Posted by FLATOUT JIM
Thursday Past was our intra club mini meet. I was stoked for a good showing, eager to show off my newly developed flip turns skill, and to set some times. Unfortunately, Things don’t always go as planned.
We did 3 events. I chose the 100m and 400m free, everyone did the 200m free. This was the first event, mainly because Coach Paul wanted a good fresh 200m time as a standard.
I started off way too hard, and by 100m, my arms were almost seazed. By the end, I was shaking. I have no idea what my time was, but I am sure it was brutal.
my luck in the draw meant I had a decent rest until the 100 free, because I was in the final heat, but it also meant back to back with the 400m. Again, I went out way too hard. I tried to do flip turns, and they were awful. I barely broke 1:30 which was my original goal, so I should have been happy, but given I did a 1:32 on Tuesday in long descending set, I really thought that with a diving start, and good turns I could have been way faster.
Then without much of a cooldown, it was out of the water and back on the blocks for the 400m. That one really hurt. After just completing a 100m sprint, I was really struggling. I decided to stick with open turns and try and relax, but part way through, I started to feel like puking, so I had to take it down another notch. After 350, the girl in the lane next stopped, and I did too thinking I had miscounted. Turns out she miscounted and I quickly pushed off and finished my lat lap to make 400.
The Bad: I felt brutal on the short stuff. I am definitely not a short stuff kind of guy.
The Good: Even with the lap confusion in the 400, as well as the back to back, my 400 time was 2 seconds better than last February, so I know that I have a way better swim in me.
From here: Practice more turns. Get em down pat.
2 sleeps to my giveaway. Don’t forget the bonus.