Competition can provide valuable motivation and feedback to help you reach your 2013 fitness goals. USMS has an excellent listing of events to find something to suit you, while our own upcoming events page lists many pool and open water racing opportunities within driving distance of the Virginia LMSC.
Not that interested in competition or travel? Then perhaps postal events are for you: you can compete in your own pool with an audience of your choosing. One great event is the Check-Off Challenge, which lasts all year. You don’t have to complete the events before you enter, assuming you are a USMS member you can enter any time before Nov 30 to get a t-shirt and then check off the events as you do them.
Give it a try!