Well that felt weird. After months and months of focusing all my attention on the open water world I hopped in the Short Course Meter competition pool for some fun and diversion up in Walnut Creek today. Although I made an earnest attempt to channel my inner sprinter I don’t think I found him! None of my races felt that great, but I had a good time and saw some friends I haven’t seen in quite a while so that makes it worth it. Plus it’s good to find out now how much work I’m going to need to do to transition back to shorter races once I run out of ocean races!
I got out to the pool a little before 8 this morning and got in for warm ups. The SCM pool was open still but I’d rather have some space to move so I swam in the SCY pool to get ready. I did walk over and do one start just to make sure I wasn’t going to have any problems with that. I had lots of leg cramping going on during that Catalina adventure so I thought that might resurface while diving or turning. Luckily I seem to have worked that out of my system, phew!
I started my day with the 50 breaststroke. I swam this race here last year and it was semi disastrous. It was just after my first ever 200m fly and I totally botched the first stroke after the pull down. Well this year I had the foresight to not swim the 200m fly, but I made the exact same mistake on the pull down! Too deep again! And on the way back I over corrected and my feet shot way up out of the water on the first pull. I got video of it this time thanks to my friend Coach Chris from Mountain View. I don’t look too deep at first, but watch how long it takes my head to break the surface (I’m in lane 1 nearest the camera)… ugly… but it was actually a best time in SCM if you can believe it! Even with no tech suit and a major almost DQable mistake… in all fairness though my previous SCM times in this event weren’t that great anyways, but I’ll still take the best time :)
After the 50 breast I had a good sized break before my next 2 events that were set one right after the other. I was kind of hungry so I got a hot dog from the concession stand which I would generally never do, I can’t eat at swim meets, but I didn’t really care today. It was about fun not fast so a hot dog was ok. I did one other thing I’ve never done at a meet today as well… I took a nap! I totally fell asleep slumped over in my beach chair! I hope I wasn’t snoring… I still can’t believe that I fell asleep, but apparently I needed it. I woke up half way through the women’s 100m free which was good because it gave me time to warm up before my 100m free. Over by the warm up pool I ran into my buddy Walt who was also in the 100m free and 50m fly like me.
I was seeded at a 1:04 for my 100m free but I really didn’t think that was going to happen. Don who swims with us in Avila occasionally was there and asked what I was going to swim, I guessed a 1:26 plus or minus 20 seconds :) That turned out pretty close. I stepped up to the blocks next to the only other guy I’ve seen at a meet who overachieves as much as I do in the beard department. His is a little sleeker though… he’s got a hydrodynamic braid thing going on… seeing as he beat me pretty handily I may have to investigate that. Off the dive it became apparent my SDK has degraded a lot, crap. On the surface my sprinting wasn’t very sprinterly. I wasn’t moving super slow but I didn’t feel like I managed to find that sprint gear. Turning at the 50 I felt really tired. Like way too tired for the circumstances. On the last 25 I tried to open it up but I’m not sure it really happened. I did however move over to the lane line for reasons I haven’t figured out yet. I think I was trying to draft out of habit or something… not that drafting through a lane line is a particularly effective practice. I ended up swimming a 1:05.84. Not my best work but not completely awful. I may need to shift my focus to longer pool events this winter though.
I finished up the meet with the 50m fly. Generally I love this event. It’s short and I’m generally pretty good at it. I was seeded at 29 and swam a 31.3, yuck. That’s slower than my slowest LCM time in the 50m fly! Oh well. Just more motivation to work hard later.
Once I was wrapped up with all my actual swimming I hit the massage tent and that was basically the best idea I had all day. They were charging a buck a minute and I thought that was worth it. The chick over there mashed me pretty good and got really deep in my muscles. A lot of it hurt while it was going on, but I came out feeling good. I need to do that more often. A little later I caught up with my friend Sarah B. and we grabbed dinner and hung out for a while. She wasn’t swimming today because she’s more focused on USA-S meets at the moment, but neither of us has forgotten our breaststroke deathmatch. I’m not sure where or when but I’m sure all 3 distances will be recontested.
Tomorrow I’m going to drive down to Monterey for some open water action on the way home. I’m pretty stoked for this. I used to live there but never really spent any time in the ocean because I didn’t know anyone else who did it.