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Ion Beza
April 24th, 2003, 09:10 PM
I wonder who from the people I talked to in competitions, shows up in three weeks for the Short Course Nationals in Tempe, Arizona.

Jim Thornton, maybe? After good training, maybe?
(I follow Jim's posts in this forum, even when I don't post).

Or Ian Smith? After training to the tune of 10,000 meters a week, for sprints only?
(Ian is maybe a long shot to come to Arizona, since he came to the 2002 Long Course Nationals in Cleveland because of the proximity to Montreal).

Fritz Lehman? Who trains backstroke, and tries to remember freestyle when getting on the blocks for a freestyle race?

Gail Roper? Who was having surgery after the Long Course Nationals in August 2002?

Paul Smith?
The Winner of many sprints and middle distance drop-dead races?

Laura Val? Who was saying in August 2002 "I will look forward to seeing it." regarding a promised interview of me by a magazine, interview that never materialized because I didn't hear again about it?

I will be in the 2003 Short Course Nationals in Tempe, Arizona, for the 1000 free, 100 free, 200 free and relays.

I trained for these races since last August, and I hope I will do well.

Fritz Lehman
April 25th, 2003, 09:25 AM
I will be there. Last meet in 40-44 agegroup. The only freestyle I'll attempt is at the end of a 100 IM.

See you on deck.

Fritz

Ion Beza
April 25th, 2003, 10:01 AM
By the way Fritz, Adrienne who moved from Raleigh to San Diego, and told me that she used to train in your lane a few years ago, and who coaches me now in San Diego under the head coach of the program where I train, will come to race in Tempe too.

The program where I train in San Diego, will send to Tempe a small team of fast racers.

Fritz Lehman
April 25th, 2003, 10:13 AM
That's great news about Adrienne. Tell her hello from the Raleigh Area Masters. Look forward to seeing everyone in Phoenix.

Fritz

Paul Smith
April 25th, 2003, 10:28 AM
We'll be there, with a big team in tow! Look out AZ!

matysekj
April 25th, 2003, 02:00 PM
Paul, will you promise to tow your whole team behind you when you swim your events? I think that's the only way we mere mortals will have a chance against you.

Ion Beza
April 25th, 2003, 05:43 PM
Originally posted by Fritz Lehman
That's great news about Adrienne.
...
Fritz
She told me that when she was age 14 and you were age 22, this 16 years old backstroker challenged you in a race, you won the race, then the 16 years old was shaking his head in disbelief that the "...old guy who is 22..." beat him.

I guess that was a big lesson for him.

I bring this up since you teach this kind of lesson to us:
me and about anyone in the same age group, and everyone racing backstroke (and free too) in any age group.

Like in Tempe for example, three weeks from now...

Ion Beza
April 25th, 2003, 05:51 PM
Originally posted by Paul Smith
We'll be there, ...
Gee, the earthquake is coming...

I don't know if the pool can handle 'Tall' Paul's sprinting:
it might be that the pool's cement breaks down.

Paul Smith
April 25th, 2003, 07:29 PM
Sorry guys, but John Smith is the sprint king these days, I've decided to be a flyer/backstroker!

The good news is I finally conviced John to swim with Colorado, makes for an interesting mixed free relay (he just went 20.8 off a relay unshaved, at altitude), add in Collette Sappey and Anne Scott both of who have been 23+, I might be on the "B" team!

Should be a very fun/fast meet. Looking forward to seeing everyone again!

Ion Beza
April 26th, 2003, 07:36 PM
Originally posted by Paul Smith

...
Looking forward to seeing everyone again!
I got a preview of 'Tall' Paul (man, he looks taller than last year; does Paul grow even taller, every year?) and of Laura Smith in today's tune-up meet for Tempe, a La Jolla competition that runs today and tomorrow.

This facility is where my training club is. I do my workouts here.

In today's 100 free I got only a 1:00.26, by almost even splitting:
29:80 and 30:46.
My start and first 50 were slow, then I did pick up.

