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Sink Or Swim Classic Premeet Prep

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Those of you who talk with me on the forums have probably seen my signature promoting the Libertyville Masters Sink or Swim Classic in Vernon Hills Illinois. Those of you who know me REALLY well (and now everyone) will know that I will be wearing this brief during the meet:

To all of you who think that this is ridiculous - YOU'RE WELCOME, I've now opened your mind.
To all of you who believe that this is awesome and classy - THANK YOU.

Fun Fact: All summer I swam SCM at Vernon Hill High School - the very pool where this meet will be held. Since September we have been swimming SCY.

I decided to sign up for as many events as I could - including relays for this meet. It's going to be a blast and I figure "Why not? I don't plan on winning anything - I just plan on pushing myself through this and making it a fun time."

Events And Goals
400m Free
So I decided I wanted my first swim of the day to be the longest swim of the meet. I plan on using this event as a double whammy.
1) It'll be a PR. No matter what.
2) It'll be a great warm up before the 50 free which is my next event.
My goal for this event is to swim it in 7:00. That will be an average 100 around 1:45
It seems like this might be an easy goal for many of you, but its hard to say for me since I'm so used to swimming SCY, I come in around 1:30-1:35 on the 100 during practice, so I'm hoping that extra 7 foot or so won't equate to much more than 10 seconds.

50m Free
The 50m free is placed perfectly. Its a race I really like and a race I would like to do well in. I learned some painful lessons this summer swimming it in LCM and I'm excited to give it another go.
My goal for this event is to swim it in under 36 seconds
When I swam SCY in march, I swam my 50 (tapered) in roughly around 33 seconds. I don't see any reason why I couldn't beat that now non-tapered. I can swim a 35 at the end of practice these days (so I'm already exhausted and its a push off the wall).

50m Breast
I'm not good at breast stroke. I'm very aware of it. I know I should take the time, I just haven't. I'll admit it fully and readily. That being said:
My goal in this event is to beat my LCM time of 59.57 seconds
I shall not fear the event! I shall embrace it!

100m IM
Even though the 50 is the event I want to do the most well in, the 100 IM is the event I'm most excited about! I've more or less just learned butterfly in the last couple months and I'm excited about the prospect of finally getting to do it in a race! I practiced my transition off the wall from fly to back once the other night and its a LOT of fun!
My goal in this event is to swim it in under 2 minutes.
The 100 IM is just the stepping stone. By January I'm hoping to be able to do the 200 IM and stick with that event for a while while I build up my strength/endurance to do the 400 IM.

50m Back
The 50 Back is one of those events I like - but I'm not great at. This will have been after all of my other 4 events + 2 relays. I'm pretty sure I'm going to be more of a flooded kayak than swimmer at this point.
My goal in this event - given the circumstances - is survival. That being said, I'd like to swim it in under 50 seconds

Thanks for reading! I hope to have video of this!

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Comments

  1. The Fortress's Avatar
    Nice try, but I'm not sure that can beat Stud's brief from Nats.
  2. swimsuit addict's Avatar
    I like the suit! Sounds like you'll have a fun meet.
  3. bzaks1424's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by The Fortress
    Nice try, but I'm not sure that can beat Stud's brief from Nats.
    Link? Image?
  4. bzaks1424's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by swimsuit addict
    I like the suit! Sounds like you'll have a fun meet.
    Gracias! I have fun no matter where I am.. the meet just happens to be the location I'll be at on that particular Sunday morning!
  5. ViveBene's Avatar
    That's quite, um, eye-grabbing attire you've got there. As long as StudMuffins doesn't care to show what he wore, the point goes to you.
    Will you be staying for ILMSA meeting after the meet? It's for all membership. Free pizza! Well worth the price of admission!
  6. bzaks1424's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by ViveBene
    Will you be staying for ILMSA meeting after the meet? It's for all membership. Free pizza! Well worth the price of admission!
    Not only will I be staying - I will be the only one there who can't eat the pizza!
  7. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by bzaks1424
    Link? Image?
    Here's one:

    http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fb...&ref=fbx_album

    Looking for another which is a purple brief with "Stud" written on it.
    Updated October 13th, 2010 at 04:18 PM by The Fortress
  8. Bobinator's Avatar
    Cute suit! Perhaps you could go to the prom after the meet!

    I like your "flooded kayak" reference to the 50 backstroke. I feel much like that too in the sprint backstroke. I relate my backstroke to a panic-striken turtle flipped over on its' back!

    Good Luck and have a great meet..............go ahead...eat the pizza! I promise it won't hurt you!
  9. The Fortress's Avatar
  10. KEWebb18's Avatar
    The tuxedo brief says, "I want to be formal, but I'm here to party."
  11. bzaks1424's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Bobinator
    Cute suit! Perhaps you could go to the prom after the meet!
    OMG - is any one else excited about going to a 2nd Chance Prom? They're for adults who thought their H.S. Prom wasn't that great.
    I can't complain, I went to 3.
  12. bzaks1424's Avatar
    There's a reason why he's called a stud! That suit rocks!
  13. bzaks1424's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by KEWebb18
    The tuxedo brief says, "I want to be formal, but I'm here to party."


  14. ElaineK's Avatar
    It ROCKS! But, you knew what I thought of it the first time you posted the link! Seriously, though; Masters swimming is for having fun and what a great way to express that you don't take yourself too seriously!

    Michael, as you know, I've been you on since the first PM you posted to me when we were newbies. I hope this meet is a total blast for you and you get PB's in every race!


    I will be looking forward to seeing photos and video!
  15. swimshark's Avatar
    So which one is the swim and which one is the sink?
  16. bzaks1424's Avatar
    Anything with "breast" or "IM" will be me attempting not to sink :-D