My SCY season consisted of 8 meets including Nats. Of those were two state championships (Iowa and Illinois) and several smaller (yet equally exciting!) meets.
I'd really like to explicitly look at my 500 free times from the start til the end of the season:
My first 500 of 2011: 1/15/2011 Danville
Splits: N/A (Avg: 43.9)
After a lot of coaching and learning, I managed to pull this off at the Illinois State Meet.
Best 500 of 2011: 4/7/2011 (ILMSA Champs)
Splits: 34.70, 40.11, 41.99, 41.26, 40.79, 41.49, 42.07, 41.89, 42.14, 39.98
So I'm pretty happy with how my swimming has turned out! I'm not really sure how it all happened - but like magic I managed to start swimming way faster over these past couple months.
I also swam the same race during nats... I did not swim it nearly as well, mostly due to fatigue and frustration from the days before. (We'll talk about that in a minute)
Nats Time: 6:52.88
Splits: 35.01, 40.18, 42.26, 43.04, 42.03, 43.28, 41.78, 42.57, 41.95, 40.78
Not a terrible job, but I could do SIGNIFICANTLY better in the future.
So I've also had an attitude adjustment in my swimming and in my training. My first adjustment came after my 200 free at nationals. Due to the fact that I was not swimming smart (lets just put it that way) I missed my wall at the 75 and killed my momentum for the race. It was a bad race for me and one that I wanted to do especially well in. Well - long story short, I can't go back and swim it again. That's just how it is. So instead, I'll just make it up with a vengeance the next time I swim it in a meet.
In terms of training, I had the time to look at this article. Mr. Crippen's philosophy on his training and his mindset on pushing oneself to the absolute brink is not something I've never thought about before. However I've never truly been inspired to put myself up to it until after reading this. I don't ever plan or even want to be compared to Fran, but perhaps - just perhaps I can teach myself to become even a millionth of the athlete that he was.
Thanks for reading! Hopefully I'll be able to post more this summer! I have quite the line up planned:
2 Open Water Swims (Swim Across America and Big Shoulders)
2 Triathlons (Wauconda Sprint Triathlon and the Bangs Lake Triathlon)
2 Long Course Meets (Badger State Games and Indy SwimFit Firecracker)
Muddy Buddy Chicago
and at least 1 half marathon (not sure when or where)