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Saturday 06082019: Local meet, and Sun-Mon workouts

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by , June 10th, 2019 at 05:57 PM (165 Views)
I did my 2nd, "meet," of the year on Saturday, which is rather rare. I haven't done more than one meet in a year (if at all in a year) in at least 15 years.
when I saw the number of entrants per event on Friday, any hopes of being near my seed times (let alone any PB's) were quickly dashed.

the meet was at the Austin Swim Club, way in the southwest part of town (a good 45 min drive for me). they have a tiny parking lot right there, which was full, so I had to park in a garage at a nearby office complex and hoof it over.
I had signed up for the max/5 events
there were 60 swimmers at the event.

w/u: about 1200m. a little short of what I wanted (about 1500), but not bad. I hadn't been in a 50m pool in almost 2 years, but with the o/w training I've been doing, it really wasn't too rough of a transition to LCM.

Event #2: 200 breast.
My PB: 3:13.81, way back in 2003, when I was actually training breaststroke
I swam a 3:17.59 back in 2011, when I was about 20 pounds lighter (running marathons/cycling).
Saturday's time: 3:25.13 (I had seeded 3:33), not bad, considering that I'm not really training breast like I used to.

Event #4: 400 free (I got about 2 minutes of rest after the 2breast):
My PB: 5:37.30, back in 2012
Last swim (2017): 5:48.16
Saturday's time: 6:01.98 (my seed was 5:50). I'm not sure that more rest would have given me 10+ seconds, but I'm sure it would have helped.

Event #7: 200 free (I did a 200 between events, relaxed a little)
My PB: 2:46.19 (2002, the only time I swam it before)
Saturday's time: 2:55.05 (had seeded at 2:40)

Event #11: 100 breast (did 300 easy between events)
My PB: 1:29.43 (2010, just slightly ahead of my 2002 time)
Saturday's time: 1:36.65 (had seeded at 1:38)

Event #15: 50 breast
My PB: 41.35 (2010, and I spaced off the blocks and did a bunch of dolphin kicks, but no one noticed)
Saturdays's time: :44.07 (had seeded :48)


After that I did a 300 cool down, then got out, showered, and we had our LMSC meeting on-site. I'm an at-large board member so I figured since I was going to the meeting anyway, I might as well swim.


Overall meet thoughts:
I registered and swam way too many events for a 2-hour meet. I imagined there would be at least 2-3 heats of 100 fly in between my 2breast and 4free (perhaps several heats of 2breast too). there was 1 heat of 2breast (3 swimmers).
basically if I do a meet like this again, no more than 3 events, if I want them to be anywhere near PB's.
It was nice to catch up with some guys who I used to swim with when there was a masters group at Sendero, and I think I convinced at least 1 to join me for some crazy swims at Barton Springs (still working on the other). I met a few guys from the team who I affiliate with (when I saw my name highlighted on a heat sheet it almost freaked me out). and I met a guy from a swimming Facebook group. so there's that.

given my focus on open water, I expected my breast times to be slower, and they were, but all better than my seed times, so that's a plus.
I really wanted my free events to be better...but I think it was just a lack of rest. I did the 5free at nationals (the first event of the day), and put that time into swimswam's calculator to get a time estimate (then added a few seconds), but I just had no recovery (well that's my excuse at least).

I'm debating if I will do the zone LCM meet next month, at Texas A&M. I did it 2 years ago. fantastic facility. usually gets a decent amount of swimmers (about 250), so enough time between events to swim down/warm-up and relax, but not endless like at nationals.
competing with zones is the Bear Lake 10k (in Utah). definitely a bit more pricey (flights, probably 4 nights in hotels, rental car). but that is my thing right now.


Sunday PM swim @ gym pool:
drove to Sendero, but they were closed, some issue with chemicals. drove to Creekside, but they had 2 lap lanes set up, and both looked crazy. so I drove to the gym and had a lane to myself (a guy asked to circle with me just as I was finishing up).
got in 4500 yards, not really anything inspiring. really wanted to swim to work on any soreness from the meet. there were 3 x 500s, one with fins, one without toys, and one with Agility paddles + buoy.


Monday AM swim @ gym pool
again, drove to Sendero...no sign of life. so went to the gym, and had my own lane.
1200 w/u
100 kick w/fins + board
4 x 125 w/fins, done as 25 drill/25 swim/25 stroke/25 swim/25 drill
100 kick w/fins + board
500 swim w/fins
100 kick w/fins + board
5 x 300 @ 4:30 swim (no toys)
300 w/Agility paddles + buoy
250 swim w/parachute (free)
250 w/d
TTL: 4800 yards

--my first 300 (of the 5) seemed very slow. so much that I did it on 4:35, and thought I'd need to do the rest on that interval. but the others just really clicked and I kept the 4:30 (was always on :05 or :35). maybe I should have done 100 easy without toys first. could have been going from kicking, who knows. times were 4:23, 4:12, 4:13, 4:17, and 4:17, then 4:08 with the toys.
--I'm trying to swim at least 200 with a chute during most of my swims now. it is supposed to simulate swimming against a current/wind and be good for o/w training. I had planned to swim 300, but miscounted. that time was 4:42, so it really does slow me down.

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