Umm... Ouch: USA-S 200 free
by, October 18th, 2009 at 05:13 PM (1248 Views)
Found out that I need 15 and up A times, not 17 and up, so I have A times in the 50 and the 100.
But not the 200...
A cut: 2:00.09
My time: 2:01.56
Splits: 27.38, 29.73, 31.96, 32.49
I went out a little too fast, but the real problem is my conditioning wasn't there. I needed to swim 27 high, 2 x 29high/30low, 29 mid. I am not sure taking it out a second slower would have saved the back half of the race.
It was very painful. I had several people tell me it looked very painful. I had people tell me they wanted to jump in and push me that last 50. If there was another 50, someone would have had to jump in and save me. I could go on, but I am not Jimby or P. Wolf.
So, more En3 for me. More kick sets.
I did talk to several swimmers behind the blocks. Each complaining that I was swimming in their heat Nothing to worry about, some NT kid in the same heat went a 1:54. One asked how old I was and if I didn't have A times already. I told him my A times were from 95 and didn't count anymore. All the interactions were humorous.
There were also two coaches making fun of me on my way to cool down (I was walking behind them). Talking trash about blowing out in the first 100... I never really liked coaches.
I have a problem now. The next BB meet that I can make is in Dec, which means I miss the Nov and Dec A meets, and it is the same weekend as the DAM Christmas Relays. That isn't really helping me compete more. So I need to figure out how to get an A time in the 200 free or find some other meets to swim the 200 at... or ask everyone to forget the breaking 1:50 goal
Alright, time to rehydrate with Pinot Noir.