10 Thoughts You Have While Swimming the 1500/1650 Freestyle


10 Thoughts You Have While Swimming the 1500/1650 Freestyle

By Jake Renie, Swimming World College Intern

Whether you swim the mile in a club meet or at the Olympic Trials, there are several things that can run through your mind during the race. Below are 10 thoughts that race through our heads when swimming the longest pool event of the meet.

  1. At the Start– No worries, it’s only a mile… I swim a couple of those every practice! This’ll be easy.

  2. 50 Meters– Why are these people taking this out so fast?! We still have a long way to go…

  3. 350 Meters– OK, well, this isn’t too bad! I’m right on pace and I’m feeling fantastic!

  4. 650 Meters– Dang…my shoulders are killing me. I’m still on pace though! Easy stuff!

  5. 850 Meters– Oh gosh… I should not have eaten that for lunch…over halfway there.

  6. 1050 Meters– Wait a minute, was I ahead of this guy earlier?…Or is he lapping me??

  7. 1250 Meters– I need a distraction, I can’t feel my arms anymore…

  8. 1350 Meters– How far am I? I can’t see the counter. My goggles are all fogged up and I can’t see!

  9. 1450 Meters– Wait…is that a goldfish in my lane?…Wait! That’s the counter! I’m almost done!

  10. The Finish– Oh my gosh, I finished! A best time! Now I’m hungry. Someone replace my medal with a Gatorade!

What thoughts swim into your mind during the mile? Feel free to leave them in comments below!

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Sharon James
Sharon James
7 years ago

When can I get out and eat?!!

Cynthia Granata
7 years ago

Caitlin Jokubaitis

Josh Mouzer
7 years ago

Lisa Drake

Kathy Herr Davis
7 years ago

Swimming it I have lots of great thoughts….racing it is another story!

Jennifer Meyer Winters

Jason Winters

Lisanne van Giessen
7 years ago

Dit dacht ik tijdens de 800 vrij ongeveer ? Renske Den Dekker

Nick Evans
7 years ago

I used to swim this in a 50 m Lido at the end of the season Club championships, after 20 lengths your mind would wonder and think about Elvis songs, The thing is I can’t stand Elvis ?

Julie Sullivan
7 years ago

Carleigh Sullivan Reece Sullivan

Rachel Nevins
7 years ago

Hey Maria Schäler can you relate to any of these? Just thinking of the time you swam that mile.

Maria Schäler
7 years ago
Reply to  Rachel Nevins

Well hello Rachel Nevins, I did indeed swim a mile. But I didn’t really have any issues ?

Zach Burr
7 years ago

500 400 300 200 100 for long course or 500 400 300 200 100 3x50s sprint for short coarse is how I usually swam it descend negative split

Northbay Swimmer
Northbay Swimmer
7 years ago

Thank you for this post.

Charlotte Cat Simms
7 years ago

felt like this when i was swimming the swimathon lol

Ann Belew O'Brien
7 years ago

Not what I thought at all!

Tracy Evans
7 years ago

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Kalina Grace Emaus
7 years ago

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7 years ago

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7 years ago

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