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AZ State meet results

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I had a great time visiting chowsh!!

It was so nice to visit my faaavorite (and only) sister, and have free food, lodging, and transportation! We had fun eating out and I started my own drawer at her house. I left my tall UGGs and a pair of wind-resistant sweat pants (I have another pair at home). I bought 2 pairs of flip flops and left 1 pair at her house. In the future, i'll probably leave underwear, sneakers, and assorted bottoms. I can always borrow tees and tops from chowsh!

Well, here's how I did:

50 free split (100 free) 25.19 good
Better! Getting close to 24.99. Tall Paul said I caught a big wave from the incoming field and that I probably should do a split from a slower event and heat, which I agree. I thought it was just me and that I was plankton feeding off the breakout, but perhaps part of it was the big wave as well. I wasn't sure if I was going for a split or not, so I entered at the midway with a 1:00.00.

100 breast 1:14.94 (34.98 39.96) ouch!
I think I tried too hard and was turning over and slipping. I should have taken longer and stronger pull--kick and instead was spinning my wheels. Well, at least now I know! I think my 1:14.8 from last week will stand for top ten this year.

50 fly 27.60 meh
I was actually going to skip this but decided nearly at the last minute to get up and get another trial 50 fly under my belt. I was glad I did, because I totally did NOT breakout smooth on the dive or the turn - I did one of the too-deep-pop ups. It startled me, but I wasn't entirely surprised. As I have been getting my fly mojo back, i've also painfully noticed I need to start feeling to breakout better, and certainly this race showed I am not there yet.

Skipped 50 breast.

200 fly 2:25.06 (32.23 37.96 (1:10.19) 38.87 36.00 (1:14.87)) solid
I was very happy with this time. I think it will stand for top ten this year, which is what I was going for. I haven't swum it SCY since 2007, so just like my 200 breast, I backed way off on the 2nd 50, probably too much, as I had a lot (relatively) left in the tank to make it look good on the last 50. I think a 5.5 second spread is too much, and that set up the 3rd 50 at a slower pace as well.

Day 2
100 IM 1:03.50 (29.31 34.19)
I was really happy with this time. I think it's in line with my 100 back/100 fly, where historically I am just a bit slower than my 100 back and about a second slower than my 100 fly. My sister said that I went too deep on the backstroke but also did not go very fast or far on the underwater. But everything else was pretty good, and my breast was not so rushed and I didn't "spin and slip" like the 100 breast.

Skip 50 free
Skip 200 breast

100 back 1:02.78 (30.43 32.35) very good
I was super happy with the outdoor 100 back. Perhaps pwbrundage was right about the sun, I don't know, except that I really couldn't see anything and just didn't worry about going straight, but I suppose I did. I could see well enough for around when I was under the flags, but didn't even think about when exactly that was. I just turned on "about 2" strokes under the flags, whenever that was, and when my face was in the water, then i'd very quickly adjust my arm speed to how close/far I was from the wall and move in a continuous motion. I had too many other things to worry about, like when my butt was about to fall off from the pain and not sitting up. I think it was a quality split. I could really tell my lack of race-pace training. The last turn, I totally bagged the UW kicks and just kicked freestlye, or at least I was telling myself to, because I was pretty numb down there. And then said, crimey, i'm a lousy 1/2 way under the flags off this last turn.

The end.

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Done with SCY! I think I will get 12 top ten times.i Major goal is to get to 200 as soon as possible. If these all make it, I will have about 12 to go.

50/100 free 25.19 56.3
50/100/200 back 29.5 1:02.7 2:19
50/100/200 breast 34.5 1:14.8 2:44.2 ==>iffy. will have to wait and see.
50/100/200 fly 27.4 1:02.1 2:25.0
100 IM 1:03.5

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I don't want to train long course. It does not sound fun to swim outside in crowded lanes with people going less than 5 seconds apart. I might just stay out of the sun in the 25 SCM pool and do race pace stuff!

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  1. The Fortress's Avatar
    Another great meet! I am so impressed that you got in 12 times in SCY. The 100s seem to be your sweet spot this season. And 200 fly?! I can't fathom even getting to the finish line in that one. What was your #1 favorite event/time of the season?
  2. chowmi's Avatar
    HI Fort! I think my favorite was the 100 fly at 1:02.1. I really appreciate being able to swim fly again, and to put some umph into that race with control and standing on the blocks knowing that yes, I am going to finish and let's see how fast I can go. It's so nice to swim a race and even before the end of the season, to know (or at least have no doubt in your own mind) that it will make top ten (based on my detailed, historical analysis). And as soon as you start ungracefully getting out of the pool on your knees, elbows, or whatever, to be thinking, I know I can go faster!

    What was your favorite and/or most meaningful swim so far? You must blog about the 100 fly and 100IM!
  3. The Fortress's Avatar
    Without a doubt, my 50 back and 50 fly on Saturday we're my favorites. I was also pretty darn happy with my 100 breast from last weekend. 100 IM was my most disappointing event of the season.
  4. jaadams1's Avatar
    Nice job Michelle!! You even beat me in the 200 fly this weekend! ;-)
  5. arthur's Avatar
    Nice swims again. I hate it when I am too deep on the dive on the 50 fly! Something I need to focus on too.
  6. __steve__'s Avatar
    Splendid racing!



    Quote Originally Posted by chowmi
    I don't want to train long course.
    Does this also mean no LCM racing this year?
  7. pwb's Avatar
    I was so busy racing and cooling down on Saturday that I completely missed all of those races, but I saw your IM on Sunday and thought that looked great. I was expecting to watch you rock the 50 free, so was disappointed not to see that.

    I am glad you had a great time this weekend - come back next year and bring some more DAM people along.

    Tell your sister she's an awesome official saint - I see her working so many meets, age group and Masters -- it's impressive.
  8. chowmi's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by jaadams1
    Nice job Michelle!! You even beat me in the 200 fly this weekend! ;-)
    Did I really???!!! Well, it would be fun to swim it together some time! Maybe another AZ meet!!
  9. chowmi's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by __steve__
    Splendid racing!



    Does this also mean no LCM racing this year?
    haha! no, I will race LCM, but not make a serious effort to train LCM. It will be good to just get up on the blocks and go, but not take the summer too seriously. I'd like to do another round of P90X and just swim indoors!
  10. chowmi's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by pwb
    I was so busy racing and cooling down on Saturday that I completely missed all of those races, but I saw your IM on Sunday and thought that looked great. I was expecting to watch you rock the 50 free, so was disappointed not to see that.

    I am glad you had a great time this weekend - come back next year and bring some more DAM people along.

    Tell your sister she's an awesome official saint - I see her working so many meets, age group and Masters -- it's impressive.
    I got to swim next to Misty Hyman in the 100 IM! That was a very strong race for me! I had to skip the 50 free and 200 breast to rest up for the 100 back. For some reason, the 100 free and 100 back take so much more out of me. Great to see you! I'll certainly be back to AZ!!!