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Ridiculously Pleased--Summer Sizzler

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by , June 23rd, 2013 at 05:10 PM (943 Views)
June 23rd

So I went to a meet today-- The Summer Sizzler at the Dad's Club. This is the only meet planned for Houston and vicinity this summer. The entries were due on Wednesday (with no late or deck entries being accepted). Since my last round of chemo ended last Sunday, I was still feeling quite tired on Wednesday but figured my energy would start to pick up by today.

My best events are the 200 fly, 400 IM and 200 breast. I knew I wouldn't have a 200 fly in me so I entered the 200 breast and 400 IM as they were the second event and second to last event respectively. I had absolutely no expectations going in and had no idea how to seed myself. I debated entering with NTs which I know is a hotly debated topic.

The only time I ever entered a NT for a master's meet was for an 800 free. Funny thing is that at that meet when the heat and lane assignments came out, I was in exactly the heat and lane I would have been had I entered a time-- The meet director moved me into my proper location without telling me. I didn't actually mind because the reasons why I had entered NT to begin with were kind of weak.

Back to today, I showed up at the Dad's Club and the water temperature was wonderful (I had been swimming in 84-6 degrees all week). I warmed up about a 1000. I decided to dive from the side of the pool for both races. The pool is a little shallow. The blocks are a little old fashioned. I can't quite streamline due to my port. With these things in mind, I was worried that I would take too much force on the port so rather than risk it I thought the side dive would be safest.

First up 200 breast
Masters Best 3:03.80 (2005)
Last Year 3:05.49 (5th in TT)
Today 3:13.38 (1:35.43/1:37.95)

Next 400 IM
Masters Best 5:44.62 (2011)
Last Year 5:45.59 (3rd in TT and 10th in Fina)
Today 6:06.56 (1:25.58/1:37.68/1:39.87/1:23.37)

The times compare to what I swam in 2007 at the Woodlands Nationals (The only Nationals that I have gone to). I was 4 months post-partum at the time (and 6 years younger). The middle 200 of the 400 IM today was actually considerably faster than what I did in the Woodlands (It is amazing that I could look that up on this site).

I entered with 3:35 and 6:30 so looked like a total sandbagger but these entry times are really what I thought I could do 4 days ago (Yesterday, I had a bit of a crisis thinking the 400 IM entry time was too fast). I had a great time. It felt very normal and natural to be at the meet. I sat with some great friends and I had tremendous support from everyone around. I am ridiculously happy right now and know this will help me get through my next cycle of treatment which starts on Friday.

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Updated June 23rd, 2013 at 05:20 PM by MaryR



  1. ekw's Avatar
    That's awesome!
  2. jroddin's Avatar
    Congrats on your swims in the meet. You have some crazy raw talent to nearly break 6 minutes in a 400 LCM IM just a week after chemo! You also came back very strong (faster free split than fly). Clearly your mind/body connection is in full control. That will most definitely help you in your battle. Keep up the good work and stay strong!

  3. MaryR's Avatar
    Thanks for the kind words. I was really surprised that I was able to keep some kind of pace through both events.