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  1. Return from Alabama + Mock dive meet

    I got back to NYC yesterday evening after a difficult five days with hospitalized relative in Alabama. Fortunately, that situation reachd a happy conclusion, and back in NYC I was able to totally switch gears and go out this morning to do a mock dive meet at the Flushing Meadows Pool in Queens. This event was an opportunity for local divers to get experience diving in a meet format and getting scores for each dive, but results were not official, and totals weren’t tallied. It was run by one of the local kids’ diving clubs (I had to join AAU to participate), and my dive coach was to be one of the judges. I almost didn’t go—I’m still exhausted and body-sore from several nights spent on hospital couches—but I figured that we don’t always get perfect circumstances to compete in, so I should take whatever opportunities that come up to practice competing. There were supposed to be 3 of us masters divers attending, but I was the only one that ended up going. I was a little nervous, but not too much—mostly I was just grateful to be there, amused by the kids, and thrilled to have an opportunity to practice going off the boards again. I consulted Coach Croft about my dive list—the meet offered the chance to do 7 dives, off either or both boards—and learned how to fill out a dive sheet. Then I warmed up, got some feedback, and got myself ready to go.

    We were given an order—I was the first diver of 13 in each round—and things started. My first couple of dives were good, the next two were shaky, but I finished up strongly with three solid dives. Here are my scores—the first six dives are from 1m, the last from 3m:

    · Forward dive tuck (101C) 5.5, 5.5, 5.5
    · Forward flip tuck (102C) 6 6 6
    · Forward flip with half twist (5121D) 4 3.5 4
    · Back dive straight (201A) 4 3 3.5
    · Inward dive tuck (401C) 5 6 5
    · Back flip tuck (202C) 5.5 6 5.5
    · Forward dive tuck from 3m (101C) 5.5 5.5 5.5

    Afterwards, we had a little extra time, so we practiced synchro diving off the 1m just for fun. I had never tried diving with a partner before. I was paired up with a young diver who was a very good sport. She had to modify her approaches to match mine—our back approaches are different, and I’m not doing a full forward approach yet—but she was a quick and willing learner, and was able to match my movements. We did an inward tuck dive and a forward tuck dive together, and it was so much fun that now I want to do synchro diving at IGLA as well.

    At the end of the mock meet mock awards were given. I ended up with an orange and a balloon. The whole morning was a blast, and the best thing is that these will be a monthly happening. I definitely want to go out and do this again!

    Updated May 26th, 2013 at 09:18 AM by swimsuit addict

  2. Sat. May 11 - Waiting Till the Afternoon

    Got up at 5:00. Thought about long course yards at the Nat. Checked the weather. Figured I could swim later. And went back to bed. So, I slept in another 4 hours. This afternoon, I took my daughters to Dublin and I put in a pretty good workout, probably better than I would have at the Nat.

    Did a couple of pretty hard ladder sets. Then finished up with some hard swims - a 500 back and some hard 100's.

    5x100 Free on 1:30
    300 300
    250 250
    200 200
    150 150
    100 100 Free - :45 per 50

    2x100 Kick

    50 100 150 200 Back w/paddles :45 per 50 alternated with
    50 50 50 50 Free w/paddles on :45
    Then repeat from 200 down to 50

    2x100 Kick

    500 Back w/paddles - 7:02
    50 Easy
    3x100 Free w/paddles on 2:30 - 1:12, 1:10, 1:12
    3x100 Back w/paddles on 2:30 - 1:15, 1:17, 1:17

    100 Easy

    5550 yards
    105 minutes

    Updated May 12th, 2013 at 09:24 AM by David W Cochran