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SAT Nats Day 2: The Age of Adaline

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by , April 26th, 2015 at 01:43 PM (213 Views)
I went to see The Age of Adaline on Friday night after a very early dinner (4:30pm because the racing didn't really allow me to have a proper lunch) at Chuy's (shrimp tacos, no 'rita or Shiner Bock). I know it's not really a "guy film" nor is it a pump-you-up-to-race film like a Rocky flick would be, but my wife doesn't like movies with a sci-fi or fantasy element to them and I remember really enjoying The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (about a guy who aged in reverse). I quite enjoyed the movie and it was very fitting given my swim performances this weekend. I'm definitely aging chronologically, but not so much when it comes to race times.

The last time I did a two day, six-event Nationals meet was in 2010 at Georgia Tech, the fading glory days of the full rubber bodysuit and I ended up with a pretty miserable performance on the 6th event of day two. I did the same today on my 6th event (50 free) and then somehow rejuvenated and finished, if not quite with flair, then, at least, with promise on the 200 free relay. It was another fun day of racing, capped by, perhaps, my most perplexing best time ever. Heres the tale of the tape.

500 free
  • Masters Best 4:50.18 (Greensboro, 2012)
  • Today 4:55.30
  • Reaction:
    • Surprise With Steve Unruhs very impressive 4:49 aside, I thought thered be a bigger dogfight around the lower 4:50 range for the medals.
    • Satisfaction - I eeked out second place by 0.07
    • Adaline-like consistency like my 200, this was my third best 500 of my Masters career, having gone 4:52 in Austin 08 and 4:50 in Greensboro 12. In my first ever Masters Nationals in Santa Clara in 2001, where I was a mere babe of 34 years old, I went 1:49.73 in my 200 (1:49.68 this weekend) and 4:55.69 in my 500. Now, if only I can hold that for the next 14 years, I will be an ass-kicking 62 year old, provided, of course, Steve gets slower
    • Relief While I went out strong enough and held close enough to Mr. Unruh through about the 250, and didnt exactly die (except the utterly crappy 7th 50 at 30.8), I certainly had no second gear or back half push. I was relieved that I had gotten a good enough lead over the five guys charging the back half so that I held on for the silver. 100 splits were 55.9, 59.3, 59.9, 1:01.0, 59.1
    • Reality Confirmation More often than not, I go times in warmup that never transpire in a race. While I had felt great on Friday in every race and last night after the meet, I woke up this morning feeling beaten up. I couldnt get going in warmup and really struggled to hit any 50 pace under 30. I actually felt HUGELY better throughout the actual race but barely was under 30 on any of my splits. Maybe, as I get older, my pace swims in workout/warmup are becoming more predictive?


100 breast
  • Masters best 1:07.41 (Sun Devil Invite, 2011)
  • Tech suit best 1:04.96
  • Today 1:05.03
  • Reaction:
    • There has never been a race where I have been simultaneously more freaked out by a heat-mate and confident in my own efforts than this.
    • I was in the second fastest heat of my age group and, as I knew my time was from an unshaved, unrested meet, figured, naively (in hindsight), that I could handily handle my heatmates. Moreover, even swimming against some pretty good breaststrokers, my underwater pullouts (mostly thanks to the height advantage bestowed upon me by my loving parents, 6-foot tall Mom, in particular) are usually a huge advantage.
    • Imagine my surprise, then, when I came up behind the guy next to me after the start. Thats OK, I thought, Ill reel him in after the first turn oh so ego-fully-confident I was in my pullouts but he kept pulling away from me.
    • Mind you, I was feeling great. My stroke was connected in a way it didnt feel on the 50. My stroke count was spot on where I wanted it to be. I felt like I had access to a back half push. I (again, naively) thought Id catch the guy.
    • But, still, he kept pulling away from me.
    • The whole second 50 I was bouncing between two thoughts in my head I feel great, I must be doing well and That guy is destroying me, I must be hallucinating from the 500 and sucking wind.
    • Imagine my surprise when I saw the 1:05.0, barely a tenth over a tech suit time I had done at a meet I had rested for.
    • The lesson for today, for every day in the pool, for the thousandth time in my 40+ years of racing swim your own race, most importantly with your head in your own lane.


