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Day 2, NE SCM Champs

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by , December 10th, 2012 at 10:42 AM (1870 Views)
100 free, scratch

I didn't realize until late last night when I read Kirk's post that I had just missed the WR in the 50 free by .1. Still, I was aiming for a good night's sleep and opted to miss positive check in. And, honestly, I have a track record of doing better in the 50 free when it's not the first event of the day. Sometimes I nail the first event; but equally often it's a "get the cobwebs" out swim. I also wanted to put my remaining energy into my other swims. (This is sprinter think.)


50 back, 30.8

Very solid time, but it felt like a cobwebs event. I had a sub-par start and very glidely turn. The grab bar for backstroke is low at BU and I really dislike that. I need to figure out a way to not flat back this type of start. And flags simply bedevil me in SCM for backstroke. My SDK + stroke count is perfect for yards flags. I'm either gliding in or jamming it in SCM where I need another half stroke, not a full stroke. This was .2 slower than when I led off the medley relay 2 weeks ago, so I do have a faster time this year. Still, anytime you're under 31 that's fast. And I am now well accustomed to the fact that execution is everything in 50s.


50 breast, 36.92, PR/NR

WTH?! You cannot imagine my shock when I looked up and saw this time! It felt faster than 2 weeks ago when I swam a 38.2, but still. This time, unlike the 50 back, race execution was almost perfect. I had probably my best blasto start of the meet, a monster UW pullout, hit my walls well, and no floating up to the top after a pullout. Not being an evilstroker, I wasn't really sure what the national record was. Karlyn looked it up for me. I'm thinking some of that bungee cordz/parachute work paid off! Because this is a somewhat off event and I had a time this year, I was also extremely relaxed before the event. Very often, I have excellent times when this is the case.


100 free split in 200 free, 1:04.21, PR

I was so happy after my 50 breast that I was ready to call it a meet. But I have had this goal of trying to swim all 4 50s, all 4 100s and the 100 IM this season in SCM. This was my only chance to swim the 100 free, so, encouraged by SwimStud, I decided to swim it. I haven't swum this race since 2006 (1:06 at the very end of this same meet) ... I almost never race the 100 free. So I was somewhat unsure of a race strategy. I took 9-10 SDKs on the start and 5-6 off each turn. Stud said all my breakouts were smooth, and they felt that way. I guess doing the ins & outs in practice helped. I breathed doubles the whole way, with a single thrown in a bit before the turn on the second and third length. Splits were 30.6/33.6, pretty good for me, especially given the fact that I was tired and my muscles were screaming at me the second 50. The 100 free really isn't so bad with the SDKs. Now I want to do it in yards! Right now, this time is #1, helped along by the fact that some other speedy freestylers like Eney have been injured or whatnot.


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Overall, this is definitely my best meet of the year! Maybe my best meet since March 2011. I had 4 PRs. While I was thrilled with my two NRs, I was also extremely pleased with my 100 fly and 100 free. 100 IM was probably my worst event with that debacle on the start. Suffice to say, I am a fan of the lay on the couch for a week before your meet taper! I may re-think future tapers somewhat. I had thought it was not ideal to be out of the water the week before a meet. I was only in the water 3 of 8 days before the meet, but it seemed to have little ill effect.

I don't feel quite as exhausted and sore as usual after a two day meet, but I may be still on a high! It is very cool having the NRs in all four 50s. As a bonus, my NR in the 100 backstroke survived the meet!

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Updated December 12th, 2012 at 11:11 AM by The Fortress

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  1. ande's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by The Fortress
    Also, after my last 50 breast at the Nov 18 meet, Teen Fort told me to widen my pull. I did that in my 100 breast and was out very fast at the same meet. So that seems to make a difference.
    Widening his pull is what helped Eric Shanteau drop from 2:17 to 2:11 in the 200 BR in 2007/08. Lunging is great, the insweep / thrust phase needs to be very fast and powerful. The hardest part about sprint breastroke to me is riding the glide after each kick, doing a streamlined pause before beginning my next pull.

    in my 50 BR at my last SCM meet I had a great start, dive streamline, pull down, & break out I even came up almost 1/2 a body length ahead of David Guthrie. Then I took 9 1/2 strokes, he did 8 and powered past me around the flags whupped me on the turn then added more on the 2nd 25.
    I feel like I'm doing something wrong.
  2. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by ande
    Widening his pull is what helped Eric Shanteau drop from 2:17 to 2:11 in the 200 BR in 2007/08. Lunging is great, the insweep / thrust phase needs to be very fast and powerful. The hardest part about sprint breastroke to me is riding the glide after each kick, doing a streamlined pause before beginning my next pull.

    in my 50 BR at my last SCM meet I had a great start, dive streamline, pull down, & break out I even came up almost 1/2 a body length ahead of David Guthrie. Then I took 9 1/2 strokes, he did 8 and powered past me around the flags whupped me on the turn then added more on the 2nd 25.
    I feel like I'm doing something wrong.
    Interesting about Shanteau. A wider pull plus good execution is prolly the reason for the drop then.

    My breaststroke races sound like they go about the same as yours. I can't outswim a real evilstroker on top of the water. I suspect it has something to do with our kicks or the timing of them. My whip kick is pretty sucky.
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