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Shock in the back!

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by , December 6th, 2013 at 10:34 PM (136 Views)
I managed to make it down to the most excellent Brenda Villa Aquatic Center this afternoon in time to race at the SPMS SCM Championship. I know it will be cool once the new pool is built at Long Beach and the meet moves back there, but this is a VERY good pool for racing -- deep, diving well-depth at the start transitioning to still probably 6' at the turn with a deep bulkhead that almost feels like a real wall (at least visually since it goes so low in the water). For any hairy, wookiee-like backstrokers out there, it is most optimal for backstroke as the piping on the ceiling runs right over the lanes. For any female sprinters who hate getting seeded in the outside lanes, the outside lanes have a lane rope between them and the wall with about 3' of distance between that lane rope and the wall. If the meet is here next year and I can swing it, I will absolutely make this my SCM taper meet. As for the swimming, I shocked myself ... but not in the event I really came to race (the 200 IM), but the 200 back.

Oh yeah, and just in case I haven't said it before, Paul Smith is a wise, wise coach. More on that later.

200 IM
  • Jammers Best time: 2:16.10 (2011)
  • Ron Johnson two weeks ago: 2:18.31
  • Today: 2:16.32
  • Commentary:
    • I'll take this. I thought I could dip under 2:16, but I've only gone under 2:18 the one time, so this was good.
    • I am guilty, however, of letting the excitement of racing some 'young studs' (e.g., the 33-40 year olds around me) get to me. In retrospect -- though it felt soooo fun and good at the time -- I went out too hard on the fly and backstroke. I was out in 28.7 vs. 29.6 from my 2011 swim and then was faster again on my backstroke, putting me 1.4 seconds ahead of my 2011 swim at the 100. I paid for it on the back half of the race and didn't quite have the powerful finish I had visualized. Still, that swim alone made the trip worth it.



100 free
OK. The meet ran a little faster than I expected, but maybe about 5-7 minutes faster. The ~40 minutes of rest I thought I'd have between the IM and the 100 free seemed like 5 minutes (though it was probably still 35). I had done a gentle 400 cool-down after the IM, but my heart was still beating much higher than I expected when my heat was called. As this was a positive check-in meet, I didn't want to skip the race and figured that the tiredness would prevent me from gunning the first 50 like I had done in the 200 IM. I fully intended to race this and see what I could do ... I think I had a snappy start and felt fine for about 15 meters, but, by the time I made the turn at the 25, my body and soul were just not into this. I rationalized my transitioning into loaf-speed by saying that I'd have a good 200 back. By the 50 turn, I reminded myself that Paul Smith had told me not to race more than 2 hard events at a taper meet, so I slowed down even more.

I floated in to a 1:05, well behind the 53-56 range of the rest of the heat. When I pulled myself out of the pool, the young timers asked me if I was OK. One of them said he thought he was going to have to call the EMTs!

I should've listened to the Wise Tall Paul and not checked in for this, but, my loafing was not for nought, though.

200 back
  • Jammers Best time: 2:24.16 (earlier this fall)
  • Tech suit best time: 2:12.43 (Rowdy Gaines, 2009)
  • Today: 2:15.17
  • Commentary:
    • WOW! I knew from the Ron Johnson meet that my backstroke was feeling good, but this felt great. My splits were great -- 32.7, 33.9, 34.1, 34.3 -- and I just felt powerful.
    • I really didn't believe the time. I was hoping to go sub 2:20 and thought a 2:17+ was a stretch time. It has been a long time since my 200 back time was faster than my 200 IM and 200 fly time.
    • If I had to say what was my swim of the season, it would be this one.



All in all, well worth the ~3 hour diversion.

