Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Actions and Reactions

Hey Everyone-

Thanks for checking in with my blog.

As I mentioned in a previous post I had my first meet of the summer season the last weekend of May. I swam the 100, 200 and 400 Free. I didn't have much expectation going into the meet since we've been working really hard in the water. I knew from the beginning that I was going to have much "easy speed" in my swimming.

There was a special format to the competition. Only the top 4 swimmers made it to the Championship final and swam for money. This meant that there was no room for messing around in prelims. It made for a great atmosphere and competitive environment.

Here are my races and splits:

100 Free:

50.61 (26.48)

I usually take out my 100 Free in 23.5 ... This swim was a good example that I simply lack speed at this point in the season. I know that my 100 will get better and better the more I rest. All in all I'm content with this swim.
Click here for the video. I'm 4th from the right in the white cap (in lane 4).
200 Free:

53.56 (27.86)
1:21.53 (27.97)
1:49.41 (27.88)

I wish I had gone faster in my 200. I was aiming for about 1:48.8 (time I went in March at Swiss Nationals). On a positive note, I'm happy with how consistent my splits were. I usually have the tendency to fall off of pace the last 50. I'm working on my 2nd 50 in practices right now. There shouldn't be a 2s difference between my 1st and 2nd 50.
Unfortunately there is no video for this event.
400 Free

55.25 (28.83)
1:24.78 (29.53)
1:54.90 (30.12)
2:24.50 (29.60)
2:53.88 (29.38)
3:23.50 (29.62)
3:53.51 (30.01)

I have a history with the 400 Free. I don't really like to swim it, hahaha... I consistently plan to take out this race quick and then try to hold on towards the end when the other swimmers start to reel me in. That's exactly what happened in this race. I was completely spent at the 300 mark and just tried to do everything in my power to try and stay ahead of everyone. My 30.0 split at the end is a good illustration of how much it hurt at the end...
Click here for a video of the swim. I'm 2nd to the right in the white cap.

In general I'm content with my swims. I think I'm in a good place for this point in the season. My college team (CAL Berkeley) made the trip down to the meet too, so it made for quite a bit of fun. It was great catching up with my old team mates and remembering the college days. Good times all around.

Back to training now :)

Keep well and take care!

PS. Here's a picture of the competition pool and the great weather :)

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