Saturday, Starlight Meet Results (USA-S) LCM
by, July 9th, 2011 at 11:36 PM (1393 Views)
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)
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.
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.
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.