One of my favorite programs for USMS members is Go the Distance. The concept is really easy, how far can you go? It doesn’t matter how fast you do it or what type of pool you swim in, actually you don’t even need to swim in a pool… as long as you’re in water and moving forward you’re good to go. Like other USMS events it’s broken down by age group, but unlike other events it’s free.
In the summer of 2009 GTD started offering an online fitness log, or FLOG, for you to track your workouts. I really like this feature because it lets me update it from wherever I happen to be at the moment. You can access the FLOG feature via MyUSMS and you can check out this old post of mine that shows you how to log a workout.
Last year I swam just short of 220 miles, I was aiming for 250 but life has a tendency of getting in the way of the pool sometimes. In 2010 I want to go 365 miles. It’s just a mile a day, easy right?
If you haven’t tried Go The Distance before I really recommend it… it’s very easy to use and you’ll get hooked on tracking your progress through the year. Even though monthly results are published it’s not competitive, it’s all about challenging and motivating yourself.