Masters Swim Meet

The past two weekends, I competed in a four-day swim meet. I swam in most of the freestyle events (50, 100, 200, 500, and 1650) and a number of relays.

I’ve really enjoyed being part of this swim meet and the Masters Swimming community as a whole.  It’s so cool to see a mix of former D1 collegiate swimmers, former high school swimmers who are just getting back in the pool, and swimmers who are at their first swim meet!   Although these were long days, seeing people break PRs, out touch their competition, or even compete in a race for the first time made it for an exciting meet.  One of my favorite moments was when a relay team of 70+ year olds set a Masters world record.  They were so excited – it’s not everyday at that age that you can set a world record!  I certainly didn’t set any world records, or any PRs for that matter, but I had a great time swimming in some races and meeting new people on my team!  And to top it off, my team won the meet!

I won’t go into details on every event I swam, but I will give a couple highlights (and lowlights)…

The Good

1650 free:  This was the first time I ever swum the 1650 free.  I was pretty nervous for the race, knowing how long it was (especially compared to my college sprinting days!)  I did manage to keep a pretty consistent pace and finish close to my seed time, with a 20:15.  This makes me feel confident that with keeping up my training in the pool, I’ll be able to swim a decent swim leg during the triathlon.

Relay splits: I had much better relay splits than I did in my individual events. I always enjoy the team aspects of relays, and I think that gets me more pumped up than swimming individual events. I finished the meet with a 26.7 in the 50 free of the medley relay, which was my fastest time of the weekend.

The Bad

50 free & 100 free:  I had been feeling pretty good in practice in the sprint sets, so I hoped that I could bust out a decent time in the 50 and 100.  It’s really hard not to compare my times to my college times, but I have to be realistic (I’m swimming less in a week than what I use to swim in 1-2 days).  I just didn’t have that effortless, fast through the water feeling.  I felt like I was working so hard, spinning my arms and flailing my legs to propel myself through the water. I tried to put my head down and just swim, but I never could find that next gear that I needed.

The Ugly

500 free:  The 500 free seemed so short after last week’s 1650!  I was excited to get in and swim a bit faster.  Unfortunately, I overestimated how much faster I should be swimming, and went out way too fast! It also didn’t help that there were a lot of scratches in the event and I ended up seeded as the slowest swimmer in the fastest heat.  I was a bit disappointed in myself that I couldn’t pace better… lesson learned for next time!  My final time was about 10 seconds off what I thought was a reasonable goal.

Overall, I had a lot of fun, and enjoyed competing in the pool again!

Full Meet Results

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