**Update: Results for the FAST SCY Meet have been posted here

Today I swam in Fullerton at the Janet Evans Swim Complex. At a distance it looked like a pretty nice pool, but once I got inside I was alerted to the fact that it is only 4 feet deep! Ahhhh! Even my pool in Pismo is 4 1/2 feet deep. It was very weird to dive into and race in such a shallow pool, I never really felt like I found a good rhythm in it.

In warm up I took a bunch of practice starts to get used to starting in such a shallow pool. I basically flopped right on my chest each time and then dolphin kicked the bottom of the pool right after. Ahelee from NOVA tried to help me get my dive right for this pool but I just couldn’t put it together, I kept over correcting and smacking on the top of the water. I’m very self-preservatory in nature and I think I was reflexively sabotaging myself. I resigned myself to the thought that I would either get to break a rib or a toe today which is preferable to cracking my head on the bottom of the pool, luckily I did neither!

My first event was the 100 free. I went 59 seconds in San Diego last week and I was pretty confident that I could shave another second or two off my time pretty easily as long as I didn’t make any big mistakes. My start went ok but I didn’t get in as much underwater dolphin kicking as I usually would. At the surface my kick was feeling really strong and all my turns were clean. On the last 25 I managed to swallow some water which wasn’t any fun but it didn’t slow me down. For whatever reason I can’t breath to the left when I’m sprinting, I always choke on water. Anyways, I managed to bring it in 58 seconds. A full second off last weeks time and a new best time as an adult!

Next up was the 50 fly. I’ve been chasing my national qualifying time in this event and I just can’t quite hit it. I swam a 27.7 in Vegas, and a 28 at UC Irvine and again today in Fullerton. I felt like I was really pushing myself in the 50 but I wasn’t getting any traction. There’s a definite difference in feel between a deep water pool and a shallow pool when butterflying. Shortly after I was back on the blocks for the 50 free. This one went decently, I swam a high 26 which is a second slower than my time at UCI. I didn’t feel like I did anything particularly right or wrong in this race, I just didn’t go as fast as I wanted to.

To cap off the meet I swam the 100 fly. This race was semi-disastrous. The meet itself went very quickly, sub 2 hours, and I was exhausted at this point having swam a bunch of events right on top of each other. I’m glad I didn’t sign up for a bunch of 200′s like some of the people there. I put up a 1:03 which is my second week in a row of time increases! Yikes! I went 1:01 at UCI, 1:02 in San Diego and now 1:03 in Fullerton… not cool.

I think all the traveling and driving and racing I’ve been doing this month finally caught up with me. Friday night I fell asleep fully dressed at about 8PM when I normally can’t fall asleep until around 1AM. I think this was my body’s subtle hint that I need to slow down for a little bit. I don’t have any meets to worry about until Cal Tech’s Sprint Pentathlon in March so I can try and rest a little bit. If nothing else I can try and stay in my area code for a weekend!

Heidi wanted me to point out that she took some really good pictures this weekend that actually have me in them and above water :) Here you go…

Rocking the Hotel Pool Saturday Night

The Competition Pool

100 freestyle

Finishing the 100 Free

50 Fly

Getting off track during the 100 fly

Green Goggled Eyes of Doom!

4 Responses to “FAST 2009 SCY Meet Wrap Up”

  1. Joel says:

    Not that I know anything but I’d venture to guess that you might be competing too close and too much. It seems you peaked a few weeks ago and you’ve just been trying to chase that peak period. Just a thought. Also in the fly pictures you seem to be really rising your head way out of the water which will slow you down. But it is always hard to tell in still photos.

    But other than you gaining some time in the 10 fly it seemed overall you had a good meet. Congrats!

  2. Rob D says:

    Thanks Joel. Yeah, I did string together a few too many meets, it just kind of happened that way. I’m not sure if I peaked earlier so much as I just got really tired. I don’t think it would be as bad if I didn’t have to travel so much to get to meets. I am looking forward to actually staying in town this weekend.

    I do tend to pick my head up a little too much when I swim in general. In my fly I breathe every other stroke so it doesn’t seem to slow me down. If I breathe 2 strokes in a row I feel a definite slowing from my hips dropping. Keeping my head down is on the top of my list of improvements to make. Looking dead ahead was the thing to do when I was in high school and I’m having a really hard time breaking the habit.

  3. Abby says:

    Good job, Heidi– those are great action shots! :)

  4. Rob D says:

    Abby – I’ll let Heidi know she has a fan!