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Saturday/Sunday, Inland NW Champs Meet Results

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I had a great time in Moscow this weekend. I was a bit unsure about how I would perform based on my recent lack of swimming very much on a consistent basis. I proved otherwise that you don't need to swim a lot to swim well in competitions. It's mostly based on how much you want to swim well when the gun goes off! And a bit of toughness as well to get through the hard stuff, even when your body tells you it can't be done!
I did do a shavedown for this meet, just for the heck of it to see what happens, plus I wore my Finis Hydrospeed suit that I purchased for the Indy 2013 Nationals last year. Just maybe...everything worked out well...

Saturday:

1000 Free - 11:00.43
27.99 / 31.78
32.73 / 32.74 (2:04)
33.08 / 33.22
33.22 / 33.15
33.34 / 33.52 (5:24) <--this was a season best 500 time as well
33.89 / 33.57
34.10 / 34.23
33.99 / 34.61
33.68 / 33.54
32.82 / 31.23
I got out really quick, almost without knowing it. I settled down pretty well, but then the hurt train got me after the 600 point. I was able to recover to finish strong, mainly because I was watching the clock and doing the math...figured I may get under 11:00, and did my best to do so, but a bit short.

200 Free - 1:56.05
27.21 / 29.77 / 30.12 / 28.95
This was a phenominal race for me. It happened about 30 minutes after I got out of the 1000, and I had a racer 2 lanes over from me: 24 year old Matt Edde, who has given me some recent battles in the 100/200/400/500 Frees at recent meets. Every time I tried to accelerate and dust him, I'd look over on the next turn, and he was RIGHT THERE!! I couldn't leave him like I used to be able to, but as it turns out, we both did excellent!
This time was just 1.4 seconds slower than what I did at Indy last year, when I was training full time, with a full taper as well.

200 Free Relay - went 2nd, split a 23.72
Wow! I do have a bit of speed in there!!
Tom (36 yrs) led off 24.4
James (36 yrs) 23.72
Bill (67 yrs) 28.9 <-- I was most surprised by this split!
Rick (60 yrs) 31.8

200 IM - 2:13.30
27.41 / 35.01 / 39.35 / 31.53
This was fun. I was stroke for stroke with another guy for the first 100, but he didn't have the breaststroke skillz to hang after that. I ended up sucking a little wind on the final 50 to home, but I was happy with the overall result.

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Sunday:

1650 Free - 18:49.45 (Not quite superstardom, but still very acceptable)
29.34 / 32.85
34.07 / 34.46
35.23 / 34.72
35.75 / 34.61
35.49 / 35.26 (5:40ish)
35.29 / 35.06
35.06 / 35.18
35.20 / 32.86
33.95 / 33.96
34.40 / 34.75 (11:25ish)
34.40 / 34.60
34.70 / 34.75
34.75 / 34.98
34.36 / 34.35
33.76 / 33.87
33.27 / 32.72
31.45

As this swim was WAYYYYY too early in the morning for my body (9:15am), I really wasn't even consciously awake at the time we dove in. I decided I'd swim alongside Pat Lee next to me (who was a 19:48 entry time - he finished 19:18).
The first 100 of the race I just had fun playing off the walls, SDKing for about 8 big kicks off each wall, just staying nice and relaxed. Afterward, Pat said he hoped I wasn't going to be doing that the whole way!! I guess SDKing can be a psychological advantage to your competition in events like this!
Well, I let Pat take the lead, and I basically swam right off his hip (almost through the laneline) for the 1st half of the race. At the 700/750 it felt like he was fading a bit, so I decided to make my move and get the race going (the bolded split). I ended up going 6 seconds faster than my other swim this season, so that was nice.

50 Back in the 200 Medley Relay: 30.13
SDK'ed for as much legal distance as I could, but still a far cry from some 50-something female swimmer on the east coast!

200 Fly - 2:50.67***
I did this as 8 x Broken 25s!
There were only two of us in the event, and I wasn't feeling like trying to kill myself on this race. I already have a 2:11 in the books for the season, and I have another shot at it in Federal Way at the NW Zone meet next Saturday. So I decided to swim "with" the other swimmer in the heat with me, waiting until he'd gone through the turn and began the next length. And I got beat too by 0.3 seconds!! He thanked me for swimming alongside him, saying it helped him keep going strong.

