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After a long rest

City of Plano USAS Meet Day 2

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I had a long warm down yesterday after the 1500 and I benefitted this morning. I woke expecting to be sore but actually felt pretty good, just the normal tiredness associated with a meet. Today was an easier day in comparison to yesterday and I swam the 100 free, 200 back and the 800 free. My daughter on the other hand had 5 swims. We both had pretty decent days.

100 free 57.53 - I felt great through about 80m and then started to tie up pretty bad. I had hoped to go sub 57 and I know if I had not tied up I would have been 56. This gives me some thing to work on and I am hopeful I can go 55 with some more training, a full taper and a shave.

200 back 2:25.03 - this came very quickly after the 100 free and I had no expectation for this event. I felt really good throughout the whole swim and I was very pleasantly surprised with this time. I could be wrong but I think this maybe a life time best. I don't believe I swam this since I was about since I was about 12 years old. The most exciting part of this was the fact that my legs did not die and my lungs felt great throughout.

800 free 9:35.05 - this was a strange race because I was hurting at 500 but somehow found a second wind and I had a big drop on my last 100 and actually had something left in the tank at the end. In fact I wish I had picked it up a little more at the 600 turn. I have a lot of work to do on this particular event but I will be ready by worlds for a fast swim.

My daughter also had some terrific swims and dropped times on all her events today. It was also quite special because she counted for me on my 800 and high dived me at the end of my 200 back. Being on deck at her meets has been very cool. I suspect in a few years she will not want me on deck, but right now it's great fun to see her from afar interacting with her friends and seeing her swim really fast.

Based on all the travel and the disruption this has caused to my training schedule I was very happy with the meet this weekend. I am in Dallas this week and will have a good week of training but I travel to Korea next Sunday for a week. I am hoping to train in the 1988 Olympic pool in Seoul but it may depend on the weeks agenda.

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  1. cclarke's Avatar
    Stewart great meet this week-end. Times are very solid for not really being rested and "mid-season". I am hitting it hard in LCM now and it looks like I am heading to USMS LC Nats due to my daughter swimming in Jr. Nationals which conflicts with Masters Worlds. We will have to meet up another time to cross
  2. pwb's Avatar
    Very nice swims today, especially that 200 back.

    RE:
    I suspect in a few years she will not want me on deck, but right now it's great fun to see her from afar interacting with her friends and seeing her swim really fast.
    ... it all depends upon what kind of kid she is. My oldest was cool with me doing the USAS meet thing until she was about 15 and then she politely asked me to step away. It was cool and I understood it. What will be fun is, hopefully, some day swimming Masters with one or more of my daughters.

    Great meet for you this weekend.
  3. Sojerz's Avatar
    nice swims Stewart - 6 tough events in 2 days.
  4. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    Thanks everyone. I had a great time this weekend. Whenever I swim with the kids it reaffirms why I love the sport....its so much fun!!

    Most of the kids on the team know me by now and they are very supportive. I try not to say too much but every once in a while I get an opportunity to give a kid some advice and its very rewarding.