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Albatross SCM Meet Report, March 16

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Jimby, Teen Fort and I journeyed to MD for the annual Albatross SCM meet yesterday. This is my 7th year in a row competing in this meet, and I still love it. I swam better than expected on what is very short rest for me. I just lifted last Saturday.

50 back, 30.65

I debuted my new start and felt like I had a fantastic one --- the best part of the race. Had a solid turn and took 16-17 kicks on the second 25. I was told I was perilously close to the 15 m mark. But then my body completely shut down the last 10 meters and I staggered to the wall. It was a close race with the speedy Susan Williams who almost tracked me down at the finish. I surely would have been under my WR of 30.58 with a better last 10 meters. I was a little freaked out by the fade; that has never happened to me before in a 50 back. At first I thought it was just the lack of sprint conditioning from the prolonged Feb. malaise. But I also wonder if the lack of hypoxic training and double shooters played a role. I was UW the full 30 meters and maybe that took a toll. That's what Teen Fort thought. In any event, I was obviously very very pleased with the time.


50 breast, 37.5? DQ

I was not recovered for this event with only 30 minutes rest after the 50 back. But I had to give Teen Fort the pleasure of whooping her mommy. I did beat her to the 15 m mark on the start, which was all I was going for. :-) I had major glides at the turn and finish, probably should have short stroked them. I was DQ'd for a one handed touch on the turn. I thought I got my finger tips on the wall before pulling back my left arm to turn, but the official thought otherwise. No big deal. It was a very solid time for me with those glides, but I'll hopefully swim it again before the end of the year.


50 fly, 29.25, WR:

I had almost two hours of rest before my 50 fly, which I was very happy about. The final heat of the 50 fly was the fastest I've ever participated in with Erika Braun, Ruth Jones, Susan Williams and Margaret Conze. As Margaret said before the race, it was going to be "a scramble to the finish." We were all under :30. I had a great start. The race went technically well except that I took a breath at the flags with 2 strokes to go. I'm sure I didn't really need that breath, but maybe it helped me spot the wall. The only thing I did differently from the last time I swam this race (tapered 29.5 at this meet last year) was that I spent more time UW on the second 25 with an extra 3-4 kicks. Jim said the whole race looked strong, especially my second 25. My time didn't show up on the electronic timing board and, even thought the timers had me at 29.2, I didn't get excited About the WR until I saw the official time sheet. 41 year old Erika Braun also set a world record in my heat with a 28.1. She was on fire at this meet with a WR in the 50 free as well. Take home lesson for me: it's worth concentrating on more dolphin kicks off the turn on the 50 fly and 50 free.


50 free, NS

This was about 25 minutes after the 50 fly. I passed. No desire to do another race and was all tuckered out.


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It was a super well run and fun meet as usual. Jimby swam very well despite being "gravely ill." (He actually really is a bit sick this time.) Teen Fort swam well. It was great to see all my PV buddies. I plan on going to Mason for a recovery swim later today.

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Updated March 17th, 2013 at 11:22 AM by The Fortress

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  1. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Jazz Hands
    Nice WR. Sorry I missed it.
    Thanks Jazz. The womens heats of the 50 fly and 50 free were probably the best of the meet. Erika went 26.2 in the 50 free. Blazing fast!
  2. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Water Rat
    Great swims Leslie. So still on for Indy, right?!
    Thanks!

    Still on, but trying to find a flight. Right now, they're way more expensive than I expected.
  3. ande's Avatar
    congratulations on your 50 FL WR & your excellent 50 BK
    Way to go

    Lots of SDKs, sucks you hit a wall with 10 to go in your BK
    could be a splitting issue,
    Maybe go 97 or 8% effort on your 1st 25, then 99 or 100% on your 2nd
    what's different about your NEW start?

    how many kicks did you do in your fly off the start & turn?
  4. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by ande
    congratulations on your 50 FL WR & your excellent 50 BK
    Way to go

    Lots of SDKs, sucks you hit a wall with 10 to go in your BK
    could be a splitting issue,
    Maybe go 97 or 8% effort on your 1st 25, then 99 or 100% on your 2nd
    what's different about your NEW start?

    how many kicks did you do in your fly off the start & turn?
    Thx Ande!

    I hadn't thought about going 97-98% ... maybe. I think the wall was more likely due to the lack of sprint and hypoxic training in Feb. I was clobbered for a full 3 weeks and not at full steam for 4 weeks.

    I'm doing my backstroke start with arms straight back instead of arms to the side (see avatar pic). I didn't adopt this style start initially because I used to go to deep and bog down. Now after years of SDK work, I don't bog down. I've timed myself on 25s and it's definitely faster.

    Took 11 & 11 SDKs on the 50 fly.
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