Why? I'll share a personal swimming milestone with you.This week, I passed the 10,000,000 yard mark for yards swum this decade (2000-2009). (9,144 kilometers, or approx. 5,700 miles.)
This started with an innocent remark that a teammate (Jim Merchant) made to me in January, 2000. He said: "I've had a couple of million-plus yard years." I thought, "That would be a fun goal." I ended 2000 with 1,177,000 yards.
All-told, I've had six million-plus yards years this decade: 2000-2003, and 2008-2009. The most yards was 2008 with 1.2 million. The biggest month was 142,000 yards (as part of a Max-Yards February).
The competitive highpoint was participating at the 2006 FINA World Swimming Championships.
Keeping track of yards has its upside and downside. The positive is that it kept me in the water a "little bit longer" per workout. For example, if I had done 3,300, I'd probably keep going until I got to 3,500 because it's easier to keep track of units of "500" and "000."
The negative, as many of you are probably thinking, is that it gets to be a little obsessive (but it's healthier than a lot of obsessions). I plan to stop keeping track after December (next month).
Swimming: what a great life-long sport!