Sunday, February 22, 2009

It's All About The Swim

I participated in my first swim meet today... a local COMA All-Comers Meet (the first of three in preparation for the Oregon Masters State Championships). I've competed in many track & field events in high school so I had a vague idea of what to expect. I wanted, though, to try several all-comers meets before participating in the state meet coming up in April - mostly to help determine which event I would be best suited.

We arrived early and I thereby had ample opportunity to warm-up. I did 600m warm-up (mixed stroke)
and then got out to allow time to visit with the family before the meet started. I had signed up for the 200m freestyle and the 50m backstroke so I had a little time to wait before and after.

The freestyle went very well - though I was little delayed off the block. I'm not used to being able to go immediately after the gun (in this case it was a whistle). In a half-marathon or marathon, I typically stand there for a moment and slowly begin to jog... not getting to pace for a couple of minutes. Agonizing! Today, in the pool, the start was much different. I opted, too, to start from the deck, rather that the starting block - I'll have to practice that a little before next time. DH didn't realize I had brought the camera - so no pictures of the freestyle. Sweetie was cheering loudly though - I could here her! I finished in 3:26:17.

The 50m back was much different. Again, I was a little delayed off the start. I didn't get down as far as I would have liked and thus my body dolphin was a little shallow. I was still able to get about 1/3 way down before I surfaced though. My pull on the right side is off though, so I ended up hitting the divider. My turn stunk.... and I thereby didn't get much of a kick off the wall. I finished in 51:71.

OSN Sun 2/22:
600m warm-up; 200m free fast; 50m cool-down; 50m back fast; 50m cool-down = 950m

OSN Thr 2/19:
600m warm-up; 200m w/fins; 10 x 50m free drill; 5 x 150m (odds - free / evens - back) = 2050m

OSN Mon 2/16: 600m warm-up; 300m w/fins; 6 x 25m back drill; 300m free; 3 x 50m breast; 200m free; 5 x 50m back/breast; 100m free; 7 x 50m breast/free = 2400m


  1. Congratulations on your first meet! That must be exciting!

  2. Congrats! You did great in your first meet. That sounds really fun. :)

  3. Wow, wow! You participated in a swim meet! Brave woman!! I lurve it :-)

  4. Hey thanks so much for this. Keep em posts coming, find them so interesting. Anyways where did you take your swimming lessons ? I'm keen to take it up while I'm still young.


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