In celebration, I did a set of 5000 meter practice with the following main set with a mix of snorkel, pull, swim, kick: 5x300, 5x200, 5x100
As I swam today, I began to make a list of the pluses and minuses of long course:
1. Plus, no turns!! Sweet! Less possibility of getting confused as to which side of the pool I'm on.
2. Minus, still run into walls? Because I swim with my eyes closed, some how I still manage to forget to turn at the wall until I'm too close.
3. Plus, able to set steady rhythm.
4. Minus, meters are longer than yards. To be exact, 1.0936133x longer. So that mean if I swim 100m, I swim 9 yards more; 500m, it is 46 yards more; 1000m, it is 93 yards more; 5000m, I swam 500 yards extra!!
5. Plus, more people can swim in the same lane! The probability of running into people is decreased dramatically. Although, with my skills at zig-zagging down the lane, my odds aren't reduced by much.
6. Minus, can't take a lane for myself. Especially when a swim team is practicing at the same time, only 3-4 lanes are open for rec swimming. Which means, I have to swim with old people.
7. Plus, summer is here! Or at this point, very near. Just several paper to write/revise, 2 finals, pack, and move to summer housing. No big, right? :P