Paul tells me that this shows that I am not fresh from interval training, and advises me to stop lifting weights until after Tempe.

Then, in the 1000 free, full of interval training, I went 12:25.xx, a pace of 1:14.50 per 100 yards.

Laura, who is a well rounded athlete with a good VO2Max, swam 11:43.xx, and went like a rocket by me.

There were lots of good events by Barbara Dunbar, Karlyn Pipes-Neilsen, Don Baker, Jeni Buys, Dane Bowker, Darlene Hunt, to name just a few out of many.

Paul and Adam Conway were battling spectacularly in 100 free and 50 fly.
Both are not fully tapered.

None of us is yet.

jim thornton
April 26th, 2003, 08:26 PM
IOn--

Sorry I can't make the reunion in Arizona. I hope you swim very fast. Did you know that one of our beer drinking buddies from Cleveland, Mr. Ian Smith of Canada, was the No. 1 FINA sprinter in the world in his youngish age group of 60-64?

Canada may be losing some tourists to inappropriate SARS panic, but I understand this is more than being made up for by busloads of American swimmers coming to watch the ageless Mr. Smith achieve aquatic glory by combining 10,000 yards of workouts a week with the occasional game of squash.

Again, good luck to all.

Jim

Ion Beza
April 26th, 2003, 09:53 PM
I think Ian won't come to Arizona either:

the calendar shows that at the same time as Tempe, there are the Canadian Nationals in his hometown of Montreal.

As for Ian being number one sprinter worldwide in his age group (as FINA rankings do tell), well I understood last August in Cleveland that he (almost) always has been a fast twitch beast of the water.

I am sorry you won't come to Tempe, Jim:
I will miss your participation.

Ian Smith
April 29th, 2003, 04:46 PM
Jim & Ion, you’re just too effusive. Last year I took advantage of a ‘weak year’ with Farrell conveniently aged up and Clark, Abrahams et al, too young (I’ll take it nevertheless)

You are right on my not being in Phoenix. The Canadian championships are Short Course Meters on the same dates.

Now if the US Short Course Champs were meters, I would have had a difficult choice to make…….a game of golf or two in Arizona would have probably tipped the balance.

Sorry I won’t be there to meet all these other sprinter Smiths. (am still looking forward to beer & pizza with Paul) Good luck to all.
Ian.

Paul Smith
April 29th, 2003, 06:03 PM
Ian,
Should have joined us in La Jolla over the weekend, Caroline Krattli drug us down to a GREAT beer and pizza joint the first day! By the way, if you guys hold a SCM meet in the fall at one of your better pools let us know, we'd love to make the trip up north!

Matt S
May 1st, 2003, 04:53 PM
Tall Paul,

Who's zoomin' who? You, a flyer and a backstroker?! Mr. Smith, would you please tell the jury who is seeded #1 in the M 40-44 500 free?

I'll be missing Nationals this year (SC & LC), but next year in Indianapolis is a strong possibility; I just have to convince myself I would not be wasting anyone's time coming in seeded 51st or so out of about 55 swimmers in my favorite events. (The really depressing part is that I could break my PR's from when I was 21, and still be seeded in the 40's. Geez!)

I am longingly looking up info on 2004 Masters Worlds in Italy. Hey, at least the QT's should be makable. I just have to juggle that with moving to my next duty station that summer. BTW, there is a decent chance it may be San Diego, so all you West Coasties will simply have to put up with me polluting, er... gracing your meets with my presence.

Matt

Ion Beza
May 1st, 2003, 07:47 PM
Originally posted by Matt S
Tall Paul,

Who's zoomin' who? You, a flyer and a backstroker?!
...

I also question part of this move:

in our 40 to 44 age group, in backstroke, Fritz Lehman rules by far.

Sometimes, Bill Specht rules in backstroke, but mostly this is Fritz' territory.

In sprints fly, Paul is the champ, most of the time.

Originally posted by Matt S

...
Mr. Smith, would you please tell the jury who is seeded #1 in the M 40-44 500 free?
...
Matt
In the 500 free (and 200 free too), Paul rules, and he told me that he entered 500 in Tempe.

