Sunday, December 20, 2009


We had our "race day" at swim practice today. I did several of the events: 200m free, 50m backstroke, 50m breaststroke, and the big relay (everyone did a 25m free lap). I didn't even try the butterfly -- I still really don't know how.

I have no memory for numbers so I can't give exact times. I think I got a 3:39-something for the 200. The backstroke was in the high 50s and so was the breaststroke. I think my 50m free was in the mid 40s. I looked online to try to find some reference times and found this list someone created -- considering this was my first pool race in forever, I'm within shooting distance of the "B" times, and that's not too shabby. I was not the slowest person there today in most things (maybe the backstroke, where I have crummy technique), and a lot of the people who are slower than me chose not to race today.

I have to get over my gym-class-era fear that people will be laughing at me or mad if they have to be on my team. We're all adults, not junior-high students.

My favorite part was diving off the blocks. Fun! And it was also fun to push myself. I thought of this as a baseline time trial, to give myself a starting point for improvement.

I would like to get better on my flipturns. I think I lose a lot of time in them.

Oddly enough, other than a couple of minutes' anxiety, I didn't really think about how I looked in my swimsuit. There were guys there in tiny little Speedos, so I couldn't have been the most ridiculous even if I had tried.

1 comment:

  1. Ha! Men in tiny Speedos always make it easier! Thanks for posting this. I just got back in a pool last week and it was great! I've never had formal training, but have always loved to swim. I have some friends that swim competitively and hope to get one of them to give me some pointers soon. You have really been an inspiration to me, Jen!


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