Wednesday, June 5, 2013, 800 M FR Pan American Championships
by, June 5th, 2013 at 09:47 PM (818 Views)
A rainy soggy day as I drove the 90 minutes to Sarasota with my daughter, we arrived at noontime, checked in the meet/events and calculated I would swim about 4:40pm.
The SCY warmup felt excellent, and I was confident I would at least equal my fictitious entry time. However my actual performance shocked me when I had some kind of panic attack after 100 meters to the point that I wanted to stop swimming and gasp for air. Rather than quit, I slowed down to warm up tempo, but was never able to get in the racing mode. I just do not know what happened as I did not even come close to the way I have trained in workouts.
I will still do the 3K next week, but realistically what I will do afterwards is to focus on masters local meets in a range of events, learning how to better manage myself in pool competition as well as to only enter times I have actually done in a TT or a recent meet. It was foolish of me to enter an LCM championship meet without any recent actual times or meet experience in over 25 years. While I am mentally prepared to work hard at training, I seem to need more experience and confidence for competition.