Monday, April 16, 2012

Colonies Zone 1000 SCY: race report

Swimming is still a language I don't quite understand.
I finally figured out how to do flipturns back in December.  The math is starting to make sense - I can do a 500 yard TT and I don't need a calculator and a notepad to figure out the pace.  But I signed up for this swim meet with Allison and suddenly there are all kinds of new things to figure out - scratch and heat and counting.


We signed up for the SCY (see?  WTF does that mean?  Short course yards.) meet a few weeks ago.  By the time I got around to registering, the mile had filled, so I signed up to race the 1000.  I had no idea how to seed myself so I ambiguously chose 15 minutes when I registered without really doing any math.  On Friday afternoon when I remembered that this was happening, I went back through Training Peaks and found that the last time I did a 1000 yard TT (January), it was 15:35.  I've been swimming fairly consistently under 1:30 pace in the pool for shorter distance TTs in the past few weeks, so I decided (again, rather ambiguously) that I'd like to try to finish in under 15 minutes.  I tapered for the race by losing my job, skipping my long run and spending 12 hours inside a beer bottle.  Allison and I prepared for the race by hanging out with my puppies and having pizza for a very late lunch.
We got there early enough to warm-up and scope out all the sexy men in speedos other athletes.  Watching the first heat of the mile was pretty exciting, and the first and second place men in the heat finished about a tenth of a second apart.  We also spent some time trying to spook our competition.
Our heats were far enough apart that we would be able to count for each other, and I was pleasantly surprised to discover that I didn't have to count on my fingers but instead would get a neato flip-board of numbers to show Allison underwater while she was swimming.
Once Allison finished her swim (huge PR, go read about it), I headed over to line up.  The first thing I did was explain to the stop-watch boys that I would not be diving off the blocks.  I practiced diving off the side of the pool once during the warm-up and thought that would be just fine.  There was a horn or a whistle or a something noisy and we went.
Of course, my goggles stayed on but filled with water.  I swam 50 yards and then popped my head up and tried to restick them to my face.  It didn't work, so I just decided I would swim with them that way and ignore it, but after another 200ish yards both sides were completely filled with water.  So I flipped off of the wall and stayed on my back for a second, pulled them off my face and stuck them back on, then flipped back over and kept going.  
That worked for one side but not the other.  I made it about another 100 yards or so and then did the same thing - flip, pull, drain, push.  I know that I should probably be able to just swim through it but it was driving me absolutely nuts.  
Once I had situated my goggles I was almost halfway done with the race.  I was in the outside lane, and when I looked inside to see where the other swimmers were, it was crazy.  The girl in the lane next to me, who had also seeded herself with 15 minutes, was almost 2 entire laps ahead of me (note: she ended up swimming a 12:xx) and I started to feel panicky that I had lost a lot of time dicking around with my goggles.  Since I was in the outside lane, I could see the times up on the wall when I breathed and started doing math.  When I breathed after the 800 mark and could see that the time had just flipped over to 12 minutes, I realized that I would probably be safely under 15 minutes.  I just tried to stay consistent and hold good form with each stroke, pulling hard and long all the way into the wall.  I was almost the last one done in my heat but was still incredibly pumped about my time: 14:36.16, for roughly a 1:27 pace.  
I can pretty easily see the splits where I was fussing with my goggles, because they are the only splits slower than a :44.x.  I also only swam a :39 on my last 50, which tells me that I really didn't empty the tank on this one, but I'm okay with that.  I had a blast racing in the pool for the very first time, and I can't wait for the chance to go back and crush this time.  That hot mess also managed to land me third in my AG, and Allison broke through with 2nd.
We celebrated with huge bowls of pasta and frozen yogurt, which made for a pretty perfect Friday night.  How was your weekend?  Do you have lots of photos of your ass to post on the internet after it like I do?

29 comments:

  1. Great job and it looks like you guys had a blast at the meet!

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  2. Awww, FUN. Also, isn't that how everyone tapers?

