1. "Meet" swimmers hate the 500. It's a super long swim to them apparently. It's like a bunch of 5Kers discussing the marathon. Hate. It. (This helped me out a ton.)
2. Swimmers don't like running. I spoke with a group of men about an upcoming race I was helping promote and no sooner did I say run then one of them said, "Running is bad for your knees!" Spoken like true swimmers.
3. Twenty-three year old college grads complain about being old and out of shape. Bastards.
4. Olympic gold medalists are bad ass and you should forever be thankful if they are not in your events.
Brooke Bennett , three time olympic medalist, showed up to suppor the team and swam in two events. She was amazing to watch. She was competing against women fresh out of college who are no slouches, I mean these are all fantastic swimmers and she just blew by them. True talent like that is just so crazy to watch close up. I chatted her up a bit before she left and she's a very nice lady. We swam on the same club team in high school although I'm 99% certain she had zero clue who I was. Heh.
For my first event, the 100 meter freestyle. I was nervous. I was mostly concerned about those damn high ass blocks. Coach Kelsey made my goggles real tight for me and that did the trick. I climbed up. Took my mark, and dove in. As soon as I hit the water I was balls out swimming. So. Fast. So. Hard. Going to die. Going. To. Puke. Where is the wall?!?! This. Effing. Suuuuuuucks.
To say that I almost killed myself on that 100 would be an understatement. By the time I got to the second fifty flip turn I was sucking major wind. I may have used that flip turn for a tiny break. Now, I happened to be one fo the slowest swimmers in the fastest heat and I could see the ladies next to me at least one to two body lengths ahead. These women were hauling ass. When I finished, I thought my heart was going to explode. I checked the clock and swam a 1:10. I am super happy with this time even if I did come in 3rd or 4th to last. It was still good enough for a 1st place in my age group, of two. I'll take it.
My goal was to swim 1:30/100 and I was feeling good with this. I love having the laps counted for me and laughed as I heard Coach Kelsey and
Happy Monday! What have you done to step outside that comfort zone?