Yesterday morning I tortured our master's group with a 1,000 yard swim for time. Everyone was psyched to do it. :P
What most of them don't know was that I'd go on to do the same test in the evening. It's been a long time since I've done a 1,000 for time, and it was good to see I haven't completely lost it after this past easy year of training. I swam an 11:15, which is 1.07.5 pace per 100.
About 600 yards into it I realized that almost exactly 20 years ago, I swam a December dual meet my freshman year in college, and swam a 9:40 (my PR). Point being, I've only slowed down 10 seconds per 100 yards - or 1/2 second for every year that has passed.
Which leads me to my deep thought of the day: The clock is always ticking. 20 years have got behind you, no one tells you when to run, don't miss the starting gun.