    Also, your swimwuit is fun... I think you should bring it along with a bikini to Rehoboth Beach in July. ;-)

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  3. How fun! I wish I would have known about this, I would love to do a swim meet. . . funny I would have never thought I'd say that. I have a not so fond memory of my last college race and I'd love to replace it!

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  4. Yikes! You make everything a fun event!

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  5. Dude, your arms look INSANE! Congrats on all the muscles and a good swim!

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  6. Solid race Katie! And fun to hang out with you before your race :) Hope to see you again soon!

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  7. You are brave! I quit a swim team in high school after 1 month because by the 1st meet I still didn't know how to dive or flip turn (I had a bump on my forehead to prove it) Now that's why I do triathlons you don't need to know how to do that!

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  8. I have never been in the same zip code as a swim meet, so this sounds totally foreign to me but also awesome. I did take swim lessons a couple of years ago and never figured out how to dive in without my goggles filling with water, so my eyes feel your eyes' pain.

    I got only one ass picture from my first tri. Clearly I should show your blog to my race photographer.

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  9. I can't wait until we do this again! You are going to crush that time. :) Also, I want your arms.

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  10. I know you're known for the ass shots, but holy shit your arms look awesome.

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  11. Nice work! Very jealous of your swim splits. My goggles are the same when I race too. Never any issues when I train, but when I race? It is like I have sponges strapped to my eyes...

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  12. Allison's face in that last picture makes this race report.

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  13. You are my swim hero! I can barely do one 100 under 1:30 (ie a sprint) let alone 10 of them in a row! Congrats!!!

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  14. Sweet guns!! You look like a real swimmer- all shoulders and ass! Kudos to your photographer- your "Yikes" flip turn - too perfect. Congrats on your first meet, I can't wait to read about more!

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  15. Thee best race recap ever.....especially because of this line:

    I just tried to stay consistent and hold good form with each stroke, pulling hard and long all the way into the wall.

    TWSS!!!!!

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  16. I think you just found a new life love: pool racing. Congrats!\

    I mean...YIKES!

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  17. Nice job girl! The 1000 is my favorite race! Boo for your googles. Have I mentioned you are hilarious? Your race recaps are always so funny!

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  18. Nice race, nice report! That goggles thing is so annoying. That used to always happen to me when swimming before I got goggles that fit. I can imagine how annoying it must have been while racing. Awesome job!

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  19. I am very impressed with your time and entering just a swimming competition! Wow!

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  20. I'm kind of jealous about reading about everyone's swim meets. There's nothing around here. You literally had me laughing out loud with this post...the goggles! I've done that SO many frickin' times. Yargh! Great job!! =)

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  21. Whole lot of ass in this post. Is there such thing as too much ass?

    Awesome job on the swim!!! I haven't seen anything like this around us. Everything is geared for for HS and younger. The one open water race they were going to do got cancelled because of lack of interest.

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  22. You once told me the first thing you notice about someone is their arms. Um, hello. ARMS!
    You deserved a win. Glad you were able to meet your goal. All while looking utterly adorable in your pink Splish suit!

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  23. SCY FTW! I don't really have a preference between yards or meters, but I want to get into a meet this year. I'll stick to the shorter stuff in there, 100 IM, 50 free, and 100 free. if I can find a meet on an open weekend.

    So much fun! Pulling 3rd place ag is fantastic!

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  24. Congrats! I would be so lost at a swim meet!!
    Love the ass shots, especially the action shot and look at those guns! My goodness.

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  25. I actually almost commented on Allison's report that I thought I stumbled here due to the gratuitous ass shot... The internets can never get enough. #ingramass

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  26. Nice job Katie! I seriously need your swim mojo. You have come SO FAR this season with the swim!

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  27. awesome swimming Kaite! so funny about the counting boards. i swam in high school and used to love turning for a friend of mine who swam the 500. btw, you arms look killer!

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  28. Katie. Sorry about the typo on your name. Ugh.

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