poll of most feared event
poll of most feared event
While the 400 IM and the 1650 are very tough events,when you start them you know you will finish eventually, and that if you do everything technically right, you won't be DQ'd.In the 200 fly it is quite possible to mess your pacing up enough that you don't have the energy to recover your arms legally.
"To strive,to seek,to find,and not to yield" Tennyson
You must have a warped sense of fear to have put the top two greatest events in this list and one that easily makes the top 10 list. Alas, I could not participate in your poll.
I think if you want an accurate poll, you should include all events.
My top 3 most feared events would be:
- 200 free - ain't nobody know how to swim this godforsaken mess that can't decide if it's a sprint or a mid-distance race. SCY, SCM or LCM -- no matter which way you cut it, this race is hard, unfathomable and unbeatable.
- 50 free - screw up the start, turn, breakout, or, heck, even breathe one too many times and your race is shot. But, hey, even if you remove the turn in long course, this event also sucks as, after about the 30 meter mark, when you've taken your allotted one breath, your vision starts to fade into the tunnel and, in the midst of your hypoxic haze, you swear you start talking with ghosts of swimmers past.
- 200 long course breast stroke - If I can't swim at least 60% of my breaststroke via underwater pullouts, there's gonna be ugliness.
I'll second the 50 free. I hate it and would gladly take any of the three poll choices over it. I usually mess *something* up, resulting in a disappointing time. It's the one event that has gotten inside my head.
I voted for the 200 fly, but it and the 400 IM are some of my favorite events. I fully agree with pwb on the 200 lc breast!
All good points, but where fear is concerned, the 200 LCM fly stands alone among swimming events.
"I blame you, James!" - knelson
200 fly -
- 25 Yards: This isn't so bad. Long and smooth. Relaxed. I've trained for this.
- 50 Yards: Am I going out too fast? Or am I just awesome? Banking on "awesome."
- 75 Yards: Slow it down, bucko. Slowwww it down. Easy there. Ah, there we go. Let's start breathing every stroke. Michael Phelps does it. I can do it, too.
- 100 Yards: ****.
- 125 Yards: **** ****.
- 150 Yards: **** damn ass **** damn aaaaarggggggggggg.
- 175 Yards: And suddenly the pain is gone. There is no pain. Instead, a gentle feeling, like swaying trees in a soft cool wind. There is light there, just ahead. Light at the end of a long, dark tunnel. It is calling to me. It sweetly coos my name, "Hey there. Come here. There's no pain where we are." Siren song mistresses are singing, and I am lost in a vortex of my own euphoria. I see my great-grandfather there. And Harry Carey, he's there too. I can see lush palm trees and golden buildings and emerald-green pools of Jell-O. Rainbows and bunnies and everyone there wears an Olympic gold medal. Waterfalls of singing goldfish and beautiful Sports Illustrated Swimsuit models play harps and giggle together and lightly toss pillows, playfully, waving me closer, smiling, beckoning... The light is brighter now, they are laughing, cheering for me, whispering, "Almost there... almost there..." I slowly float away from my body, float away, laughing at that struggling, silly little boy swimming a 200 butterfly, hitting his last turn, blacking out, but I'm happier now, happier than I've ever been, because the pain is going away, there is no pain, there is only light, bright, white light, and slowly.... I float away.....
- 195 Yards: AWEOF@*@(%( oIHEF OE38@*(*#%(#%*(&%hjdsifa #FHFGOI ewohwefa @(*%)#%(jifjiajaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!! AOIWEJFOIWEF 2309@(%)&%@)**!*!!*@*@$(%(%@)
- 200 Yards: That wasn't so bad.
Meters is an entirely different event.
i think every race has its own uniqueness/pain
a 50 free can hurt like he77 as soon as you touch the wall for about 5mins or so.
a 1650 can hurt with an ache for hours and hours.
Fear? Fear? There is no fear!
Swimming a 200 fly -- even LCM -- is not an issue. Swimming it fast is an entirely different problem! (I have no clue.)“I'm not afraid of death; I just don't want to be there when it happens.” ― Woody Allen
As for "WTF am I doing here?" moments, there is a singular event that stands out, head and shoulders above all others, without peer or parallel: the 50 breast.
- It's a sprint
- It's breaststroke
What? Who thought it would be a good idea to race the 50 breast? Not me. It's not a race, it's a spasm. Maybe a seizure. I'm still tying to crack the top 300. The gods are laughing.
Hats off to anybody and everybody who understands how to swim the 50 breast. I can do a 200. But a 50? Not a chance.
I just finished my first 200 fly ever at the end of December (SCY). I have to admit I was scared to do it and that I hung on the walls far longer than I should have. But I agree with That Guy; the 200 LCM fly seems terrifying to me at this point. At least with short course you can hang on the walls and recover. LCM there's no where to hide! I'm planning on trying my first 200 LCM fly this summer. And every time I think about it, I already am getting butterflies in my stomach!
wait till you turn at the 150m and notice that the pool has grown so long that it curves with the earth!
Physical pain is one thing, but what is worse is the anticipation of the pain, the nerves before the block where you fear you will make one simple mistake and toss a year of training in the wastecan
I've never raced a 400 IM. I have done the 200 fly... twice. It was the first time and last time I would ever race that event. I think after the 100 fly, the rest of the IM would not be as painful as the second 100 fly. I break out in a cold sweat just thinking about having to race a 200.
REAL men race the 200 fly
smart men watch it
The 50 free does hurt way too much, you have about 15 seconds grace period until the pain sets in. And then you need to take a nap.
The 1650 hurts my brain at about the 150, which is where I lost count. And then it's so painful for me to count and convert the numbers to cumulative yardage, which is how I count. Perhaps why I miscount.
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