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  1. Saturday/Sunday, Inland NW Champs Meet Results

    by , April 6th, 2014 at 10:07 PM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    I had a great time in Moscow this weekend. I was a bit unsure about how I would perform based on my recent lack of swimming very much on a consistent basis. I proved otherwise that you don't need to swim a lot to swim well in competitions. It's mostly based on how much you want to swim well when the gun goes off! And a bit of toughness as well to get through the hard stuff, even when your body tells you it can't be done!
    I did do a shavedown for this meet, just for the heck of it to see what happens, plus I wore my Finis Hydrospeed suit that I purchased for the Indy 2013 Nationals last year. Just maybe...everything worked out well...

    Saturday:

    1000 Free - 11:00.43
    27.99 / 31.78
    32.73 / 32.74 (2:04)
    33.08 / 33.22
    33.22 / 33.15
    33.34 / 33.52 (5:24) <--this was a season best 500 time as well
    33.89 / 33.57
    34.10 / 34.23
    33.99 / 34.61
    33.68 / 33.54
    32.82 / 31.23
    I got out really quick, almost without knowing it. I settled down pretty well, but then the hurt train got me after the 600 point. I was able to recover to finish strong, mainly because I was watching the clock and doing the math...figured I may get under 11:00, and did my best to do so, but a bit short.

    200 Free - 1:56.05
    27.21 / 29.77 / 30.12 / 28.95
    This was a phenominal race for me. It happened about 30 minutes after I got out of the 1000, and I had a racer 2 lanes over from me: 24 year old Matt Edde, who has given me some recent battles in the 100/200/400/500 Frees at recent meets. Every time I tried to accelerate and dust him, I'd look over on the next turn, and he was RIGHT THERE!! I couldn't leave him like I used to be able to, but as it turns out, we both did excellent!
    This time was just 1.4 seconds slower than what I did at Indy last year, when I was training full time, with a full taper as well.

    200 Free Relay - went 2nd, split a 23.72
    Wow! I do have a bit of speed in there!!
    Tom (36 yrs) led off 24.4
    James (36 yrs) 23.72
    Bill (67 yrs) 28.9 <-- I was most surprised by this split!
    Rick (60 yrs) 31.8

    200 IM - 2:13.30
    27.41 / 35.01 / 39.35 / 31.53
    This was fun. I was stroke for stroke with another guy for the first 100, but he didn't have the breaststroke skillz to hang after that. I ended up sucking a little wind on the final 50 to home, but I was happy with the overall result.

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    Sunday:

    1650 Free - 18:49.45 (Not quite superstardom, but still very acceptable)
    29.34 / 32.85
    34.07 / 34.46
    35.23 / 34.72
    35.75 / 34.61
    35.49 / 35.26 (5:40ish)
    35.29 / 35.06
    35.06 / 35.18
    35.20 / 32.86
    33.95 / 33.96
    34.40 / 34.75 (11:25ish)
    34.40 / 34.60
    34.70 / 34.75
    34.75 / 34.98
    34.36 / 34.35
    33.76 / 33.87
    33.27 / 32.72
    31.45

    As this swim was WAYYYYY too early in the morning for my body (9:15am), I really wasn't even consciously awake at the time we dove in. I decided I'd swim alongside Pat Lee next to me (who was a 19:48 entry time - he finished 19:18).
    The first 100 of the race I just had fun playing off the walls, SDKing for about 8 big kicks off each wall, just staying nice and relaxed. Afterward, Pat said he hoped I wasn't going to be doing that the whole way!! I guess SDKing can be a psychological advantage to your competition in events like this!
    Well, I let Pat take the lead, and I basically swam right off his hip (almost through the laneline) for the 1st half of the race. At the 700/750 it felt like he was fading a bit, so I decided to make my move and get the race going (the bolded split). I ended up going 6 seconds faster than my other swim this season, so that was nice.

    50 Back in the 200 Medley Relay: 30.13
    SDK'ed for as much legal distance as I could, but still a far cry from some 50-something female swimmer on the east coast!

    200 Fly - 2:50.67***
    I did this as 8 x Broken 25s!
    There were only two of us in the event, and I wasn't feeling like trying to kill myself on this race. I already have a 2:11 in the books for the season, and I have another shot at it in Federal Way at the NW Zone meet next Saturday. So I decided to swim "with" the other swimmer in the heat with me, waiting until he'd gone through the turn and began the next length. And I got beat too by 0.3 seconds!! He thanked me for swimming alongside him, saying it helped him keep going strong.

    500 Free - 5:15.80 (WOW!!!!!!!!!)
    28.29 / 31.46
    32.17 / 32.25
    32.15 / 32.02
    32.20 / 32.22
    31.98 / 31.06
    This was just great!! Only about 5 seconds slower than my best masters time that I did last year at Indy Nationals. My middle 300 was split very very consistent too. I honestly don't know where this swim came from, because I was basically a zombie getting up onto the blocks. I guess it's the "I don't give a $#!+" attitude I had beforehand that helped.

    Maybe I'll have to continue working on my house more, doing lots of overtime at work, and try adding some new outdoor gardening/landscaping/other springtime projects to my resume!!! Cut the swimming out, and just do the meets!!


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    Now I have the NW Zone SCY Champs meet to worry about next Saturday over in Federal Way. I signed up on the last day (Friday), as did a bunch of others from my LMSC. Maybe we'll even have some relays for fun!!!
    I'm signed up for:
    400 IM - 4:49.00 entry
    200 Fly - 2:15.00 entry
    50 Free - 27.10 entry (swimming it as 50 Fly)
    100 IM - 1:02.10 entry
    1000 Free - 11:05.00 entry

    Now to see if I can keep the success going 6 days from now!