500 Free - 5:15.80 (WOW!!!!!!!!!)
28.29 / 31.46
32.17 / 32.25
32.15 / 32.02
32.20 / 32.22
31.98 / 31.06
This was just great!! Only about 5 seconds slower than my best masters time that I did last year at Indy Nationals. My middle 300 was split very very consistent too. I honestly don't know where this swim came from, because I was basically a zombie getting up onto the blocks. I guess it's the "I don't give a $#!+" attitude I had beforehand that helped.

Maybe I'll have to continue working on my house more, doing lots of overtime at work, and try adding some new outdoor gardening/landscaping/other springtime projects to my resume!!! Cut the swimming out, and just do the meets!!


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Now I have the NW Zone SCY Champs meet to worry about next Saturday over in Federal Way. I signed up on the last day (Friday), as did a bunch of others from my LMSC. Maybe we'll even have some relays for fun!!!
I'm signed up for:
400 IM - 4:49.00 entry
200 Fly - 2:15.00 entry
50 Free - 27.10 entry (swimming it as 50 Fly)
100 IM - 1:02.10 entry
1000 Free - 11:05.00 entry

Now to see if I can keep the success going 6 days from now!

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Comments

  1. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    That's awesome James. A lot of fast swimming and it sounds like you had a lot of fun. Congratulations.
  2. pwb's Avatar
    James, that is truly an awesome meet. I'm damn impressed with everything, but particularly the 200 and 500 free. You need to bottle and market your training program like the USRPT folks - Ultra James Adams Get Up And Race Training Program (U-JAGUAR-TP)!
  3. jaadams1's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by StewartACarroll
    That's awesome James. A lot of fast swimming and it sounds like you had a lot of fun. Congratulations.
    Thanks Stewart, and yes it was a lot of fun, especially surprising results in fact!!
  4. jaadams1's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by pwb
    James, that is truly an awesome meet. I'm damn impressed with everything, but particularly the 200 and 500 free. You need to bottle and market your training program like the USRPT folks - Ultra James Adams Get Up And Race Training Program (U-JAGUAR-TP)!
    Thanks Patrick!! The 200 and 500 Free were definitely the best races of the weekend, and usually those are some of the toughy ones to do right!

    The U-JAGUAR-TP is simple, but most people couldn't handle it. It's harder than P90X!!!!
  5. chowmi's Avatar
    WOW! The 200 free and especially the 500 were super fast! I wonder if it's a combination of your doing the 1000/1650, and mixing in some very fast sprint bits, and then it really helped the middle events! So you are conditioned for both! Too bad you don't have video of the 200 fly! I'd like to see your wall-time technique, hahaha!!!!
  6. The Fortress's Avatar
    Great job, James. You are definitely the most mentally tough swimmer I know. OK, the 200 and 500 were excellent. But I'm most impressed with that 23.7 you threw down in the middle out of nowhere!
  7. jaadams1's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by chowmi
    WOW! The 200 free and especially the 500 were super fast! I wonder if it's a combination of your doing the 1000/1650, and mixing in some very fast sprint bits, and then it really helped the middle events! So you are conditioned for both! Too bad you don't have video of the 200 fly! I'd like to see your wall-time technique, hahaha!!!!
    Thanks Chow!! My 200 and 500 were pure but so swims, trying to stay ahead of competition. I don't like to lose no matter who, what, where or why we're racing.
    The 200 fly, I got told my turns were a little slow, probably something to work on. :-)
  8. jaadams1's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by The Fortress
    Great job, James. You are definitely the most mentally tough swimmer I know. OK, the 200 and 500 were excellent. But I'm most impressed with that 23.7 you threw down in the middle out of nowhere!
    Thanks Leslie! We just wanted to win the overall of the 200 free relay, and wanted to give our more senior swimmers a good lead. Now I need a 23.x on a flat start race again!