Originally posted by Matt S

...
I just have to juggle that with moving to my next duty station that summer. BTW, there is a decent chance it may be San Diego,...
...
Matt
Matt, I have a grudge against you:

.) you didn't write back to me after I wished you well at Christmas 2002;

(I gather from a past post written in this forum by 'Tall' Paul, that at one time you didn't acknowledge Paul either, after you asked him advise about developing flexibility through yoga, and he answered to you in composing a well-thought e-mail);

.) during the 2002 Long Course Nationals in Cleveland, when the time of the get-together that we agreed on came up (get-together that you promised to attend by writing in a thread in this forum), you ducked the get-together with a lame excuse that I remember:

you 'thought' that the 50 free was to be swam at another time, you bumped into me in the hallway in Cleveland and I updated you about the time of the get-together, then you followed up your ducking with excuses about being together with your wife;
I have an affinity with people who want to consistently live up to their promised words.

My workouts in preparation for Tempe, are solid these days.

I hope that the taper (always a delicate matter to me), for Tempe, will go well too:

I would like to be able to pick up speed, while not losing anaerobic threshold.

Paul Smith
May 1st, 2003, 11:16 PM
Matt & Ion, to you both I quote "subvert the dominant paradigm"!

As for backstroke, although I think Mr. Lehman has one of the most beautiful strokes Ive e ver seen and will challenge for the #1 spot this year, in this event you forgot a gentleman by the name of Clay Britt!

Matt, I hope you rethink your goals and focus on your own improvement and love for this sport. Forget about placing, swim for the sheer enjoyment and don't be afraid of steppig out of your comfort zone!

Fritz Lehman
May 2nd, 2003, 11:43 AM
The 50 back will be fast this year. I can see someone going 24+ and not being in the top 3 in 40-44. That's scary. The big race to watch though will be the 200 back. Paul, your sixth event? Can I start to work on your head right now and tell you how much it's going to hurt?

Mark in MD
May 2nd, 2003, 01:38 PM
Originally posted by Matt S: I'll be missing Nationals this year (SC & LC), but next year in Indianapolis is a strong possibility; I just have to convince myself I would not be wasting anyone's time coming in seeded 51st or so out of about 55 swimmers in my favorite events.

Hi Matt!

Sorry that you won't be able to make the Nationals this year. I was hoping to run into you (and of course, many others) at LC's in New Jersey ... finally. May Nationals is not a good time of the year for me, due to annual professional commitments.


Originally posted by Ion Beza: Matt, I have a grudge against you:

And Ion ... please don't be too, too hard on Matt ... "stuff" does happen. Best laid plans can go down the W.C. in a matter of a flush. :D

Cheers!

Matt S
May 2nd, 2003, 03:50 PM
Ion,

Sorry about that; I'll plead the operational tempo of the U.S. Armed Forces as my excuse. I trust that we have known each other long enough that your tongue was firmly placed in your cheek when you spoke of a grudge.

Paul-meister,

Fear not! (Or, perhaps fear a little more, depending on your point of view.) I have not lost my zest for swimming, just SC Nationals. Let me explain. My definition of a good meet is one where swimming a good time (instead of a so-so or poor time) for me does move me up a few places. If I am one of two people in my age group, and one of us is clearly superior, the race is kind of like the sound of one hand clapping (local meets). If the talent in my age group is so spread out, I could be great or I could get a calf cramp in the middle of the race, and I will still be in the same spot in the middle of the pack, it lessens the feel of being in a real meet (Colony Zone SC the one year I went). If the talent is so fast and so deep that I am at the very bottom of the age group with 20 seconds separating me and the next swimmers, and swimming an unattainable PR from when I was 20 would only move me up marginally, I ask myself, what else is there about this meet that would cause me to want to come (USMS Nationals). When I look at SC Nationals, I know it will be a zoo, with my swims coming potentially at 7 p.m. or later, I do not particularly like to swim SC because my races feel like a turning contest, and it ain't cheap traveling to one or getting time off from work and the indulgence of my family. Other than seeing a few smiling faces like yours, I have to ask myself why am I there when I could do a 200 for time at a local meet. LC Nationals, on the other hand are much more interesting. Mostly because I LOVE that format, and most U.S. swimmers do not. The wait for my events may be long, but not insane. The sights for LC Nationals, for a number of personal reasons, have been much more attractive than the SC sights recently. And hey, if I can see you folks once a year to a year and a half, I'd much rather be at the LC meet.