Pools I've trained and/or competed in since 2007


  1. Cactus Aquatic Center (Scottsdale, AZ)
  2. Brophy Sports Campus (Phoenix, AZ)
  3. Lifetime Fitness (Scottsdale, AZ)
  4. Lifetime Fitness (Skokie, IL)
  5. Lifetime Fitness (Austin, TX)
  6. Somerville YMCA (Somerville, NJ)
  7. Raritan Valley Community College (Branchburg, NJ)
  8. IUPUI Natatorium (Indianapolis, IN)
  9. UT Swim Center (Austin, TX)
  10. U of Arizona Hillebrand Swim Center (Tucson, AZ)
  11. Talisman Centre Competition Pool (Calgary, Alberta)
  12. U of Lethbridge Max Bell Swim Centre (Lethbridge, Alberta)
  13. Crystal Pool (Victoria, British Columbia)
  14. Oaks Christian School (Westlake Village, CA)
  15. Lifetime Fitness (Berkeley Heights, NJ)
  16. Jewish Community Center (Scottsdale, AZ)
  17. McDowell Mountain Ranch Aquatic Center (Scottsdale, AZ)
  18. Desert Breeze Pool (Las Vegas, NV)
  19. The Olympic Club (San Francisco)
  20. Janet Evans Sports Complex (Fullerton, CA)
  21. Woollett Aquatic Center / Irvine High School (Irvine, CA)
  22. Bruce Hazard Pool @ Mission Valley YMCA (San Diego)
  23. UCSD Canyonview Pool (San Diego)
  24. Villanova University (Philadelphia, PA)
  25. Kino Aquatic Center (Mesa, AZ)
  26. Hilton Head Island Rec Center (Hilton Head, SC)
  27. YMCA Aquatic Center (Orlando, FL)
  28. Westin Sohna-Gurgaon (India)
  29. Reading Central Pool (Reading, England)
  30. Optimist Park (Raleigh, NC)
  31. Pullen Aquatic Center (Raleigh, NC)
  32. NOVA Aquatics Center shallow pool (Richmond, VA)
  33. Lifetime Fitness (Cary, NC)
  34. Philadelphia Airport Marriott
  35. Berkeley Aquatic Club (Berkeley Heights, NJ)
  36. Chatham County Aquatic Center (Savannah, GA)
  37. Lifetime Fitness (Tempe, AZ)
  38. Clarke Swim Center 25 SCY course (Walnut Creek, CA)
  39. Holy Names University (Oakland, CA w/Manatee Masters)
  40. B.A.D.A.S.S. Pool (Scottsdale, AZ)
  41. Summit YMCA (Summit, NJ)
  42. George Washington Rec Center (Alexandria, VA)
  43. ACAC -- old 50M pool (Midlothian, VA)
  44. Centennial Indoor Pool (Cranford, NJ)
  45. Mission Viejo Dive Tank pool (Mission Viejo, CA)
  46. Mesa Carson Westwood Aquatic Complex (Mesa, AZ)
  47. Lifetime Fitness (Goodyear, AZ)
  48. Victoria YMCA (Victoria, BC)
  49. Issaquah Julius Boehm Pool (Issaquah, WA)
  50. Charles Hadley Pool (Miami, FL)
  51. Pompano Beach Aquatic Center (FL)
  52. Culver City Municipal Plunge (CA)
  53. Stanford Avery Aquatic Center - Baker Pool (Palo Alto, CA)
  54. Tualatin Hills Aquatic Center (Beaverton, OR)
  55. Mt Hood Aquatic Center (Gresham, OR)
  56. Juniper Swim & Fitness Center (Bend, Or)
  57. George Haines International Swim Center (Santa Clara, CA)
  58. Renaissance Club Sport (Aliso Viejo, CA)
  59. Rengstorff Pool (Mountain View, CA)
  60. Coronado Municipal Pool (Coronado, CA)
  61. Eagle Park (Mountain View, CA)
  62. James City / Williamsburg Community Center (Williamsburg, VA)
  63. NOVA Aquatics Center deep pool (Richmond, VA)
  64. Belmont Plaza outdoor pool (Long Beach, CA)
  65. Laguna Beach HS Pool (CA)
  66. Lifetime Fitness (Florham Park, NJ)
  67. USF Koret Aquatic Center (San Fran)
  68. Lifetime Athletic (Vernon Hills, IL)
  69. Stanford Avery Aquatic Center - Bellardi Pool (Palo Alto, CA)
  70. Fremont Hills Country Club (Los Altos Hills, CA)
  71. Rinconada Pool (Palo Alto, CA)
  72. Burlingame Aquatic Center (Burlingame, CA)
  73. Medgar Evers Pool (Seattle, WA)
  74. McGill Memorial Pool (Montreal, QC)
  75. Montreal Downtown YMCA (Montreal, QC)
  76. College of San Mateo (CA)
  77. Greensboro Aquatic Center (NC)
  78. Josh Davis Natatorium (San Antonio, TX)
  79. Bill Walker Pool (San Antonio, TX)
  80. JCC of San Diego
  81. 2012 Olympic Trials Pool (Omaha)
  82. El Pomar Natatorium (University of Denver)
  83. Mt Lebanon Swim Center (PA)
  84. Fritz Sick Memorial Pool (Lethbridge, Alberta)
  85. University of Calgary Aquatic Centre (Alberta)
  86. Kinsmen Aquatic Centre (Edmonton, Alberta)
  87. Eau Claire YMCA (Calgary, Alberta)
  88. Talisman Centre Training Pool (Calgary, Alberta)
  89. Burgess Memorial Pool (Menlo Park, CA)
  90. Kona Kai Resort (San Diego, CA)
  91. Sierra Recreation Center (Mission Viejo, CA)
  92. ACAC -- new (2012) 25M pool (Midlothian, VA)
  93. Greater Richmond Aquatic Partnership / 2008 Olympic Trials Pool (Richmond, VA)
  94. Golden Bear Pool (Berkeley, CA)
  95. Cal Lutheran University Community Pool (Thousand Oaks, CA)
  96. North Beach Pool (San Francisco, CA)
  97. Calgary Winter Club (Calgary, Canada)
  98. Orange Memorial Pool (South San Francisco, CA)
  99. Hamilton Pool (San Francisco, CA)
  100. Jean Brink / Oceana Pool (Pacifica, CA)
  101. City of Calabasas Tennis & Swim Center (Calabasas, CA)
  102. Oro Valley Aquatic Center (Oro Valley, AZ)
  103. Ventura Aquatic Center (CA)
  104. Claremont Resort (Berkeley, CA)
  105. Plantation Aquatic Center (Plantation, FL)
  106. Hyatt Regency Coconut Point (Bonita Springs, FL)
  107. Florida Gulf Coast University Aquatic Center (Fort Meyers, FL)
  108. Club One Union Square (San Francisco, CA)
  109. Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center (Charlotte, NC)
  110. Sunset Canyon Recreation Center LCM pool (UCLA)
  111. Chickahominy YMCA (Sandston, VA)
  112. Soda Aquatic Center (Moraga, CA)
  113. Salt Lake City/Steiner Aquatic Center (Utah)
  114. Splash Montana "The Lake" Pool (Missoula, MT)
  115. Grizzly Pool / U of Montana (Missoula, MT)
  116. Daland Swim School (1000 Oaks, CA)
  117. Rancho Simi Community Pool (Simi Valley, CA)
  118. Brisbane Community Swim Center (Brisbane, CA)
  119. Cal Lutheran University Samuelson Aquatic Center (Thousand Oaks, CA)
  120. ASU Mona Plummer (Tempe, AZ)
  121. Rutger's Sonny Werblin (Piscataway, NJ)
  122. Mission Viejo Nadadores (Mission Viejo, CA)
  123. Phoenix Swim Club (Phoenix, AZ)
  124. Clovis North High School (Fresno, CA)
  125. YMCA Aquatic Center (Orlando, FL)
  126. Georgia Tech Aquatic Center (Atlanta, GA)
  127. Saanich Commonwealth Place (Victoria, BC)
  128. Glendale Foothills Aquatic Center (Glendale, AZ)
  129. Greensboro Aquatic Center (NC)
  130. UC-Irvine Crawford Pool (Irvine, CA)
  131. 2012 Olympic Trials Pool (Omaha)
  132. Clarke Swim Center 25M pool (Walnut Creek, CA)
  133. Santa Clarita Aquatic Center (Santa Clarita, CA)
  134. Wall Aquatic Center (Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ)
  135. Sedona Community Pool (Sedona, AZ)
  136. Chinatown YMCA (New York, NY)
  137. Westmoor Giammona Pool (Daly City, CA)
  138. El Dorado Aquatic Center (Scottsdale, AZ)
  139. Desert Foothills Family YMCA (Carefree/Scottsdale, AZ)
  140. UCLA Student Activities Center Pool (Los Angeles, CA)
  141. Brenda Villa Aquatic Center (Commerce, CA)


