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Behind the Blocks with Team Fortress. Indy Wrap up

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My day 1, which was in fact day 2 at Nats started with some odd girl at the airport shimmying at me and blowing kisses while I was waiting for Fortress. Naturally, I panicked and urged Fort to hurry through the terminal to rescue me.
Fort and I drove to the IUPUI or whatever it is named, parked up and rushed inside to see all our swim buddies and get a 500 in.


After greeting a few friends and having a stretch off in the pool, we headed out to go check in. The only problem was that neither of us took the time to note where the car was parked and so began the hunt for a silver sedan...yeah, they are not common.


Losing the car in a parking garage seemed to be in vogue as we managed to do this several times over the course of the weekend. Last year it was losing the car keys...this year Team Fort stepped it up to a larger item, the whole car. It did occur to me that it is a blessing that there is a black stripe on the bottom of the pool, otherwise Fort and/or I might still be circling the North Pool in Indy trying to find out way out!


I also managed to nearly send Fortress into the stratosphere when I misplaced her iPhone after videoing her race. Thankfully, I called it and we heard it ring...then I checked the pocket of her Speedo bag and there it was. She never used that picket for her phone, but I always put my phone in that pocket in my bag...so it wasn't really lost...but those were anxious moments in the camp.


Anyhow enough of that. We've all seen how well Fort did at the meet. Some truly epic swims. I got to see a few folks swim from a distance while I lay down up in the stands. Usually I never get to enjoy watching too many pals, but this year with just 4 events and no relays I found I had cheerleading time a plenty.


My swims were fairly good. In case you've missed me talking about it for the last 6 months, I had a meniscus tear repaired in November. It's been a tricky road back and I don't think I quite got to the level I hoped for and after New England & Zones I felt a bit down, actually a lot down, and thought I had wasted my money on Nats...as late as Monday last week I contemplated not going.


However a taper and a shave do seem to work miracles with my swimming and I enjoyed good time drops from Zones, that left me feeling that I had the speed ("raw" speed as Fortress called it) but the stamina for the 100's was a little lacking. It's always hard not to compare to last year but, overall I didn't disgrace myself and I was within 2 seconds of my best 100's and closer still on my 50's. All swims ranked as 3rd or 4th best times, which after a knee-op (see, I mentioned it again) I have to be grateful and happy.


As I noted to some my 50FR at :27.09 was only a little behind my PR :26.92 but it felt like the best 50 I've ever swam. I hope to see the video soon.
Anyhow a grand weekend where I met old friends and new friends and got to hang with some cool Californians, and finally shake hands with Kirk Nelson, a forumite and age-group fellow.

Sunday night began at the Tilted kilt, where I seemed to be the only lecherous old man in town, then turned into a bit of a late one. I was about to go lights out when I got the msg to come to the JW Bar, so I climbed out of bed and went down for a pint. I met some new friends and had a good time. I was out until 10pm...Pacific time! I felt groggy going home on the plane but it will help me get a good night tonight.


Well, that's all for now except for those that checked in for an expose on Fort...not much to say except she is just that fast, and her secret? I think it is a glass or two of Kendall Jackson Chardonnay with food!

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  1. rxleakem's Avatar
    Excellent meet - happy you are realizing some great races.

    Hey, did you wear the same special shirt to the forumites dinner that you did at BU?
  2. pwb's Avatar
    Sounds like a great weekend ... once the car was found!
  3. knelson's Avatar
    ...some odd girl at the airport shimmying at me and blowing kisses while I was waiting for Fortress.
    Obviously she mistook you for Daniel Craig. I'm sure it happens all the time.
  4. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by knelson
    Obviously she mistook you for Daniel Craig. I'm sure it happens all the time.
    lol!

    No idea why folks are so vigilant about going on the wagon during taper! Doesn't seem to bother me a bit.

    Glad you remembered what slick side pocket the phone was in. Poor Teen Fort would've missed her heat of the 200 evil and there would have been even more evil teen drama.
  5. knelson's Avatar
    PSM (Puget Sound Masters, what was previously known as PNA) had a team happy hour after the meet Thursday. I was the only person in attendance, out of maybe 15 or so, who drank alcohol. I'm not going to get shnockered or anything, but I see no reason to become a teetotaler either! Not to mention I think I earned a beer or two after swimming the 1650.

    Oh, and I should mention to Rich that I saw his 50 breast and I was very impressed. Not bad at all for someone who had knee surgery just a few months ago!
  6. Water Rat's Avatar
    I find a big ole draft beer makes me happier than a diet coke. And I believe I swim better happy.

    Rich be honest. Sid u out on an Irish accent to impress the girls at the TK?
    great seeing you as always. These meets wouldn't be the same without u
  7. swimmieAvsFan's Avatar
    I know Muppet had a pint two of the nights we were out in Indy, and ended up with at least 1 lifetime PR the next day both times. So there might be something to beer as a recovery drink (and perhaps wine as well?)
  8. Bobinator's Avatar
    Thank you Stud, this is exactly what I'm looking for. I will no longer abstain or limit my wine consumption for swim events. I really wanted a 2nd glass at Palamino and I should have!!
  9. SwimStud's Avatar
    I find wine is a good in meet supplement. I cut out Beer in training but once I'm at the meet, it's time to enjoy...
  10. SwimStud's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by knelson
    Obviously she mistook you for Daniel Craig. I'm sure it happens all the time.
    Yes but usually only when I have my dinner suit and bow-tie on...
  11. jroddin's Avatar
    My lifetime best 50y free was done about an hour after drinking a pint of Rogue Red Ale. Our 200 free relay team (1994 Masters Nationals/Tempe) went across the street for a beer after our individual events and we came back, warmed up, and swam the relay. I had never been below 22 and I went 21.4 leading off that relay! I felt like I was going backward, though, as Troy Dalbey was next to me (around 20.1, I think). Perhaps I caught a nice draft (pun intended).