In the next 14 months or so, northern NJ is not exactly on my top 10 list of places I'd like to visit (and my wife wants to spend our vacation visiting her relatives in RI). Whereas Indianapolis is within driving distance and I'd like to compete at the IUPUI pool I have heard so much about. On top of that, I am VERY interested in Masters Worlds next June, and SC Nationals would be a good dress rehearsal. So this year I am doing lots of basic stroke mechanic work, and building the summer around open water swims. I'll be skipping LCN's, but going to SCN's for specific reasons.

And, oh Tallness, I am expanding my horizons. I have begun dappling with the IM's. (Try not to laugh too hard.) I have little desire to do a straight backstroke or breaststroke race. However, I'd like to get them to the point where the degree to which they suck has diminished to the point of actually using a stop watch instead of a calendar to time my IM's. It would give me two more events in that 200-400 range that I like so well.

So, swim fast. I'll be interested in seeing how you do in the 500; I'll be particularly interested in your splits.

Mad Matt

Ion Beza
May 2nd, 2003, 09:29 PM
I am troubled by the quote below.

Originally posted by Matt S
Ion,

Sorry about that; I'll plead the operational tempo of the U.S. Armed Forces as my excuse.
...
Mad Matt
The reason I am troubled, is that the U.S. Armed Forces don't prevent you from:

1.) writing back to a foreign-born swimmer, me, after I wished you well at Christmas 2002;

it cannot be that you have less time than I do to write at Christmas (I bring up time after I read "...tempo..." in your quote), and it cannot be that I pose a security threat to the U.S. Armed Forces;
if you knowing me was posing any security threat to the U.S., then I couldn't live in San Diego, including working and traveling back and forth to Mexico in November 2001 and to Canada in September 2002 and March 2003;

2.) meeting swimmers in Cleveland during August 2002, including me, which you promised;
changing your mind about the promise can be done by articulating a reason, but not flaky excuses.

When you have no time or when you have confused fears -below common sense- that are misplaced on people like me, then you lose me.

cinc3100
May 2nd, 2003, 11:26 PM
A lot of people skipped nationals because of some of the reasons Matt mention. I did for reasons that had too do with family (mother's been ill this year) and like Matt I really didn't want to go to a meet where I was near the bottom and I was in the bottom three in my best events the breastrokes. I kind of regret not meeting Meg Smath since she is in the same age group as me and we same the same events, the breastrokes. If you ever decide to attend the long course state meet in Tucson, Ion maybe, I could meet you. I met Paul briefly at the short course meter state meet back in Tempe and also I don't like to spent time in motels another reason why I skipped nationals. Good luck to Paul and Ion and Meg at nationals.

Ion Beza
May 3rd, 2003, 12:34 AM
Originally posted by cinc310

...
...I really didn't want to go to a meet where I was near the bottom and I was in the bottom three in my best events...

Like Paul emphasises above, the Nationals are not about being "...near the bottom...", but they are about being at one's personal best during the challenge under pressure of the Nationals.

'Challenge under pressure of the Nationals', to me it means preparing long term for goals tested in top settings with top exposure:

as a starter in the sport who joined my first swimming club at age 28, I mingle my achievements with the achievements by the heavies of this sport;

these Nationals are my Olympics;

I think, it is better to be the last one in, than the first one out.

Originally posted by cinc310

...
Good luck to Paul and Ion and Meg at nationals.
Thank you.

