I missed this entire section - where was I??? I have not been on the forums for a few days and missed my own gridge. Literally and figuratively this year!
Well, here's the scoop from my end. I'm going to stick with the story that I didn't get the memo and joined the wrong gridge. I was duking it out with the 27 crowd! Just kidding, it was a super fun meet! I give the Colonies zone meet a super big thumbs up!!!!! I never saw Fort during the race, she was on the other side. I was with 2 other 27'ers and we were all very close. I went faster than my 27.4 at South Central zones, so time wise i was happy (27.2), but even more happy with the execution of 1/1 breathing down/back as I mentally lapsed at SC zones and took way too many breaths. It is more luck of the draw, but I hit both the turn and finish on the walls, which I did not at SC zones.
Why did I not go as fast as the last several years (26.6 to 26.9)? And in fact, I was just about .50 seconds off in all the 4 x 50 events. I chose to start P90X and am 30 days in. I worked my swimming around it, not the X around swimming. It has been a nice break! But I still love meets. I'll stille even travel for a meet even though i'm not in top form. Who cares! I don't! Here I come! The other big reason is my left shoulder was bothering me, so I completely avoided Fratenity of Flyers month (March) which is arguably why I am so strong come zone champs time (late March/April).
I simply didn't put in the fly training to have the speed and strength of prior years. But that's not a bad thing. My shoulders didn't hurt after swimming, and that was the entire reason for not doing fly in workouts! It was still really fun, I am very pleased with this time, I hope it stands for a top ten, and the SC zone swim was a big wake up call on mentally lapsing, which rarely happens but when it does - I paid particular attention to this at Colonies - it was a very well executed swim. All of my 50 times were just about .50 off my "recent best" masters times, so that is also a good sign - that it is not one stroke or event that is way "off". You can control some things, others not, the key is to know what you can and cannot control. I was hoping I could still muster a 26.99, but alas, it just wasn't there. I can't say "I coulda woulda shoulda!" because I did everything possible - I showed up, entered with an aggressive entry time to ensure center seeding and signal i'm going to race, and I executed my race strategy, plus had the luck o' the walls.
Fort had an awesome race! I only saw the video and my spidery not-yet-fully P90X'd out arms flailing in the background, but you could tell the well-oiled precision of her swim along with the strength! I can't wait to read what the naysayers are going to come up with as her handicap for this national record, tee hee!!!
Oh and here's the PNA results: http://www.bluewave-aquatics.com/fck...ltswSplits.pdf
102.9.5 First and last names of eligible relay swimmers, their ages and order of
swimming shall be submitted to the clerk of course or to the head lane
timer. Any changes in names of the competing swimmers or their order of
swimming must be declared to the head lane timer prior to the start of the
relay heat in which such relay team is entered. No changes will be permitted
That appears to mean that, as long as your heat hasn't started, and provided you tell the head timer in your lane, you can legally change the order of swimmers. Jayhawk or Rob, correct me if I'm reading that wrong please!
Potomac Valley Top Ten Recorder and Sanctions Chair
USMS Rules committee
Naysayers are a downer. We are all trying to do our best, hopefully improve, or at least have fun while trying. I had a great time swimming, cheering and filming friends and forumites at CZ last weekend.
Here is a meet with deck entries allowed. It's not quite as fast and loose as what you describe above, but deck-entering still allows for a degree of gridge secrecy that is not found in most meets.