I’ve got 6 individual events that I am swimming this weekend at the USMS Southwestern Zone LCM Championships. I’m not looking for any monster drops, just incremental improvements.

50 Free
Current Time: 29.48
Goal Time: 28.6

100 Free
Current Time: 1:08.16(converted from 58.82 in SCY)
Goal Time: 1:07.9

200 Free
Current Time: 2:29.28(converted from 2:09.13 in SCY)
Goal Time: 2:25

50 Fly
Current Time: 30.36
Goal Time: 29.9

100 Fly
Current Time: 1:09.76
Goal Time: 1:08.9

200 IM
Current Time: 2:49.29
Goal Time: 2:47

The ones I really want to do well in are the 50 free, 50 fly, and the 100 fly. I basically just want to catch up to Tony from the SCAQ Blog in that 50 free hence the goal time suspiciously similar to his seed time. In the 50 fly I really want to break 30, I’ve been close but I haven’t quite made it just yet. The 100 fly in LCM is still very difficult for me since I focus so much on the wall in short course races. I’ve swam 1:09 a couple of times in this race and I’m just looking to drop into the 1:08′s.

The other 3 races I want to do well in, but my version of “good” is basically a guess for 2 of them because I’ve never swam the 100 and 200 free in long course meters. The 200 IM is thrown in there just because I’m a bad decision maker and I think I can do better than I did at Santa Barbara earlier this month.

Beyond swimming fast, my other goal is to have fun! I’m spending the whole weekend in Thousand Oaks and lots of my swim friends will be in attendance. Plus I should be swimming on a few relays which I always think is super awesome! I’ll be around the pool a little bit on Friday, but I won’t be racing until Saturday. If you see me wandering around say hi! Now I just need to work on shaving my head and getting packed…

2 Responses to “Setting Goals for the SW LCM Zone Meet”

  1. Anonymous says:

    The RIGHT way to swim a 200 IM is to take your legs out of the fly and back – so you can ride them hard in the breast. Put it differently, look at your Santa Barbara splits versus the competition. The lesson is that you can shave a ton of time just by swimming the race smarter:

    Lane 2-(M31)-
    35.44/44.68/52.55/2:43.87
    Lane 3-(M50)-
    32.90/45.48/58.31/ 2:56.50
    Lane 4 (M59)
    35.15/46.94/52.79/2:54.50
    Lane 5 (Rob-M28)
    31.47/44.66/51.92/2:49.29

    At the fly, you're just killing everyone. But so what: now you've got three laps to go, and you're dragging. That's why your backstroke stinks – you can swim a 50 faster than that 59-year-old in the next lane (me, by the way), but he's just loafing along and pretty much keeping up. The breast is OK – but that old guy is able to loaf but still use the breast to catch up with the guy in Lane 3, who went out too hard and is starting to die like a pig. At the end of the breast, Rob looks like a winner, but look out for the guy in Lane 2: he blew by Rob like he was standing still. Rob beat him by 4 seconds on the fly, and was leading through the breast, but Lane 2 was faster by nearly 8 seconds in the free and took the heat by 6 seconds.

    In summary, the IM is not four consecutive races – it is one race with four strokes, with the winner decided at the end of 200 meters. Fliers have an advantage in the IM because they can get easy speed at the start of the race with others are having to work hard – and they can be fresh at the start of the back… See you this weekend (I will do the 400 but not the 200 IM)…

  2. Rob D says:

    I was planning on doing (or trying) it this way over the weekend like we talked about in SB. Thanks for the reminder of the right way to do it. I think I could get to be good at the 200IM, I just need to get smarter than the race. See you tomorrow!