The Most Perplexing, Godawful, Stupid, Yet Strangely Intriguing Unicorn of a Race There Is (e.g., the 50 free)

  • Masters Best 22.77 (Jan, 2011)
  • Today 24.06
  • Reaction:
    • For all my professed love of the 400IM, the only event I have raced more times in my ~14 year Masters career is the 50 free (21 times vs 17 for the 400 IM). I often enter this race as either a warmup or a throwaway event, much like I did today, where it was my designated 6th event and the one I cared least about.
    • Caring not much about an event often leads to a good performance, as you dont get yourself all wrapped in nerves and ego.
    • That worked well yesterday for our medley relay where I split a 22.85 on the anchor leg. It worked again at the end of the meet today (after the individual 50) where I dropped a 23.20 on another relay.
    • It didnt work well in the individual event today. I routinely go 23-mid to 24-flat in mid-season meets and think nothing of it. Just a throwaway race.
    • The only thing I can attribute this poor performance to was my breathing plan. Normally, I breathe once down and once or twice coming back. Today, I decided to not breathe at all on the first lap and then only once on the second lap.
    • Clearly, this classically trained aerobic animal is not suited to such sprinter macho stuff. When the relay came around (done without much warming down after the individual event and without much focus), I breathed 1/1 and swam more according to norms.
    • Oh well, its not a real event, anyway (says the man who has known since time began that hed never be capable of the raw speed and perfect execution this event requires), just a throwaway, a filler.


The meet in summary
  • Though I have some quibbles with the competition course namely smaller than needed lane ropes and some less than adequately tightened this was, BY FAR, the best overall competition setup for a Masters Nationals. Clovis approached it with their 2 x 50M courses, but the indoor pool at San Antonio provided a much-needed respite from the elements, be they heat or lightening.
  • The weather gods were smiling on USMS this weekend, with expertly timed middle-of-the-night thunderstorms that miraculously cleared just about the time we needed to start. However, I still far prefer racing indoors. I know its all cool for the northerners to swim outside and put on sunblock, but I really would prefer if we always held Nationals indoors.
  • As with virtually any competition I go to, I left the meet uber-motivated for the next race, the next round of training, the next taper meet ... and fully believing that I can not only stay Adaline-young in my times, but potentially pull a few more years of Benjamin Button swims out and keep getting faster!



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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 - 25M Diving Tank course (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)
  142. Vanderbilt YMCA East Pool (Manhattan)
  143. USC Physical Education Department Indoor Pool (Los Angeles, CA)
  144. Santa Monica Swim Center (Santa Monica, CA)
  145. Los Angeles Swimming Stadium (CA)
  146. Thad Terry Pool (Tucson, AZ)
  147. U of A Student Recreation Center (Tucson, AZ)
  148. Palm Desert Aquatic Center (Palm Desert, CA)
  149. Maggie Gilbert Aquatic Center (Pacific Palisades, CA)
  150. Verdugo Aquatic Center (Burbank, CA)
  151. Concord Community Pool (Concord, CA)
  152. YMCA Aquatic Center - 50M course (Orlando, FL)
  153. Sand Hollow Aquatic Center (St. George, UT)
  154. Van Nuys-Sherman Oaks Pool (Sherman Oaks, CA)
  155. Spieker Aquatic Center (Cal - Berkeley)
  156. Hearst North Pool (Cal-Berkeley)
  157. Kitsilano Pool (Vancouver, Canada)
  158. UBC Aquatic Centre circa 2014 (Vancouver, Canada)
  159. Hillcrest Aquatic Centre (Vancouver, Canada)
  160. Canada Games Pool (New Westminster, BC, Canada)
  161. Oxnard Aquatic Center (Oxnard, CA)
  162. Fortune Select Excalibur Hotel (Gurgaon, India)
  163. London Aquatic Centre - Training Pool (London, England)
  164. London Aquatic Centre - Competition Pool (London, England
  165. Woodbridge Community Center (Woodbridge, NJ)
  166. Raritan Bay YMCA (Perth Amboy, NJ)
  167. Pleasant Valley Aquatic Center (Camarillo, CA)
  168. Phoenix Country Day School Aquatic Center (Phoenix, AZ)
  169. Alga Norte Aquatic Center (Carlsbad, CA)
  170. East Bank Club (Chicago, IL)
  171. Holiday Inn Mart Plaza (Chicago, IL)
  172. Belmont Temporary Outdoor Pool 2014 (Long Beach, CA)
  173. UIC Natatorium (Chicago, IL)
  174. Sunnyvale Swim Complex (Sunnyvale, CA)
  175. Nitro Swimming (Cedar Park, TX)
  176. Peninsula JCC (Foster City, CA)
  177. Norris Aquatic Center (Evanston, IL)
  178. Trefethen Aquatic Center (Mills College, Oakland, CA)
  179. McKinnon Indoor Pool (University of Victoria, British Columbia)
  180. Juan de Fuca Community Pool (Victoria, British Columbia)
  181. Esquimalt Recreation Centre (Victoria, British Columbia)
  182. Latoff YMCA (Des Plaines, IL)
  183. Hotel Intercontinental (Chicago, IL)
  184. Marriott Courtyard on E Hubbard (Chicago, IL) ~15 to 17 yards
  185. Residence Inn LA Live (Los Angeles, CA) 25 yards
  186. Sava Pool (San Francisco, CA) - 04/09/15
  187. Evanston High School (Evanston, IL) - 04/14/15
  188. Northside ISD Competition Pool (San Antonio, TX) - 04/24/15
  189. Northside ISD Indoor Pool (San Antonio, TX) - 04/25/15


Open water courses trained/competed 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. knelson's Avatar
    So Mr. Unruh won the Blue Bell challenge, but can't actually eat any because of the recall. Who saw that one coming?!!
  2. __steve__'s Avatar
    That's definitely some admirable racing Patrick. Successive best and top times in many events.

