My USMS Times
YouTube Videos of my swims
Today was a long loooonnnnng LOOOOOONNNNNNNGGGGGG day.
I woke up at 3:50am, drove across town to pick up my teammate, then get gas, and on the road across the LMSC on one of the longest distances between any two of our "teams" cities. It's a 4 hour 15 minute drive from Wenatchee, WA to Sandpoint, ID.
I ended up picking up That Guy in Coeur d'Alene, ID on the way...he was on the side of the road hitchhiking or something. ???
The pool isn't the greatest pool out there, but it still about having fun and racing, and that's why we attend these masters meets. It's basically a non-glorified wave pool, with virtually no gutters (literally), and lanelines that plunge underwater outside the backstroke flags due to the anchor points that or 12 inches or more underwater on the walls. It's not exactly pleasant to swim in, but at least it's still water and 25 Meters long. Oh yeah, the starting blocks are AMAZING! T.G. got a picture of them I think.
800 Free (did 25 Free/25 Fly) 10:21.62
I don't know what I was thinking. I didn't believe I'd truly beat my earlier season best time, and T.G. kinda played around with my 1st counter board with a "43", so I decided at that point to switch to Free/Fly by 25s. It wasn't too bad, but not great either. Hindsight I should've just done freestyle.
200 Back - 2:31.xx or DQ, whatever you like
101.1.2 Backstroke Start
[SIZE=1]The swimmers shall line up in the water facing the starting
end with both hands placed on the gutter or on the starting grips.
Standing in or on the gutter, placing the toes above the lip of the gutter
or bending the toes over the lip of the gutter before or after the start isprohibited.
I did a start with one hand on the block and one hand behind me since the walls were super slippery and didn't want to have a start. So at the starting signal I then dropped underwater and SDK'd to begin my race...like in this previous video:
[nomedia="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PhAJkagwn0M"]2-19-12 - Kirkland, WA - 200 Back - YouTube[/nomedia]
Apparently this is illegal, yet I've done this multiple times in both USMS and USA-S meets and never been DQ'd or told about it's illegality.
It cost my a 3 second time drop and approx. a 3 place move up in the top ten rankings, and an LMSC record, but oh well.
200 Breast - 2:49.34
This was a decent swim. I was still pissed off about my backstroke race, and I wanted to beat the older breaststroker in the race (who is much better than me). I swam the race smart, and hung right off his hip or legs throughout the first 150, then began my attack. It was either now or never, and my only shot at possibly catching him. I didn't really gain much ground toward the 175 turn, but from my blastoff pushoff and pulldown, I caught and overtook my rival. Now knowing I was ahead or tied, I pushed ahead with all I had and my turnover was great too, driving forward and no pain at all. I ended up beating him by a second as well.
Received many congratulations later about the race (many from the other guy's teammates )
200 Fly - 2:23.75
This was a really special event. We had arranged for as many people as possible in the LMSC to swim the 200 Fly in honor of Peony Munger who passed away this past August from her battle with pancreatic cancer. She was known for her miles and miles of butterfly, as well as swimming the most challenging races at the meets. She would've turned 78 years old tomorrow, Nov. 11th. This was for you Peony.
We had about 25% of those signed up for the meet swimming in the 200 Fly event today, many of whom this was their first every 200 Fly in their life. It was really neat to see 3 full heats of the 200 Fly today, and everyone in the pool area cheering on everyone to succeed in this swim today.
2nd best part of the swim...finding out that That Guy was eating my wake in the 2nd 100 of the 200 Fly.
100 IM - 1:08.xx
This was just a couple heats after the 200 Fly swim, I was tired, but still pushed it. Not a bad swim.
Survived the long drive home as well, arriving about 8:00pm at my house. 16 hours from the time I left, drove, swam, drove, ate lots of McD's, drove more, drank lots of soda and hot cocoa, drove more, and got home safely.