I swam day one of the Wisconsin Masters State Meet at the Schroeder Aquatic Center today and had a really good time. As you would expect the meet was no where near as big as what we have in California, but there were still around 150 swimmers entered and the meet had a really good vibe. I swam here as a kid and I was really excited to take another crack at this pool as an adult.
I got in right as warm up opened just to wake myself up and get loose. I had a looooong 48 hours preceding the meet and really needed to get wet to regain my bearings. My friends Mike and Julie from Pasadena were at the pool today as well which was pretty cool. Along with us 3 Californians the meet had visitors from Illinois and Iowa.
My first race and the first event of the day was the 50 freestyle. I went into this one without much expectation since I wasn’t sure what my body felt like doing today. Even though the official was very fast through the starting process (I never really got all the way set), I did get a really good start. The blocks at this pool are really nice! I charged pretty hard on the first 25 and probably took one more breath than I should have. On the way back I definitely took too many breaths but I was kicking like a mad man! When I hit the wall I had no idea what my time was. The pool has a really great digital scoreboard but at the angle I was at and the lack of glasses on my head I couldn’t read anything. Eventually when the results were posted I found out that I swam a new best time! I trimmed about 8 100ths off my previous best!
At this point I thought I had a while until my next race. As luck would have it I had a surprise relay to attend to! Between me, Mike, Julie and David (who is registered with SPMA but lives in Wisconsin) we had a full SoCal exhibition relay! Only problem was nobody really knew it was going to happen. We’d talked about it but never finalized any plans. So when they announced the California relay over the loud speaker we all scrambled behind the blocks! I swam the anchor spot and swam this 50 free really relaxed. I swam it even faster than I had earlier as an individual event. This time I swam more like 25.2. I realize relay starts will do that, but I was still stoked about it!
My big event of the day was the 100 fly. I was in the second to last heat in lane 4. I had a really good start and underwater. After the race the guy in the lane next to me complimented me on my underwaters and said it encouraged him to go faster (which was good for him but bad for me seeing as he beat me!). I tried to take the first 50 out fast but relaxed. I came in around 27 seconds. The second 50 went pretty smoothly I thought. I came in at 59.30 which isn’t a best time but it’s in the neighborhood. I was hoping to dip under 59 but apparently I’m saving that for another meet. My friend Lindsay who I swam with in Oconomowoc the last time I was in Wisconsin caught the whole thing on tape for me. Check it out…
I finished up with the 50 breaststroke probably no more than 10 minutes after the fly. I was hurting a little bit but not too bad. I went really deep on my start and I’m not sure if that was a bad thing or not. I tried to focus on having fast hands and getting to the wall as fast as I could! I’m honestly not sure what my time was because I couldn’t read the board. I’ll find out tomorrow. Regardless it was good practice for next weekend when I swim the 5o and the 100 breast in Pleasanton. I need to bring my breaststroke A game for that one since my friend Sarah has already started trash talking me about it :)
After the racing was done for the day I hung out a little bit and talked to some people for a while, then me and Mike and Julie ran across the street for a local delicacy, Culver’s. Mmmmm butter burgers…. Hamburgers and ice cream are pretty much the best answer to any post-meet hunger!
Tomorrow I’m swimming 3 events and probably a relay. I have the 50 fly, 100 free and the 200 fly to contend with. With that said, it’s almost 8pm here and I’m probably on the verge of falling asleep… I might succumb to that urge… or find more junk food to ensure I can repeat tomorrow with some good swims!