It's been a busy day, i went to practice, then I had a business training session from 8:00 am - 1:00 pm. 5:00 am this morning I wrote today's tip.
since my groin felt OK this morning at work out when I kicked breastroke, I decided to swim the 400 IM and try to break 4:33.40, Tom Wolf's 400 Yd IM zone record set in 1997 .
I drove down to san antonio and checked in for the 400 IM at and warmed up. I warmed up with Ross Davis, we did 4 x 50 pace fl, bk, br and fr on a minute.
While at the pool I caught a glimpse of Bobby Patten but didn't have a chance to say hi, I saw and visited with Graham Johnston, Lance Gordon, Larry Wood, Laura Koch and Josh Davis. Larry was wearing the new fast skin II hi neck body suit and says it's much better than the old fast skins. I can't wait to try one.
As I prepped for the 400 IM, I kept reminding myself I wanted to go really easy on the fly and back, swim a fairly strong breastroke then bring home the free. I put on my old fast skin and my silicone longhorn cap.
The last womens 400 IM finished and the started called my heat to the blocks.
here's how it went
fl 27.21 32.42 59.63
bk 35.04 34.37 69.41
br 36.83 38.64 75.47
fr 31.87 29.53 61.40
my over all time was 4:25.91
so I set a new zone record in the 40 - 44 age group.
as for the race itself.
FLY My fly felt really easy and I barely kicked. I wanted to save my legs.
BACK I stayed relaxed on back, didn't dolphin much off the walls
the water felt a litttle funny just above my right calf.
After the race I realized there was a wrinkle in my fast skin.
my next tip will be to smooth all the wrinkles out or your fast skin before your race. it just takes a little tugging to get rid of it.
Breast I'm disappointed that I dropped off so much on the 2nd 50, but I'm pleased with the 1:15 split.
Free, I confess, I two beat kicked the first 75 of my last 100, I saw someone beside me and switched to a 6 beat kick. That's why my second 50 was so much faster than my first.
I've got more swims tommorrow
I'll let you know how it goes.
I spoke to my buddy Pete Nunan who gave the old fast skin to Ethan. Ethan swam his 500 today, he told people he'd be happy if he went 4:55 and secretly hoped to go 4:52. Any way Ethan went 4:42 in his 500 and just obliterated his expected time.
Way to go!
Pete told me Ethan also went 1:44 in his 200 free.
Wish me luck,