Open Water courses trained/competed in since 2007


  1. Tempe Town Lake (Tempe, AZ)
  2. Lake Pend Oreille (Sandpoint, ID)
  3. La Jolla Cove / Pacific Ocean (La Jolla, CA)
  4. Greenwich Cove (Greenwich, CT)
  5. Flathead Lake (Montana), both Somers Bay (training) & Polson Bay (competing)
  6. Saguaro Lake (Arizona)
  7. Lake Pleasant (Peoria, AZ)
  8. Atlantic Ocean - Ft. Lauderdale
  9. Elk Lake (Oregon)
  10. Canyon Lake (Arizona)
  11. Roosevelt Lake (Arizona)
  12. Castaic Lake (California)

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Comments

  1. rxleakem's Avatar
    Excellent 2back! It's always nice to have the visual cues above to make lane position a non-issue.
  2. jaadams1's Avatar
    Wow! Nice going!
  3. knelson's Avatar
    I thought your IM was a nice swim, but that 2 back is outstanding. Nice job!
  4. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    Awesome meet Patrick.
  5. swimmieAvsFan's Avatar
    I was a bit worried when I was snooping on SwimPhone and saw your 100 free. Guess I shouldn't have been! Awesome 200s!
  6. Water Rat's Avatar
    great meet patrick. hard to cap off a meet with your best swim at the end (at least for me!)
  7. KEWebb18's Avatar
    Great job!