Gail Roper
May 4th, 2003, 06:20 PM
The following Olympians are entered in the meet, have I missed any?
Jeff Farrell 60
Bumpy Jones 52
Graham Johnston 52
Roque Santos 92
Jim Montgomery 76
Don McKenzie 68
Ron Karnaugh 92
Brad Schumacher 96
Susan von der Lippe 80,84,88
Carol Taylor 48
Gail Roper 52
Jane Swaggerty-Hill 68
Katrina Radke 88

Please let me know if I omitted anyone.
Thanks

Paul Smith
May 4th, 2003, 09:12 PM
Richard Schroeder
Tori Smith (relays only)

How about foreign?

Gail Roper
May 4th, 2003, 09:44 PM
Thank you Paul. I will add:

Tori Trees Smith 84
Richard Schroeder 84,88

And foreign Olympians do count.

MegSmath
May 5th, 2003, 08:44 AM
Originally posted by cinc310
Good luck to Paul and Ion and Meg at nationals.

Thank you, Cynthia! I'm sorry you won't be swimming in Tempe. Maybe you could come by the meet and say hello.

I don't know that you could call what I'll be doing in the breaststroke events swimming! Struggling is more like it! As usual, I am not in shape, but then I haven't been in shape since 1991! I know I will not place in any of my events, but that doesn't mean they will be a disappointment to me. I'm just hoping to beat my seed times, which are the times I swam at the Kentucky SC championship in March. I have a good excuse for swimming slow times at the Kentucky meet, though -- I was meet director! I'm going to try a novel approach in Tempe and do something my coach keeps telling me is worthwhile: warm up before I swim!

Meg

Dominick Aielloeaver
May 5th, 2003, 05:25 PM
Hi Meg. I just wanted to tell you my feelings on the nationals. After reading your article. NO>1 Just go and enjoy. NO> .2 swim to your times. Dont look left or right, because some will swim slower and some will swim faster After all we all canot be olympians. But we can be a champion to our selfs. I am sure when you hit the water you will be swiming against your self. And that is a good feeling. Good luck and have a great time DOM.

Ion Beza
May 7th, 2003, 09:15 PM
In this post, I update the count of Olympians competing in Tempe.

I do it because to me, preparing for this meet is analogous in some respects to preparing for a job interview in a profession:

.) one wants in these Nationals attended by Olympians to perform at one's own best, by working well in advance on not being sloppy, but being physically sharp and mentally focused;

.) in an interview in a profession, one wants to have worked well in advance on being neat, knowledgeable and intelectually sound.

Originally posted by Gail Roper
The following Olympians are entered in the meet, have I missed any?
Jeff Farrell 60
Bumpy Jones 52
Graham Johnston 52
Roque Santos 92
Jim Montgomery 76
Don McKenzie 68
Ron Karnaugh 92
Brad Schumacher 96
Susan von der Lippe 80,84,88
Carol Taylor 48
Gail Roper 52
Jane Swaggerty-Hill 68
Katrina Radke 88

Please let me know if I omitted anyone.
Thanks
and

Originally posted by Gail Roper
Thank you Paul. I will add:

Tori Trees Smith 84
Richard Schroeder 84,88

And foreign Olympians do count.
and

Originally posted by Gail Roper
More Olympians at Tempe:

Robert Delgado 96,00 for Ecuador
Eduardo Piccinini 92 for Brazil
Simon Percy 92, New Zealand, coach
Mike Troy, 60
Maria Lenk-Ziegler 32,36

Does any one know of any others?
That's twenty Olympians, until now.

Alongside many USMS racers in Tempe, who competed in national Trials for Olympics, Worlds, University, zones (like Pan-Pacs and Pan-Ams).