    Regarding the 6th event, I would take a 24.06 any day.
    Updated April 26th, 2015 at 06:17 PM by __steve__
  3. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by knelson
    So Mr. Unruh won the Blue Bell challenge, but can't actually eat any because of the recall. Who saw that one coming?!!
    Too funny!

    Congrats on a great weekend of racing, Patrick! Glad you swam your own race on the 500! There are too many sandbaggers around to really trust your heat mates. 6 races in two days is a lot in this context. Maybe you'll opt for 3 days at Greensboro?
  4. jaadams1's Avatar
    Very nice job Patrick!!
  5. pwb's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by knelson
    So Mr. Unruh won the Blue Bell challenge, but can't actually eat any because of the recall. Who saw that one coming?!!
    I kept trying to find some black market Blue Bell to feed Steve on Saturday night, but no such luck! Clearly, he was on fire as that 4:49 was FAST, FAST, FAST.
  6. pwb's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by __steve__
    That's definitely some admirable racing Patrick. Successive best and top times in many events.
    Thanks. Sitting here now on Monday morning, the meet is getting better and better in my mind! It was a great weekend.
  7. pwb's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by The Fortress
    Too funny!

    Congrats on a great weekend of racing, Patrick! Glad you swam your own race on the 500! There are too many sandbaggers around to really trust your heat mates. 6 races in two days is a lot in this context. Maybe you'll opt for 3 days at Greensboro?
    I think I might even opt for 4 days in Greensboro as I just might swim a distance event at a Nationals, something I haven't done since 2002!
  8. pwb's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by jaadams1
    Very nice job Patrick!!
    Thanks, James.

    I am hoping life works for you to maybe make it to Portland for 2016 LCM Nats?
  9. knelson's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by pwb
    I think I might even opt for 4 days in Greensboro as I just might swim a distance event at a Nationals, something I haven't done since 2002!
    Do it!

    I am hoping life works for you to maybe make it to Portland for 2016 LCM Nats?
    If James isn't there I'll eat my hat--or swim cap!
  10. jaadams1's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by knelson
    If James isn't there I'll eat my hat--or swim cap!
    On that note... I may have to work.

    But my plans are to attend LC Nats in Portland, even though it is basically open water swimming for me!
  11. gdanner's Avatar
    Awesome job! You and Unruh are no joke.

    You made two other interesting points...

    Where do any masters swimmers get back half speed? I can swim consistently, but I have no late ability surges anymore as a 33 year old (unless I swam the race incorrectly and simply took it out way too slow).

    And as a certified cardholding northerner, I can tell you that I always prefer to swim indoors. Heck, I don't even like indoor pools with an "airy" environment to the outside, such as the Orlando YMCA pool (which I see you have also been to). As much as I'd love it for nationals to always be indoors, I think far more people have fun in the sun.
  12. pwb's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by gdanner
    Awesome job! You and Unruh are no joke.
    Thanks for the vote of confidence, but Steve was in a different level than me ... this year

    Quote Originally Posted by gdanner
    Where do any masters swimmers get back half speed? I can swim consistently, but I have no late ability surges anymore as a 33 year old (unless I swam the race incorrectly and simply took it out way too slow).
    Agreed. In the 500, though, as I looked at the splits, Steve basically held pace on the 3rd/4th 100 and then had a great last 50, whereas I got slower

    Quote Originally Posted by gdanner
    And as a certified cardholding northerner, I can tell you that I always prefer to swim indoors. Heck, I don't even like indoor pools with an "airy" environment to the outside, such as the Orlando YMCA pool (which I see you have also been to). As much as I'd love it for nationals to always be indoors, I think far more people have fun in the sun.
    Well, at least there is one of you! I do love to train outdoors, but just prefer fewer environmental factors to deal with when racing.
  13. pwb's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by jaadams1
    But my plans are to attend LC Nats in Portland, even though it is basically open water swimming for me!
    I know it is a long time away, but hopefully we will both be there!
  14. ande's Avatar
    your
    500 was really good, steve was unruh-believeable
    & swam pretty fast across the board
    100 breast impressive, (breastroke is a conundrum, maybe a mystery wrapped inside a riddle)
    50 fr not so good, dude you you need speed