Saturday, November 9, 2013

South Davis Masters Swim Meet

I love everything about swimming, but one of my favorite things about swimming and one of the parts that I miss is competing. I love meets. With a month of not much swimming, and then getting back into it only to not have been able to swim as much as I would have liked for the last two weeks; I knew my times would not be fast, but I decided to swim in a meet anyway.

This morning I got to swim in the masters meet at the South Davis Rec Center. I have been to that meet two other times, and think that it is a fun meet. I am hopeless at sprinting freestyle these days, so I decided to do two long swims; I signed up for the 1650 yard and the 500 yard. I had a rough night last night, so I didn't even hear my alarm go off this morning. When I woke up and looked at the clock, I saw that is was 7:20, and warm-ups had been at 6:00, with meet starting at 7:00. Oops. I had wanted a real mile time when I wasn't swimming it alone, but I'll have to do that some other time. I had guessed that I would be about a minute slower than my fastest time on my 500. I was right. I am so used to swimming 2+ mile swims that I forget to pick it up for a 500; I started out the first 200 yards at my mile pace, before I realized, "Wait. This is short. Pick it up." It was a fun swim, which is exactly what I wanted it to be. I wasn't going for speed today.

My other two races I decided to go back to the races I used to swim back in high school; the 100 yard backstroke and the 100 yard butterfly. For backstroke I knew I could do it and would be fine, even if my time was not great, but I had a problem with butterfly. I had not swum anything longer than  50 yards for butterfly for several years. A couple of weeks ago I started training butterfly; doing a set of 3 X 100 yards butterfly during each workout throughout the week. This last week I did a set of 5 X 100 yards butterfly a couple of days. Each time I did the set it felt better. This helped me feel better about swimming it in a meet. I decided to just have fun and attempt to swim it; not worrying about my time at all. I got a pretty slow time, but I was happy that I was able to swim a 100 butterfly and still feel good about my stroke.

1650 free --   PR = 22:48.00    Seed time = 23:39.00   Today = Didn't swim
100 back --   PR = 1:12. 38     Seed time = 1:23.00     Today = 1:20.07
500 free --     PR = 5:59. 87     Seed time = 6:50.00     Today = 6:50.45
100 fly --       PR = 1:11.65      Seed time = 1:28.00     Today = 1:25.73

Now that my schedule is opening up more, I am hoping to have a least two sprint days a week along with my mid-distance and distance days.
Thanks for setting up a great meet Gordon Gridley. 

MIMS Acceptance!

After several weeks of getting all of my application things in order for the Manhattan Island Marathon Swim, November 1st I logged into my NYC Swim account at 11:00 a.m. so I could register. I had my registration completed by 11:07. I had all of my requirements done, so I thought I should have had a pretty good chance of getting in. I was not sure how soon they would start listing swimmers, so I made up my mind not to worry about it for a day or two, but that night when I got on Facebook, I saw that one of my swimming buddies had already been accepted. I immediately checked the page and was very discouraged to see about fifteen names listed, none of which were mine. I had a mild freak out about it, and was not as focused on my athletes as I should have been at the swim meet I coached the next morning. I was trying my best to be there for them, but my mind was on my application. Several people had told me that I would get in, easily. The list of accepted swimmers was growing, and my name still was not on there. I made up my mind that I would not check the list or my email until after the last of my swimmers competed and left the meet. Finally I checked my email and had an email from NYC Swim. Without reading the email, I went to check the swimmer list. This time my name was at the top of the list! I was so excited I jumped up as I let out a loud squeal, then a giggle, followed by a big sigh of relief. I got a couple funny looks from one of the coaches for another team, but I didn't care. I had gotten into MIMS! I wanted the earliest date of June 14th, but I have been assigned June 28th. I guess we can't have it all. I am just happy to be going!