Confirming Sunday, August 25.
Let’s start with the easy part – brunch at our house at 11:30. 739 Durshire Way Sunnyvale 94087. None-swimming spouses are more than welcome. Which leads me to the hard part.
I think its time to take a closer look at our distance-swimming options. 5600 yards is 3 miles, but then that’s always been the case. My point is that its a long way to swim, all the more so when one gets back to the starting point 112 times. For years we have been avoiding the reality of swimming upstream against our age, perhaps its time to change the way we determine the distance.
If you think about it 56 is almost 1+2+3+4+5+6+7+8+9+10, which is very elegant but only adds up to 55, so what do we do about the 1 we’re missing? I could propose that we should be allowed to subtract that sum of the ages of our grandchildren, but the benefits would be negligible – at least for now. If my children procreate like their parents this could mean not having to swim at all by the time I’m 70, but that’s a bit far out.
Let’s take a closer look at the facts. I was born on 7/28/57 which doesn’t look like there’s anything significant about it, but if we subtract the leftover 1 from the sum above we get 7/28/56. Now we have a beautiful series which looks better in reverse:56, 28, 7 and the series of ratios looks even more promising 1, 2, 4 – 28 is half of 56 and 7 is a quarter of 28.Such mathematical beauty must exist for a reason and should be celebrated accordingly. I therefor use the power of the revelation vested in me to grant anyone of you who will volunteer to swim either 2800 yards or 700 yards – the right to do so. If we’ll have eight people swimming 700 yards we’ll be able to start the workout at 11:00 AM and still make it to brunch.
Since this is quite a lot disruption to take in on such short notice, I guess we’ll meet at 8:30 and discuss what we would like to swim. I’ll try to think of something that goes all the way up to 5600 yards, but it would be great to take suggestions from those of you who are much more creative with workouts than I am. If you prepare the workout in advance I could even print it… Yes Caroline or Sue or Sheryl or Brian or…, I’m talking to you 🙂
See you Sunday,
Well, I told Brian last Sunday that I was going to spend the entire week building up my mental resolve to swim 5600, and you place dynamite under my mental wall of determination. Sounds good. Greg
We’re all Masters level swimmers, and “Masters swimming” is Latin for “I can do what I want”, which is pretty much what we have been doing for a while, although the numerical analysis justification for doing what you want does look impressive. That said, meals taste a little better, and afternoon naps feel a little sweeter, if you feel like you’ve really earned them. I’ve done some distance swimming recently, and will probably go for enhancing my after swim treats (food and nap) with a good long swim.
The dynamite hasn’t gone off yet, Greg.
Wow, what analyses!
Greg and Caroline: tick…tick…tick… reminds me of “The Hurt Locker”.
I like Izzy’s “Forever 39” concept. In fact, if we take it a step further, back to the nostalgic 60’s, where “you can’t trust anyone over 30” – then maybe it can be modified to “Forever 29”. In that case, the starting point would be your suggested 2800, and we add the afrementioned “missing 1” to get to 2900. With the second option being 700-100 or 600. Actually, “500” is a rounder number, and closely aligns with a typical warm-up set, so maybe the second option is to do a 500 w-u and get out before sustaining an injury from a Zen Mile or some similarly hazardous set.
Darn it, it looks like I’m going to have to skip your brunch. Saw it coming a couple days ago. I’ll make it to the swim portion, however. Thanks for the invite. But your brunch is always the culinary highlight of my year, so it’s a major disappointment!
Enough of this foolishness. I insist that the group uphold it’s integrity
and do the full yards, if only for this once.
By the way, I won’t be making it to the swim, as my hand is in a bandage.
I knew you guys would understand,
Pretty inspiring words from John! …hey, wait a minute…
Ok, got another idea…swim for 56 minutes. No more trying to link years of age to yards, meters, Zen Miles, etc. Just #years=minutes in the water. And the intervals should be easier to figure-out! We might even be able to hold this paradigm until we’re 80, unless it becomes too hard to remember what time we got in.
It might be good for my credibility. A few times I got ” what did you do last weekend” from the 20 somethings at work… and I tell them… and I’m sure they think I’m lying or can’t count or I’m at the age that older people go a little batty or something. Actually, I suppose I could always have said “we swam 700 yards” and they would believe me then, but I didn’t think- but now I’m better. 🙂
I feel like I swam 5600 yards just reading all the emails about this; made me laugh; I have to say I am inclined towards Caroline’s response 🙂 food and nap go better with doing the whole work out and Galia’s food is so good- we have to exercise a lot to balance the amount of it we want to eat 🙂