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Nats Day 1 - I'm no Katie Ledecky ...

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by , April 28th, 2016 at 01:06 PM (161 Views)
... and maybe I shouldn't have had that extra shot of espresso about 20 minutes ahead of my 1000 today, but the end result at least got me to my first level of 'swim nirvana' - a best time!

I will say that my trip out yesterday, last night and this morning was the smoothest and least nerve-wracking that I can ever recall before a big meet. I was ultra calm, felt almost no worry about my race today, slept very well - especially given the timezone change, and was supremely confident in warmups. Yes, I did get a little nerves around heat 19 ( I was in heat 23), but nothing like I normally feel before my first race at a Nationals. I'm sure it helped that my memories of swimming here in 2012 are beyond positive - I went 6 for 6 best times then and really surprised myself on some of my swims. It also helped that I was very confident in my training leading up to this.

I had a race plan going into the 1000 today that was very similar to what I've done the last two times I've raced it:
  • First 400 - try to get into a 13 SPL and feel smooth
  • Next 300 - as needed, bump up to 14 SPL
  • Next 200 - go to 15 SPL
  • Last 100 - whatever the hell I've got

... but I also decided that I was going to just go with whatever feel I had at the start of the race and try to get into a pretty fast stroke rate. The one thing I did not want to happen was to lock into too slow a stroke rate or to feel like I had too much left at the end of the race.

Well, I clearly accomplished the last goal - I was pretty hurting by around the 650-750 - and had as close to zero in the tank at the touch as I wanted. I also generally held to the stroke rate and count plan, though I could feel my stroke getting sloppy around the same point that I started to get tired. My splits tell the story of the pain ...
  • 500s - 4:58.3 - 5:11.6
  • 200s - 1:56.2 - 2:00.8 - 2:03.4 - 2:05.0 - 2:04.5

... but I touched just under 10:10 at 10:09.92 for the overall win and a best time by 4 seconds

The only bummer is that I was very close to my next level of swim nirvana - breaking our AZ State Record from the suit era, which was 10:09.09. When I touched the wall and saw how close I was to that, I was initially bummed that I didn't get it ... but I quickly got over that and am really pleased how the meet has started.

Of course ... I still think I can go faster next year as I really want to achieve my next level of 1000 swim nirvana - sub 10!

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Comments

  1. scyfreestyler's Avatar
    That's a really impressive swim, Patrick! Congratulations!

    I think you were the fastest swim across all age groups in the 1000 today.
  2. Karl_S's Avatar
    Congratulations on a grand grand!
    I figured that you would give Stewart a run but alas, I couldn't get live streaming to work
  3. knelson's Avatar
    Great swim! I'm sure your first 500 put a little scare into the rest of your heat.
  4. Kurt Dickson's Avatar
    Nice swim. As Nelson said, broke em early.
  5. flystorms's Avatar
    Great job and great attitude! You're right, now it gives you something to chew on for next year.
  6. rxleakem's Avatar
    Well done PWB
  7. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    You swam awesome today and it was a fun race. I was sure you hit the first 200 too fast but you held on. Congratulations my friend.
  8. The Fortress's Avatar
    I think your blog title is a little misleeafing --- that was a swim worthy of a Ledecky masters version! Congrats! Now you can just rest on your laurels for the rest of the meet.
  9. knelson's Avatar
    Putting the hammer down!

    1 Brundage, Maia 20 BRSM 4:49.01 4:57.43
    28.29 58.73 (30.44)
    1:29.51 (30.78) 2:00.63 (31.12)
    2:30.86 (30.23) 3:00.94 (30.08)
    3:30.68 (29.74) 3:59.87 (29.19)
    4:29.09 (29.22) 4:57.43 (28.34)
    2 Arnold, Allison A 23 TOC 5:11.04 4:58.27
    27.18 57.10 (29.92)
    1:27.31 (30.21) 1:57.79 (30.48)
    2:28.15 (30.36) 2:58.63 (30.48)
    3:28.87 (30.24) 3:59.00 (30.13)
    4:29.13 (30.13) 4:58.27 (29.14)
  10. pwb's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by scyfreestyler
    That's a really impressive swim, Patrick! Congratulations!

    I think you were the fastest swim across all age groups in the 1000 today.
    Thanks! In both the 1000 and the 1650 with Steve Unruh's impressive win, the 'old guys' won the overall event.
  11. pwb's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Karl_S
    Congratulations on a grand grand!
    I figured that you would give Stewart a run but alas, I couldn't get live streaming to work
    Bummer about the live stream, but I like the moniker - a grand grand.
  12. pwb's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by knelson
    Great swim! I'm sure your first 500 put a little scare into the rest of your heat.
    Either that or they thought, "That dude's gonna die like a stuck pig."
  13. pwb's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Kurt Dickson
    Nice swim. As Nelson said, broke em early.
    Thanks, Kurt.
  14. pwb's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by flystorms
    ...now it gives you something to chew on for next year.
    Yeah, it's kind of cool. While I loved distance swimming in high school, I fell out of love with it in college and when I 'retired' after college, I never thought I'd re-find that teenaged love for the 800/1000/1500/1650. I do believe I have uncovered it!
  15. pwb's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by rxleakem
    Well done PWB
    Thanks!
  16. pwb's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by StewartACarroll
    You swam awesome today and it was a fun race. I was sure you hit the first 200 too fast but you held on. Congratulations my friend.
    Thanks, Stewart. In hindsight, I probably did hit the first 200 too fast for where I ended up. If I was going to get under 10 (my third level of swim nirvana), I was right where I needed to be. Just gotta do a lot more training to hold onto that front-half speed for the back half of the race.
  17. pwb's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by knelson
    Putting the hammer down!

    1 Brundage, Maia 20 BRSM 4:49.01 4:57.43
    28.29 58.73 (30.44)
    1:29.51 (30.78) 2:00.63 (31.12)
    2:30.86 (30.23) 3:00.94 (30.08)
    3:30.68 (29.74) 3:59.87 (29.19)
    4:29.09 (29.22) 4:57.43 (28.34)
    2 Arnold, Allison A 23 TOC 5:11.04 4:58.27
    27.18 57.10 (29.92)
    1:27.31 (30.21) 1:57.79 (30.48)
    2:28.15 (30.36) 2:58.63 (30.48)
    3:28.87 (30.24) 3:59.00 (30.13)
    4:29.13 (30.13) 4:58.27 (29.14)
    Yeah. She's just come off a team break after Canadian Trials, so she said she was going to focus on negative splitting and did it perfectly, practically a perfect descend from the 3rd to 10th 50.
  18. pwb's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by The Fortress
    I think your blog title is a little misleeafing --- that was a swim worthy of a Ledecky masters version!
    I like that idea - a Ledecky Masters version