Breathing is Good! Friday, July 17
by, July 17th, 2009 at 09:48 PM (4101 Views)
Survived the 100 fly LC today at Jr. Champs! Whew!
I used the recommended 2 up, 1 down breathing pattern for almost the entire race. Out of force of habit, I had a couple of every others. I think this helped a ton; I felt stronger throughout the race with no disruption of rhythm! I still crashed and burned with 10 yards to go and almost couldn't recover the arms the last couple strokes, but it wasn't nearly as bad as last year. I went 2 seconds faster today unrested than I did last year when I was fully tapered (same suit, same pool). The time board showed 1:12.2, but the time was reported as 1:12.5. Splits were 33.6 and 38.8. Not great, but still vastly better than last year when I split 33/41.
Had to swim in the final heat in lane 1 due to a couple scratches, which I hate. But I didn't catch any wake.
Took 11 dophin kicks on the start out to exactly the 14.9 meter mark. Freaked out the poor kid.
Took a coffee break on the the turn for big air intentionally.
Floated at least a foot very slowly into the final wall. But I just couldn't bring myself to take another stroke.
Mini's coaches said I looked very "strong." Mini said my stroke looked "good." (This is more feedback than usual. lol)
Definitely going to use this breathing pattern again, and will likely try it in SCY. This may actually enable me to kick further in SCY ...
I'm hoping I can make it out to swim my 100 back tomorrow. I spent about 2 and 1/2 hours in the car today going back and forth to the meet. Out A meet tomorrow AM is in Mt. Vernon, so it will be a bit of a rush unless I go straight to U of Md.
I saw the prelim TT came out. Unfortunately, I also see that both of the 100 backs I swam during the SCY season -- at the September Shootout in Cary NC and at the Auburn Invitational in Alabama were NOT on the list. I'm ticked about this. Both meet entry forms said the times would be submitted, I had received written confirmation from the meet director that my split request form & time were sent to the TT recorder, and the then DZ TT recorder sent me an email (which I believe I reported on my blog) confirming that she would submit the time. Yet both times are AWOL. I have sent emails to Ed Saltzman (DZ TT Recorder) and Mary Beth Windrath), but I doubt there is much that can be done. If not, I won't be attending meets in the Dixie Zone again. I know Cream Puff has had difficulty getting her USA times submitted as well. I'm just not a fan of incompetence. So while I'm very happy with my 100 fly time from today, this was kind of a downer. But I guess I know what I swam.