USA-S 100 free
by, October 17th, 2009 at 05:32 PM (806 Views)
Went a 54.0x, needed a 53.59.
After warming up 2 hours before my swim yesterday, I changed my game plan. There is one lane set aside for warm up and cool down, and it is the cluster you would expect it to be with 10 lanes of competition feeding it. But I thought a warm up near my swim would help.
The plan was to get to the meet as warmup ended with just enough time to check in. I was swimming in the 3rd event of the day, and the second event was relays, so it would only have a few heats. Once the relays started, I would hop in and warm up until my race.
Everything went as planned actually. I got to the pool, checked in and the place was packed. Found a seat, and was worried that they roped off the cool down lane because they wised up and didn't want people goofing around next to the race. What they really wanted was people to not enter from the starting block end, so I was safe. A little worried I wasn't going to have a warm up for a second.
Warm up was a 50 every time the warm up lane dropped to only 4 people swimming. I got one solid 100 in as well, and this actually was a great warm for the 100. Maybe 400 total.
There were 7 heats of NT. That is 69 kids (and me) swimming the 100 free for the first time at a USA-S meet. Kinda surprising. By virtue of name I was in the 6th heat.
My swim itself was decent, I just didn't have what I needed. I had one bad turn when the touch pad was a little grippier than expected, causing me to go deep, but I really worked my turns in warm up, and my turns off the far wall were solid.
The 200 free will be a near thing using Ande's magic equation. I went 54.04(?), so double that and add 10 seconds, 1:58.08... I need to go 1:58.09, so there is room to spare.
Nerves were a non-issue today. Warm up was much better. I am really starting to agree with ehoch, I need racing practice.
This morning, did some broomstick twists and used the foam roller on the legs. That really loosened things up, and I think I will make it a regular pre meet warm up.
For Tim: My lifetime best 100 is 50.0x and my Zones time was 54.22 shaved with legskins.
I expected this to be the most difficult A cut to make. Hopefully I am right and I can break 1:58 tomorrow.