)! I love biking and am sorry I let it slip away! SO, thanks for staring this blog! I look forward to checking in every now and then! Kim (that swim coach)

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