DAM LCM Meet Day 2: The 1500
by, June 27th, 2010 at 01:24 PM (1140 Views)
If you don't care about my 1500, skip to the WTF moment at the end. Real life comedy.
The meet: It was a challenge to force myself out of bed this morning. 7am warm up is not all that early for me, but a couple more hours of sleep would have been nice.
Did 200 to loosen up, then a few 100s on 2:00 to figure out where I wanted my pace today. 1:26 was comfortable so that is what I wanted to go out in. By the end of warm up I was feeling decent. The first 50 was uncomfortable
This year I didn't have Bobby on my right, I had Eney Jones. I reminded myself that her pace was about 14 seconds faster than mine according to the entry times.
The race went about how you would expect, swim swim swim swim swim ... swim swim flip turn, repeat. There was a STRONG couple of jets that pushed me quite hard into the lane line, and the first couple laps I fought to stay in the middle of the lane. After about 200 of this nonsense I realized I should just swim as far from the jets as I can. I was in lane 2 and a little old lady was getting blown around in lane 1.
About the last 500 I picked up the pace and at the 100 started kicking The timer said my splits were very consistent. Based on his expert opinion and my time, I imagine I went out a little slow with 27s before settling into 26s early to mid race and holding that until the last 500 when it probably dropped to 24s. The last 100 was probably sub 1:20. I don't have the official time or the splits and probably won't for a few weeks, but the time from the timer was 21:16, and that is good enough for me.
Sunday morning is much better than Friday evening for a 1500. I felt SO much better this time around swimming in the cool morning pool instead of one that has baked in the sun all afternoon. I think the turn out was about the same as last year.
I could probably have broken 21 today if I had spent more time on pacing. It is very likely that I could have held 1:24s the entire race without dying, but I am not willing to devote the practice time to the 1500.
Eney and Bobby (Patten) were both entered with 18 lows and I don't think either went close, but probably 19 low to 19 mid. They only lapped me once, so I was very happy about that.
Post meet nutrition: Yesterday I had 2 endurolytes, 2 liters of Smart Water, 1 16oz gatorade, a pure sport packet and lots of salty frozen pizza, plus lots of water. This worked great. I didn't get that horrible headache that I usually get after swim meets, just achy and tired body. Thanks Geek, the endurolytes helped, but what helped more was knowing that my main problem was not getting enough electrolytes after meets. In general, I eat a very low salt diet and drink LOTS of water, so a swim meet has probably always squeezed all the electrolytes out of me. And thanks to Fort and Ande for the original Smart Water idea as it has been a much more effective method of rehydrating at meets.
WTF moment: The meet was on SMU campus, and I was parked next to one of the stadiums and there was a cheer leading camp further down in the empty parking lot practicing. So I see there is something on my trunk, and as I get closer, I see that it is hair. Now I don't know anything about fake hair, but it didn't look like a wig, so I guess extensions? A weave? I don't even know what those would look like. And why on my trunk? My car isn't clean, and it is a dark blue so it shows dirt great. The sidewalk looked cleaner than my trunk. I looked over at the cheer coach and she starts to apologize, so I pick up the hair and walk over to her and hand it over. I am sure the look on my face was quite entertaining. "I'm sorry, is this your hair?" WTF was that girl thinking just leaving her hair laying around on a random person's dirty car. The cheer coach looked like she was having trouble not laughing, but did say she would return the hair to the right girl.
Medicine Woman laughed so hard on the drive home she was crying. I was pretty much in shock, and still kinda am.