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elise526
November 15th, 2008, 05:09 PM
I swam 3 meets this year including SCY Nationals. Wish I could do more!

pwolf66
November 15th, 2008, 11:14 PM
Wow, I just went thru them and I'm at 12 right now for 2008 with a 13th in 3 weeks. It's an illness apparently.

Both Nationals, a meet 4 hours away, one 2 hours away, 7 local Masters meets and one USA meet. Plus the Masters meet in 3 weeks in Chicago.

poolraat
November 15th, 2008, 11:55 PM
Right now I'm at 5 for this year with 1, possibly 2, more meets to do. Generally I swim 2 meets in the spring and 3 in the fall. This past year I also did 2 LCM meets, which was a first for me.

Syd
November 16th, 2008, 12:55 AM
I have only swum 2 meets in 2008 so far. One SCM and one LCM. We only have one all-Masters meet in Taiwan each year. For the rest we have to fit in with the kids. There were five such opportunities this year but I could only make it to one. Problem is, due to time constraints, we are always limited to participating in 2 events. Bit of a bummer. I really envy the amount of competition opportunities you guys have in the States.

mermaid
November 16th, 2008, 06:46 AM
I average 24 meets per year - both AMYMSA (YMCA League) and USMS meets. I'll swim SCM, SCY & LCM . . . not a fan of OW (horrible sense of direction - I need the line markings)

swimshark
November 16th, 2008, 07:12 AM
Including USA-S meets, I think I will be at 8 by the end of the year. That's with missing 2 USMS meets that I wanted to do due to family things. I did 1 Nationals - LC. Usually I don't do any Nats.

Rykno
November 16th, 2008, 09:21 AM
In 2007, I swam 2 Masters meets, 2 meets against the kiddies and our Club Championships as well as 3 OW races.

In 2008, I have been to 3 Masters Meets, 3 meets against the kiddies, 3 OW races and I have our Club Championship in 3 weeks.

In 2009, I plan on swimming in 3 Masters Meets, 4 meets against the kiddies and 7 OW races. (4 in one weekend, then 3 over the course of 4 weeks).

CreamPuff
November 16th, 2008, 01:50 PM
Wow, I just went thru them and I'm at 12 right now for 2008 with a 13th in 3 weeks. It's an illness apparently.

Both Nationals, a meet 4 hours away, one 2 hours away, 7 local Masters meets and one USA meet. Plus the Masters meet in 3 weeks in Chicago.

Don't feel bad on doing 13 or more. There is someone in my age group who is at about 20 pool meets for the year.

onefish
November 16th, 2008, 02:22 PM
This year:

3 open water swims, 2-5.85 miles each
1 Zones meet (SC)
1 Nationals (LC)
4 local meets (all SC)

9 competitions total.

Will add 2 more OWs next year (The Bay + Montclair), perhaps 1-2 more local meets. Between work, travel, family, vacations it's hard to get time to peak and recover. A good recession might make this more possible, but with the downside potential as well. Did a combo family vacation and Nats this summer, worked well, depends on where the Nats is - Portland = great, Indianapolis = ??

DV

the17thman
November 16th, 2008, 05:06 PM
For 2008:

1 SCY @ SPMA's UCLA Meet
1 LCM @ SPMA's Regionals at Cal Luth
1 SCM @ IGLA Washington, DC
1 SCM @ SPMA's UCLA Meet

So 4 for 2008 with one more SCM for SPMA's SCM Regionals in Long Beach.

That is around my yearly meet entries. Usually between 3 and 5 per year.

tjrpatt
November 16th, 2008, 05:08 PM
This year, I did 10 meets. With the SCM Meters meet next weekend and SCM Zones at Rutgers, my total will be 12. I haven't done any USA meets, maybe next year if I can get the qualifying times. .

Midas
November 16th, 2008, 05:30 PM
This year, I swam in alll three Pacific Master championship meets--SCY, LCM and SCM. I would love to swim in more meets but don't have the time. Next year, I'm hoping to swim in a few more meets. One day, I'd like to swim in a USA-S meet again...

The Fortress
November 16th, 2008, 05:34 PM
I hit my all time high for meets this year: 9!! Lucked out because SCY Zones, LC Zones and the IGLA Champs were all local.

2 local SCM
1 local USA LC meet (1 day)
1 local LC (Zones)
4 SCY meets (1 local, 1 travel meet in NC to battle Geek, 1 Zones, 1 Nationals)
1 SCM Zones in NJ coming in Dec --one day "away pass" only)

smontanaro
November 16th, 2008, 08:44 PM
I didn't swim any meets in 2008. I'm hoping to get back into the postal swim routine in 2009. Do you count them as "meets"? I did the full set in both 2005 and 2007.

