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SCM meet report!

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by , October 1st, 2014 at 03:17 PM (2040 Views)
WOW! It's been a really, really long time since I blogged. Too busy on flyertalk and other interesting websites instead.

This year the annual pool closure at Baylor was 3 weeks - yours truly decided to give up after about 10 days and just embrace bad eating habits, little exercise, hardly any pool time. I am truly at my max PSI pushing 150 lbs! It was funny being 5 lbs over, but that was 10 lbs ago and now it's not so funny anymore! I think my metabolic Dorian Gray has finally given up.

Here's how I did at the meet. BTW, I wasn't swimming very fast going into in, but I didn't want to miss out on some real racing! In order of racing,
50 breast 38.38
50 back 33.02
50 free 28.49
50 fly 31.03
400 IM 5:56.44

Those should all be respectable SCM top tens. I really starting dying at the 50 fly, which was my 4th. I was really slowing down right after the turn. The 400 IM was pretty tough, because I was still winded from the 50 fly. That's no way to start a 400 IM! So I just backed way off, and then decided that no, I didn't feel like going any faster and just hoped it was fast enough to break 6:00.

Next up: the Ron John, 11/15-16! I am going to work around these events to get as many top tens as possible. I need 5 more, assuming the 5 above make it, to get to 200 career top tens at the end of the SCM season, yeah! Quantity seems a good strategy now as I just can't get serious enough for long enough to go for any exceptional times.

Question: What do you think is a reasonable 200 IM SCM time? I can go 1:16 strong 100IM in workout, 1:12 last year in racing, and 2:50-2:55 200 IM in practice, and you see my 400 IM time above. I am thinking 2:40 low if I am also swimming a full lineup of events. That seems a tough event - not open enough for me to pull my 400 IM stunts, but long enough I can't rely on my sprinterness like in a 100 IM.

My thoughts on Phelps: What a knuckeheaded, knitwit, knumbskull knincompoop. 2nd DUI? Probably more like he got so lucky all those other times he didn't get caught a second time until now. Geez, how could you not know better?!!! Who's he partying with?What's it going to take? He probably still won't wake up until he kills someone. Darned either way as far as the Worlds team - if he's on, that's awkward. If he's off, how does that affect the team as well?

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  1. arthur's Avatar
    I think 2:40 is pretty accurate. If your speed decreases from 100 to 200 at the same rate as 200 to 400 then it comes out exactly at 2:40. If you are more suited for sprinting you could probably go a bit faster.

    It is pretty disappointing about Phelps. His apology sounds almost exactly the same as when he was 19. I was surprised the story made the front of the BBC and CBC news websites.
  2. Celestial's Avatar
    You know, we all know the other superstuds are drinking and smoking pot and whatever. But even though they aren't brain surgeons, somehow they manage to not get caught. Such a wonderful example for our youth
  3. chowmi's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by arthur
    I think 2:40 is pretty accurate. If your speed decreases from 100 to 200 at the same rate as 200 to 400 then it comes out exactly at 2:40. If you are more suited for sprinting you could probably go a bit faster.

    It is pretty disappointing about Phelps. His apology sounds almost exactly the same as when he was 19. I was surprised the story made the front of the BBC and CBC news websites.
    Thanks for confirming 2:40ish. Today we did a set of 4 times 4 x 50 Im order 1:00 fast, and I went roughly on average 36 40 46 36 so that's a 2:38. That freestyle was incredibly painful I may not swim the 200IM.

    The Dallas Morning New sports section is supposedly really good, but all they report on are the big 3 sports. Michael got a blip on the back page. In other news, EBOLA is a huge news story. One of the elementary schools cited is one block from our home office!
  4. chowmi's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Celestial
    You know, we all know the other superstuds are drinking and smoking pot and whatever. But even though they aren't brain surgeons, somehow they manage to not get caught. Such a wonderful example for our youth
    Celestial, exactly what orbit is he in? Get it, hahaha!! I think what makes me have no patience for this is that he is 29 years old. I must admit, it is hard NOT to overlay our own experience on others, and at 29, I was well on my way to being a professional woman- meaning, I was out of business school and really striving to establish myself. Drinking, partying, all that stuff was over by 21. And he's still doing it. It's like life hasn't changed for him - and he hasn't needed to change or "grow up". There doesn't seem to be any maturation and really, his one "job" has been swimming.
  5. Karl_S's Avatar
    Today we did a set of 4 times 4 x 50 Im order 1:00 fast, and I went roughly on average 36 40 46 36 so that's a 2:38.
    I haven't raced the 200 IM in decades, but for the 200s of bk, br and fr, I find that my add-up time for 4x50 with 8-12s rest after each 50 yields a good estimate of my meet time for the full 200. 4x50 on the 1:00 interval gives more rest and produces an add-up that is unrealistically quick as an estimate. YMMV

    Here is a link to an article I saw a few days ago that discusses how elite women swim the 200 IM:
    http://coachrickswimming.wordpress.c...im-the-200-im/
  6. The Fortress's Avatar
    Great job Chowmi! All very respectable times.

    Phelps is puzzling to me too. He could easily have called a car service or a friend. I think the heart of it is what that swimming world article said -- that champions often think they can do anything, including drive drunk safely. You would think that by 29, he'd have more of a grip on when he can't drive ...
  7. chowmi's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Karl_S
    I haven't raced the 200 IM in decades, but for the 200s of bk, br and fr, I find that my add-up time for 4x50 with 8-12s rest after each 50 yields a good estimate of my meet time for the full 200. 4x50 on the 1:00 interval gives more rest and produces an add-up that is unrealistically quick as an estimate. YMMV

    Here is a link to an article I saw a few days ago that discusses how elite women swim the 200 IM:
    http://coachrickswimming.wordpress.c...im-the-200-im/
    I agree. It's totally different swimming the 50 breast connected to the fly and back vs. having a 1 minute interval. Not the same event at all. For as bad as it hurt on the 1 min, I think I might just skip this event. There is always next year! On the other hand, since I just did the 400 IM, I probably can appreciate the 200 more instead of resenting how long it is.
  8. chowmi's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by The Fortress
    Great job Chowmi! All very respectable times.

    Phelps is puzzling to me too. He could easily have called a car service or a friend. I think the heart of it is what that swimming world article said -- that champions often think they can do anything, including drive drunk safely. You would think that by 29, he'd have more of a grip on when he can't drive ...
    I think a better story is the whole story - who was he with? What were they doing? Where were they? It sounds like he's hanging with people who aren't making good choices. I disagree that Phelps thinks he can do anything. I think he simply wasn't thinking and hasn't matured to where he can understand consequences.

    In a way, I think athletes with his history are stunted in growth. At nearly 30, he has really had very little life experience. He's had the same coach, environment, and his world is limited to swimming and peripherally acquainted with other athletes and hanger-on groupies. He's doing the same stupid things at 29 as he did at 19 because, well, he's in exactly the same enviornment and view of the world at 29 as at 19.