As well as USMS racers in Tempe, with backgrounds from age-group swimming to adult swimming.

cinc3100
May 16th, 2003, 10:53 PM
Sorry, I will not be able to see you in Tempe,Meg. My mother has had problems with an infection in her toe and even thou I got off work on this Sunday, I will not go to Tempe which is a 2 hour trip from where I'm at. I'll see her in the hospital and practice a swim workout at the health club. I saw you did a 3:17 for your 200 yard breastroke-way to go. I know that they were a lot of fast times in but we can't all go under 3:00 like we did as teenagers. Good luck in the 50 yard and 100 yard. Try for 39.8 to 40.8 in the 50 yard and a sub 1:30 in the 100 yard.

urban
May 19th, 2003, 07:03 PM
ION

Thanks for finding me in Tempe. I had so much going on, as you can imagine. Please accept my appology for not tracking you down after you were kind enough to come and watch me swim. I hope we will meet again some day.

God bless you,
Mark Urban
:D

Ion Beza
May 19th, 2003, 07:09 PM
In the 1000 free, I went a slow for me 12:42, as opposed to a faster 12:25 two weeks ago in the La Jolla meet.
It could be that eleven days of taper is too much for me, or that I was a nervous wreck before the race, or something else that I don't know.

For the 200 free, I was scratched because when I did check-in I didn't circle something in the sheet, even though I did check-in in the same manner the day before -for the 1000 free- and they didn't scratch me then or tell me anything.

The third day, in a relay a had a fast for me 50 free in 26.8.

To me it could be as good as an individual 50 free, since in the relays I take slow starts in order to not risk to disqualify three teammates.

The fourth day, in the 100 free I swam 58.40, my fastest time since 1994, and a lifetime second fastest time behind a 58.11 from 1994.
(For example, it is faster than 58.50 from 1996, when I considered myself in good shape).

In a relay, I had a fast for me 50 free in 26.6.

Outside my races, I watched Laura Smith swim 1000 free then got paid with a well written beatiful post card from Laura for this, I learned that in the La Jolla meet when Laura did lap me in the 1000 free it was only due to the fact that Laura did false start the 1000 free -Ha! Ha! Good Joke! Ha! Ha! -, I did watch Fritz Lehman battling -with unusually long underwater turns- Clay Britt and Jay Yarid in backstroke (Fritz won the 100 back by only .9 seconds off his lifetime best from twenty years ago), 'Tall Paul' battling John Smith in drop-dead sprints of the strongest, Bill Specht swimming 200 fly, Adam Conway winning sprint races, Graham Johnston winning 500 free, Jim McConica winning 500 free, Adrienne Waterson missing her heat in 100 I.M. but doing well in 100 breastroke, Gail Roper winning the 400 I.M., Tom McCabe sprinting 50 free, and much more.

I thank the volunteers in the meet for dedicating energy to make the meet run very well.

Ion Beza
May 19th, 2003, 07:18 PM
Originally posted by urban
ION
...
...to come and watch me swim.
...

God bless you,
Mark Urban
:D
Man,

speaking of 1:59.07 in 200 backstroke:

that was fast.

Every single inch of it, that I was watching closely.

Dominick Aielloeaver
May 19th, 2003, 11:49 PM
Hello every one. I just wanted to thank every one ,who cameto the nationals. This was my very first Nationals. I particped in 3 events. I was really impressed with the entire event. I would like to thank theU.S.M.S. I would liketo thank the AZ. masters ,who made this event such a tremdious sucess. I would like to thank the refrees , And I would like to thank all of the volunteers. But what impressed me most was the attiude of the people. I had asked quite afew swimmers their goals. And allhad one response. they were not concerend with winning. but their main conceren was to better their time. which I thouht was great. The warm ups the meet. allwent as smoothly as ashark cuts through water. I watched older people to the younger people, as they swam I daid to my self , rvery one has aplace here. From the slowest to the fastes.I would like to part with this saying from an old song. There is aplace inthe sun for every one

MegSmath
May 20th, 2003, 09:14 AM
Originally posted by cinc310
Sorry, I will not be able to see you in Tempe,Meg. My mother has had problems with an infection in her toe and even thou I got off work on this Sunday, I will not go to Tempe which is a 2 hour trip from where I'm at. I'll see her in the hospital and practice a swim workout at the health club. I saw you did a 3:17 for your 200 yard breastroke-way to go. I know that they were a lot of fast times in but we can't all go under 3:00 like we did as teenagers. Good luck in the 50 yard and 100 yard. Try for 39.8 to 40.8 in the 50 yard and a sub 1:30 in the 100 yard.

