20 Thoughts You Have While Swimming a 20000

By Caitlin Daday, Swimming World College Intern

Yes, you read that correctly–a 20,000. Fondly referred to as “800 laps of aquatic enjoyment,” the 20,000 race is an annual tradition at Villanova each October. The aerobic benefits are fantastic, but no matter how many times you do it, 20,000 yards is still a lot. It is four hours of non-stop swimming starting at 5 a.m. Even for those who do long swims often, four hours is a long time to go back and forth, staring at a black line without any social interaction.

Since everyone I know asks what I think about while I swim for that long, here are 20 thoughts that you are almost guaranteed to have while swimming a 20,000, or any other swim that is outrageously long:


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