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Saturday, Starlight Meet Results (USA-S) LCM

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Well...this was an interesting day for me.

Started off at 5:00am with work as usual...except today I got pulled away to do a semi-full rebuild of one of the machines for another department in another of our facilities. It was fun to say the least. I got done with this about 3:00pm.

My first event was starting about 5:30pm, and I had no warmup aside from a few lengths back and forth in the deep tank pool which I can cross in about 5-6 strokes.

400 Free 4:47.68 - best Masters time by 2 seconds. also a new LMSC record (previously mine)
1:07.5/1:13.5/1:13.7/1:13.1
Splits held very nice, though it hurt like hell from my (lack of) conditioning over the past month. I was surprised when I asked the timers my time, as I was painfully gasping for air/seeing stars/near blackout/etc.

I had a 1 hour window here between events, so I headed over to a "celebration of life" party for Peony Munger and her late husband. Peony is the woman featured on the USMS homepage who did the 1000 miles of butterfly. She was just diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, and the following day after the news, her husband passed away. This was too much for her to happen all at the same time. It was a very nice party, and almost everyone who has ever swam with our Masters group was there.

Made it back to the pool at 6:40pm with 2 heats to spare for my next event...my adrenaline was pumping as I came into the pool and heard heat 1 of my event on the blocks (I was in heat 3)

200 IM 2:33.12 - this was just 2 tenths of a second off my best.
30.2/42/47.5/32.2
My fly felt great, back was okay, breaststroke was good till about 1/2way down the pool, and then my muscles gave up, and coming home in the free was just a thrashing motion.

Literally 18 minutes later was the:

100 Fly 1:07.9 Ouchy in all different ways you can think of.
30.6/(OUCH)
My muscles just couldn't recover that quickly, especially on the lack of training I've done lately. It was 2.5 seconds slower than my last time in June.

Afterwards, I went back to spend some more quality time with Peony at the party. She is such a caring, loveable person. In leaving I told her I would see her again in the pool soon. She replied with "if I'm still alive". I told her that she'll always be there with us. Apparently she doesn't have much time left with us from what her doctors have been saying. She will be missed greatly by all.
I will one day soon do a 1650/1500 fly at practice in her honor.

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  1. pwb's Avatar
    PBs always rock and to do so when you're training has taken a bit of a hit lately is awesome.

    Sad story about Peony, but it sounds like she's an amazing woman.
  2. swimsuit addict's Avatar
    So sorry to hear about Peony. Glad she had her swimming friends around her to comfort her.

    That meet experience sounds downright brutal. Gutting out some good races with little warmup after a long day is something to be proud of.
  3. The Fortress's Avatar
    What a hard day on so many levels! You still pulled off some very nice swims.

    Sorry to hear that about Peony. My summer swim club recently lost someone to pancreatic cancer -- very vicious form of cancer.
  4. aztimm's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by The Fortress
    What a hard day on so many levels!
    I totally agree. A tough day at work, drive to a swim meet, then the emotional ordeal along with it. I know I would be toast with just one of those.

    Sounds like you made the most of it all, and still pulled off a decent meet James!
  5. jaadams1's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by pwb
    PBs always rock and to do so when you're training has taken a bit of a hit lately is awesome.

    Sad story about Peony, but it sounds like she's an amazing woman.
    Yes it was a nice surprise. I figured I was doing well since the younger age groupers didn't really leave me too far behind.
    And Peony really is amazing, whenever I'm feeling tired and worn out in practice, I always remember that she's over there gutting out a 1650 Fly! Makes my day feel a little easier.
  6. jaadams1's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by swimsuit addict
    So sorry to hear about Peony. Glad she had her swimming friends around her to comfort her.

    That meet experience sounds downright brutal. Gutting out some good races with little warmup after a long day is something to be proud of.
    I had assumed there would be a little more R&R available between events, but throwing in the drive 1/2way across town between events made it interesting. Today should be easier (until the 200 Fly)
  7. jaadams1's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by The Fortress
    What a hard day on so many levels! You still pulled off some very nice swims.

    Sorry to hear that about Peony. My summer swim club recently lost someone to pancreatic cancer -- very vicious form of cancer.
    Tell me about it! I just came back from another 4.5 hours of work this morning, bringing my weekly total to about 65+ hours. At least the OT paycheck is good!

    I'm just hoping that I get to see Peony again soon. She's headed to a hospital somewhere that has a specialist that deals with this stuff, just to see what if anything can be done. Peony is still upbeat and laughing with everyone there, but you can tell she knows it's coming soon...
  8. jaadams1's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by aztimm
    I totally agree. A tough day at work, drive to a swim meet, then the emotional ordeal along with it. I know I would be toast with just one of those.

    Sounds like you made the most of it all, and still pulled off a decent meet James!
    Emotionally it was a very tough day. I'm fortunate enough that I haven't lost any family members yet, but she feels almost like a grandmother to everyone on our team. It will be tough for us to say goodbye.