Is it worth the drive to SB for this meet? Well this is a 2 minute walk from the pool!
Today was the LCM meet in Santa Barbara. All told it was a good time and a lot of fun. There were more people in attendance than I would have expected for being so far out of LA. The part I was really excited about was how many people from my team came out. I think we were about 10 deep and a decent number of them were at their first swim meet. Hopefully they’re all hooked now and I see them at more meets!
I wasn’t a big fan of the pool… and, um, it’s called the “Los Banos Del Mar Pool.” I read that as “the bathroom of the sea.” I have a feeling there is a linguistic nuance that I am missing… anyways, the pool is very shallow on the far end and for reasons no one could figure out it was very hard to get in a decent flip turn on the deep end. I heard a lot of different people talking about it. Even if I didn’t love the pool, the location is unbelievable. It’s literally right in the harbor and steps from the beach. I took more pictures of the scenery than the swim meet today!
Anyways, back to swimming… I did 5 events plus a relay swim. I am so tired. I didn’t really set the world on fire with any of my swims, but it was a solid meet and I built a lot of LCM racing experience.
My first event was the 200IM. I don’t know why I sign up for this event. I hate it but I want to be good at it all at the same time. This was my first time swimming it long course. I took off like a shot on the butterfly leg. I went out in about a 31. My backstroke time was pretty ugly though. I couldn’t hold a straight line. It felt like I swam a 65m backstroke leg. Breast was ok and my freestyle was decent but impressively uncomfortable. I finished with a 2:49.29 which is pretty much numerically incomprehensible to me. After converting it to something I understand (SCY), it’s actually equivalent to a best time (~2:25) by about a second.
Because I was feeling brave I signed up for the 50 freestyle which happened to be immediately after the 200 IM. I was still breathing hard when I got up on the blocks. My time was about a second slower than I wanted to go. I crawled my way to a 30.94, not impressive.
My next two events were both backstroke. First I did the 100 backstroke. When I convert it it is a best time equivalent by about a second, but it’s also the first time I’ve swam it since February. I can’t really do a decent backstroke start but I’m pretty good at dolphin kicking underwater. I did that for as long as I could and then got to swimming. I was moving at a decent pace but I didn’t feel fast. I totally misjudged the turn and I was probably borderline disqualifiable. I finished in 1:23.91. This race needs work! The 50m back wasn’t much better. I was super smoked at this point. I swam a 38.92 which is 2 seconds slower than what I swam in Santa Clarita. I might be able to get fast in short course, but I don’t think I can swing a hot time in LCM backstroking.
My last individual event of the day was the 50 fly. I felt like I had a good swim but the time was about a second slower than I would have swam if I were fresh. I finished in a 31.02. I got some video of it below, but various people and pieces of equipment conspired against my cameraman’s attempts to get a good shot of it.
We finished up the meet with a 200m free relay. For Conejo Simi we swam a guys and a girls relay. I was very excited to do a relay and stoked that my coach got in to anchor the girl’s relay. The thing about the relays that took some of the fun out of it was we couldn’t dive on the far side of the pool. It’s like 3 1/2 feet deep down there with no blocks so we had to go from a push on that side. I was the anchor for my team and as soon as I pushed off the wall my calf muscle seized up into a monster cramp. I didn’t really have much of a choice about what to do next so I just swam as hard as I could through it. The guys relay won overall by a pretty decent margin. yay :)
Even though my wrap up sounds like a lot of complaining about swims and times, this was actually a really good meet for me. I’ve been working really hard and getting better, but I also came into this meet totally unrested. If I can swim this many events this close together like this after a week of lots of training, it’s a good sign of what I can accomplish when rested. Plus I got to catch up with a bunch of friends and met a few new people today.
Now I need to decide what events I am going to swim at the Southwestern Zone Meet in Thousand Oaks. I also just found out today that this meet is going to be dual sanctioned with USA Swimming for those of you that want to be able to transfer your times to USAS.
Here’s some of my pictures from today… all the fancy beach pictures are easy walking distance from the pool!
Random action! Women’s 50 Breaststroke – CSAM Ladies go 1, 2 in the heat!
Me and Heidi on the Pier
A quick Rob D. glamour shot :)