Wilton Summer Sizzler meet report
by, July 11th, 2010 at 06:35 PM (2484 Views)
Today I drove up to Wilton, CT to swim in the Summer Sizzler meet. It was a gorgeous sunny day, and I was really happy to be swimming long course outdoors for the first time this summer. Since I had a car, I was able to bring all the stuff I wanted--my camp chair and cooler and an array of hats, as well as my favorite orange polka-dot super-thick beach towel. I really felt like I was in the lap of luxury sitting poolside with all that stuff!
All the usual suspects I mean swimmers from my area showed up—it was great seeing everyone and cheering for them. We had about 10 AGUA swimmers and Craig our coach came and gave good feedback after everyone’s races. The pool at Wilton is a 6-lane pool, with one lane reserved for warm-up. The water was pretty hot—about 84 or 85 degrees—but that was still down from a few days ago, when the water had reportedly shot up past 90 degrees during this region's heat wave. I just wore a tank suit, since my leg suit seemed like it would be hotter (and not in a good way). There were rumors that the meet would stop at 1 pm, wherever we were in the event order, but fortunately the Y let us run over by 20 minutes or so to get in the last 2 events.
Here’s what I swam and how I did:
100 FR: 1:13.89 This was not a great swim. I felt like my arms and my legs were both working hard, but just not together. I missed the wall on my turn, and pretty much just didn’t feel like I had any sprintiness in me for this first event. More sprinting or sprint kicking during warmup might have helped—I was a bit lackadaisical and was enjoying talking to folks too much (and was finding the pool pretty warm) to do a lot of hard swimming during warmup.
400 FR: 5:36.85 This was the event that I swore I was just muddling through simply to check it off for my every-event-this-summer project, but it ended up being my best swim of the day. I was concerned going into the race because my seed time placed me in an outside lane in the fastest heat. I was sure that I would end up being lapped by the other 4 swimmers and garnering pity applause once I finished. But it ended up being a fun race between 3 of us in that heat (I think the fastest swimmer did nearly lap all 3 of us though). I ended up even splitting my 200s (official splits are not yet up, but that’s what coach told me), and swimming a very well-paced race.
200 IM: 3:01.57 Fly slow, back good (with better kicking than I managed 2 weeks ago), breaststroke is still a work in progress, and I had enough left to finish the swim hard. This ended up being a pretty good gauge of how fast I can swim this race right now. I hope to swim it faster at Zones at the end of August, and know I need to work on both my conditioning and my FL and BR technique to do so.
50 BK: 37-something This felt like the longest swim of the meet. I kept willing those flags to appear!
50 FL: 36-something Meh.
Just as I had finished packing up all my stuff and had gotten out my pen and paper to finish writing down my results, I saw a lifeguard ripping them all off the wall and throwing them out. I thought about going and digging through the garbage so I could properly record my 50 times to the hundredth, but decided I could wait for them to be posted online. There was a bbq to go to!
The Wilton folks always host a lovely post-meet cookout underneath a shady pavilion beside the pool and adjacent swimming pond. The food was delicious, and it was a good chance to chat properly with folks that I'd been exchanging "nice swims" with throughout the meet.
Today I also discovered a wonderful new meet food. As I was packing my cooler this morning (mostly just with cold water and drinks, because I knew it would be hot), I put in some sliced cantaloupe. As an afterthought, I also threw in a few slices of prosciutto to go with them. The combination made for a wonderful mid-meet snack—Italians know something about hot-weather foods! I also ended up very glad to have brought a little pre-bbq appetizer, since breakfast at 5:30 and lunch at 2 makes for a long gap.
I now have a nice 3-week span before my next competition (the Governor’s Island 2M OWS), where I have no traveling and minimal work deadlines. I looking forward to getting in some good training!
Added later--splits and final times
100 FR: 1:13.89 (35.88, 38.01)
400 FR: 5:36.85 (2:52.36, 2:44.49)
40.02, 43.72, 43.89, 44.73, 41.90, 42.23, 41.77, 38.59
200 IM: 3:01.57
43.94, 45.79, 52.78, 39.06
50 BK: 37.67
50 FL: 36.15