Part of my issue with meets (or planned bike rides) is I simply don't like to drive long distances to "work out". If I can walk or ride to the event there's a much better chance I might attend.

Skip

Leonard Jansen
November 17th, 2008, 09:24 AM
I only went to 3 OW competitions this year for a total of 5 races (Meet 1: 5 miles. Meet 2: 200 yards, 500 yards and 2 miles - I did all 3 races back-to-back with about 5 minutes between each. Meet 3: 1500 meters in a triathlon relay). I usually try to get in 7-9 races, but things have been a bit rocky in the last 2 years or so and getting to races has been a challenge.

No pool meets planned.

-LBJ

FlyQueen
November 17th, 2008, 09:29 AM
The Chicago SCM meet will be #15 this year ... wow ...

onefish
November 17th, 2008, 10:48 AM
Would it be interesting to ask what total distance people raced in a given year?

(the sum of all of your race distances)

For me so far this year, for instance:

1500 LCM
2675 SCY
9.85 miles OW

12.39 miles total (but only 17 dives from the blocks!)

Might be interesting to see how intensity levels could compare. When I go to meets, I tend to favor the long races, and do fewer events, but my faster-twitch friends really load up on events and are constantly rushing to the blocks while I laze around trying piano removal techniques.

DV

The Fortress
November 17th, 2008, 11:13 AM
but my faster-twitch friends really load up on events and are constantly rushing to the blocks while I laze around trying piano removal techniques.

What?! Not me, as a fast-twitch sprinter, I need rest between events. I can only remember rushing to the blocks for one relay at Zones.

I did a quick total. I would bet I have one of the lowest yardage totals for meets. In 8 meets so far, assuming my memory is accurate, I've swum 29 individual events totaling 2050 yards/meters. I've swum 6 relays (maybe more, can't remember) totaling 350 yards/meters. I have another 200 meters ahead of me. You probably do that in one meet, Dave!

onefish
November 17th, 2008, 01:02 PM
Fort: Ah, but....unlike you speedy coordinated people:

1. I will never get caught doing a backstroke start in public.
2. Fly over 40 yds is rated NC-18 for violence and grief.
3. My reaction times are so slow, the fewer starts the better. 29 dives/starts in one year? ayechihuahua

Guess I was stoking a discussion about how difficult and interesting it is to compare the number of races, on a certain level, vs. seeing how often folks are comfortable participating in events. My friend Jay always says go to every meet, it's all good, don't fool yourself thinking too much about the past. Others of us have guilt complexes that only allow for PBs or handwringing.

DV

Blackbeard's Peg
November 17th, 2008, 03:21 PM
Will have at least 18 meets by years end + 3OW

Raced:
10650 SCY so far (1 SCY meet to go, dist TBD)
1850 SCM so far (1 SCM meet to go w/ 3200 to go)
2150 LCM so far

+ 8.4mi OW

through 16 meets, that is racing 8.54 miles, for an average of about 940 race yards per meet.

Donna
November 17th, 2008, 08:51 PM
I do close to 10 per year, some are masters meets and some are usa meets. Some are just for fun and others are my focus meets, usually Nationals.

CreamPuff
November 18th, 2008, 09:04 AM
This year was my all time high for competing.

So far - 9 pool meets (7 USMS and 2 USS) and 2 Open Water (10K and 25K).
I'm slated for 2 more USMS meets this year which would bring the total to 11 pool meets and 2 OW.

As for distance raced in 2008:

Pool Meets
5000 yds + 3950 meters
Or around 9320 yds raced so far this year in the pool
Still 2 meets to go. . .


OW Events
35K or 21.7 miles

That seems like a LOT!

poolraat
November 18th, 2008, 12:05 PM
Would it be interesting to ask what total distance people raced in a given year? (the sum of all of your race distances)

Interesting question. In 5 meets I've swam:

1100yards, 650 meters.
Total time spent racing: 20:30.23

Lightning
November 18th, 2008, 12:18 PM
I've only swam in 7 meets, total, in my life time... but they've all been in the last 14 months. The more I swim, the more I want to swim!

talne621
November 18th, 2008, 01:28 PM
SCY: 5
SCM: I am going to 2 in the next few weeks. 11/23 in Long Island and 12/5-12/7 at Rutgers.
LCM: 5 including LCM Nationals