|Reenactment of Sam doing his job as my split reporter. |
Isaac did great as my counter.
I was up within 15 minutes swimming the 50 free: 26.80
Within another 15 minutes I was swimming the 100 free: 57.22. On this one I intentionally held back on the first 50 just a touch and then poured it on on the second 50. Passed Mark Belnap which was a surprise. He's the sprinter in my age group. I dropped nearly a full second on this, than the St. George meet. So that's good.
Next up was the 500 free. I simply was not going to get a PR on this one. So the goal shifted to just getting under 6 minutes. There was a young guy just to my right and I tried to stay on his feet, which made me do better. Considering how spent I was I was only 8 seconds slower overall than my 500 time set a few weeks ago in St. George. 500 free: 5:41:16
I got out and after the others had finished I heard, "Gordon Gridley Lane 3!" I looked over and they skipped event 16! The entire field for the 100 fly had scratched so I had to get out after the 500, get like maybe 2 minutes rest, and then swim the 200 free!
200 Free: 2:07.57
Glad that I went, but man that was tough! The water was just a degree or too warmer than I would have liked, but it was a fun meet. I got to talk with Donald Barrus for quite a while and get to know him. He got new PR's in his 50 and 100 free. It's always neat to talk to and meet new people.
I met Nathan Toll and his wife, he's the founder of the Master Pirahna Club in Ogden, and also met Michael Nappi, a guy who swims in Orem. I tried talking him into swimming the one mile in GSL in June. I gave out several cards to swimmers encouraging them to swim the open water events.