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GSP or Condit? I am a GSP fan, but I don't hate Condit.

Now that the throw down is out of the way, here is how the meet went.

My 400 free (1st event) started at 7:59 and I finished cooling down at 9:20 from my last event. All my racing was done in under 80 minutes. Very much something James would think is fun.

1st event 400 free, the gridge event
- 4:58.15
-- 1:10.68 (33.51, 37.17)
-- 1:18.70 (37.99, 40.71)
-- 1:17.35 (39.03, 38.32)
-- 1:13.38 (37.18, 36.20)

I thought 10,12,12,12 was reasonable, but I also have know experience splitting a 400. There are 6 lanes and I am in lane 1, so there are 4 people faster than me in theory, two I know are fast and realistically much faster than me. At the 75-100 leg I see I am in the lead, by a lot, and all I can feel is prerace jitters, I have no idea how fast I am going from feel, so I dial it back. In reality, I was right on track. If I would have kept up the pace, I would have died at the end but had a much better swim, probably by several seconds.

-18.71 for the gridge, but worst swim of the meet, all on poor execution. I shouldn't let other swimmers influence my race, I know how much variety there is in my training, so expecting the fast guy to go fast is silly.

I have done a sub 5:00 swim from a push at Lifetime recently, which is the primary reason I am so disappointed in that swim. The feel the first race of a meet is so incredibly different than anything in practice...

50 free: 27.81

Happy with that. I didn't cool down, warm up, or have time to pee after the 400 free. Not the best time for me, but I am not in the condition I was last year, the 400 was maybe 10 minutes before and last year I had Jost to race.

200 free: 2:16.06
- 1:05.77 (31.45, 34.37)
- 1:10.29 (35.74, 34.55)

This was kinda different. Stephanie Stone was in the lane next to me and we knew each other from WCM intensive training camp that we did back in March. She said she wanted to break 2:13, and I was entered with a 2:13 mid. I told her that I was not in the condition I was in last November and after the 400 definitely wasn't going 2:13, but I was more than happy to go out in a 5 high 6 low, but she needed to know that at the 100 she would have to pull way ahead of me to meet her goal. She's a smart girl, so probably didn't trust me, but at the 100 she was about a stroke and a half infront of me, well withing meeting her goal, she just didn't quite have the back half some 30 minutes after her 400, to break 2:13. She was 2:14 mid. Still a blazing time, but she wasn't thrilled with it.

Happy with my time, slightly faster than I expected, didn't really swim my usual race and thinking about someone else's 200 for a change was a nice break. This was a really enjoyable swim for me.

100 Free: 1:00.96 (30.03)

This was fun. This is probably the first race that I can ever remember winning. Sadly, I remember not too long ago when this meet was bigger I probably would have won the second to last heat. Still fun!

I was in much better shape at this point in the meet than I expected and this was a solid time given the timeline of the meet. To break a minute at this meet, I would have to forgo everything but the 50 or actually become a much faster swimmer. The 100 free is just too late in this meet to have a good swim and still take part in the other events I enjoy.

Almost forgot, I got stuck in traffic and missed half of warm up (was on deck at 7:20 for a 7:00 warm up and 7:45 clear the pool) but the meet was so small I was in a lane with only Stephanie and Lynn (also from WCM training camp) during warm up who are both quick swimmers. One of the best warm up experiences I have had at a meet. This might have impacted the 400, but doubt it for the rest of the meet.


* I did the split breakdowns from the cumalitives in my head, so there are likely math errors.

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  1. jaadams1's Avatar
    That's a nice series of swims, especiallly for a workout-type experience of a meet. Nice job!

    GSP or Condit? I am a GSP fan, but I don't hate Condit
    I like all the UFC fights...I just watch them for what they are. But I'm not going to pay $50 to see it live when I can watch Oregon beat the pants off of Stanford tonight for free!
  2. rxleakem's Avatar
    Excellent swims, q!
    I think that it is neat that you ran into so many other WCM alumns at your meet today.
  3. That Guy's Avatar
    Good job! Now you guys can get back to demonizing me for all the OTHER reasons besides my 400 free.
  4. The Fortress's Avatar
    Perfect! A little disappointment and some solid swims when you were tired. Just the tonic to further entice you to become a Swimmer in lieu of Vacationer.

    I am really hoping for 3 hours for my 5 events tomorrow.
  5. qbrain's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by jaadams1
    That's a nice series of swims, especiallly for a workout-type experience of a meet. Nice job!
    Thanks James.

    Quote Originally Posted by jaadams1
    I like all the UFC fights...I just watch them for what they are. But I'm not going to pay $50 to see it live when I can watch Oregon beat the pants off of Stanford tonight for free!
    We don't usually watch it live, but tonight we are heading to a sports bar with friends.

    I have no idea what sport Oregon is going to be Stanford in tonight, but I am pretty sure it isn't swimming. Enjoy the game/fight/off road rally.
  6. qbrain's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by rxleakem
    Excellent swims, q!
    I think that it is neat that you ran into so many other WCM alumns at your meet today.
    Thanks Mike, it was cool.

    I don't think -19 is out of your reach next month, but you have a lot on your plate. Good luck!
  7. qbrain's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by That Guy
    Good job! Now you guys can get back to demonizing me for all the OTHER reasons besides my 400 free.
    Sigh. I am not sure I have the creativity for that.

    Your 400 free drop really was quite awesome and unexpected. Who knew you could swim freestyle? Certainly not I when I suggested the gridge.
  8. qbrain's Avatar
    Thanks Fort, but the key to being a swimmer is training, and given the training times that are available to me, I need to be in town and consistent.

    Quote Originally Posted by The Fortress
    I am really hoping for 3 hours for my 5 events tomorrow.
    This meet used to have the 400IM and 1500 the night before and run about 4 hours. This year the 400IM was in the middle of the meet and the 1500 was replaced with a 800 at the end of the meet and they were done in well under 3 hours.

    Five events in three hours is still brutal, but your line up sounds like a blast. You can live on adrenaline for the meet and crash on the couch!

    Good luck tomorrow.
  9. jaadams1's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by qbrain
    Your 400 free drop really was quite awesome and unexpected. Who knew you could swim freestyle?
    Exactly the thoughts of the guy in Lane 3 of That Guy's heat of the 400 Free either!
    http://www.usms.org/comp/meets/heat....Lane=3&Event=1
  10. That Guy's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by jaadams1
    Exactly ... either!
    Neither nor ablative.