February can be kind of brutal.
Every year US Masters Swimming holds a February Fitness Challenge where swimmers track how far they can swim during the month. A number of people on the team I coach participate, which means writing slightly longer workouts than usual. Results are released nationally so, in addition to personal records, participants can see where they fall within their age group. A general goal for many swimmers is 100,000 yards (almost 57 miles. Some of the results are ridiculous).
Because I am starting to train for a triathlon and swimming is far and away my strongest leg (and because I did the hour long Postal Swim in January and feel as though I have filled my quota for winter swimming challenges) I personally will not be devoting all my time this month in the water. I will, however, attempt to swim about 15,000 a week (nearly double what I did last month) and will be tracking my combined mileage on the bike, running, and in the pool, which I don’t normally do.
This is a nice event, especially for people who generally don’t like to compete in their sport. Setting any kind of goal for this month, swimming or not, is a way to stay in the swing of things until the warm weather rolls around. Plus, who knows, you might surprise yourself.