Sorry about your mother, Cynthia. Much more important for you to see her than me!

Thanks for the compliment on my 200 breast. I was frankly shocked at my time! That is the fastest for me in a long time. It was much faster than what I did at my team's meet in March. I was worried I would have no energy because I'd been at the pool all day in the heat, and the 200 was the last event of the day. I was pleasantly surprised with my 50 and 100 too. I got a terrible start on my 100 (I was still trying to grab the block when the horn went off), so to do the time I went was great. The best I've ever done in my life is 1:29, and that was 10 years, one kid, and 40 pounds ago! I am now inspired to get some weight off so I won't have to drag it up and down the pool with me!

Ion, I saw your 100 free, and you looked great! Good job!

Thanks Arizona for a fantastic meet. I had a blast!

Meg

Ion Beza
May 20th, 2003, 10:51 AM
Originally posted by MegSmath

...
Ion, I saw your 100 free, and you looked great! Good job!
...
Meg
Hey, Meg.

Twice in the 100 free I did back off the pain, thinking "What's the point to push? I will end with a 59.89 anyway, i.e. 'big effort, small result', like I keep doing it in recent years.".

Had I known to be in pace for the 58.40 -my lifetime second best- and close to 58.11 -my lifetime best-, I would have pushed through pain to get a new lifetime best.

The occasion was there.
Loud and clear.
But I didn't know.

A few heats after me, the heavyweight division comprising of Paul Smith and John Smith, had a dramatic battle.

cinc3100
May 20th, 2003, 03:42 PM
Meg, that just great. Now my best times were way back in my teens. Anyway, I swam this year at 42.95 for the 50 yard Breast and 1:34.58 for the 100 yard Breast. I competed for less than a year in masters. I don't know if I will get faster since I started back in swimming at age 45, working out at least 3 to 4 days around 1:10 to sometimes 1:25 mintues. Ion did really good in the 100 yard, I thought that his taper would help him in sprints and maybe cost him a little in distance-1000 yard Freestyle. Now Meg, its hard to image that Melinda Mann did a 1:10.76 at 46 years old in the 100 yard breastroke, that's faster than a lot of us doing the 100 yard freestyle. And C Kratti in the 40 to 44 year old age group doing 1:05 in the 100 yard breastroke. In 1969, the American record for women was 1:06. No joke.

Ion Beza
May 20th, 2003, 08:47 PM
Originally posted by cinc310

...
Ion did really good in the 100 yard, I thought that his taper would help him in sprints and maybe cost him a little in distance-1000 yard Freestyle.
...

Indeed, it seems to be like this.

I remember in the 1000 free, in the second 500, when I was calling on my body for effort, my body wasn't responding, it was almost a body empty of energy.
The splits also show this fading.

Three weeks ago when I swam 17 seconds faster for the 1000 free in the La Jolla meet with three days of half rest, during the second 500 I was calling on my body for effort, and my body did respond.

Today, the head coach told me that in the future we will taper by also incorporating small anaerobic threshold sets, besides the usual broken swims and sprints.

In the 1000 free, it might be that I was also affected by nerves:
before the race, a doctor was worried about me being almost blue, and people where cheering me up when seeing that before the race I was shaking like a leaf.

After the 1000 free, I became more relaxed, and I swam a very good for me 100 free, and two very good for me 50 free in relays.

Originally posted by cinc310

...
Now Meg, its hard to image that Melinda Mann did a 1:10.76 at 46 years old in the 100 yard breastroke,...
...

I saw amazing swims in Tempe, by people in the midst of the prime of their life, that outdo lots of gifted age-group competitive swimmers.

Polishing the mind and the body in order to be sharp during this lifetime, it works like it was never known a few decades ago.