I’m up north for a meet in Mountain View tomorrow and it’s fair to say that this last week wasn’t the best meet prep I’ve ever had. Last Sunday I swam in the ocean, Tuesday I did a breaststroke focused pool workout, and um… that’s it unless you count the time spent in the bath tub at the hotel. I’m calling it an unintentional extreme taper to make myself feel better about it. I wish I could have gotten more workouts in, but it is what it is and frankly this is just a fact of life for a Masters Swimmer. Work schedules, meetings, um hangovers, and other unpredictable adult stuff like that can wreak havoc on your best aquatic intentions.
I hear a lot of people talk about really wanting to go to a meet when they’re fully prepared. A lot of them never seem to quite get there. I think this “fully prepared” concept needs to be thrown out. It’s a wonderful excuse, but not a realistic plan. Unless you’re single with no kids, no job, and independently wealthy I don’t think it’s ever gonna happen.
I say sign up for the meets that you want to go to and no matter what happens just roll with it. I have some of my best swims when I shouldn’t. Worst case scenario you get some good racing practice and time to hang out with your swimmer friends. So go get in the pool, you might surprise yourself. I’ll see you there.
Pic from the 2009 Millerton Mile
Still not sure who this is, but he is an excellent example of rolling with whatever you are dealt with