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Old 04-28-2011
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Default Results from US Masters Spring Nationals -- 1000 yd Free

It's blazing hot in Mesa AZ, with high temperature for today forecast to approach 100F. Fortunately I swam my first event 1000 yd Free at around 8:30 am before the sun and temperature had reached their zenith.
My time was 12:51.6, not quite the 12:40 I was hoping for - and that my practices of the last couple of weeks suggested might be reasonable. On the plus side, it was 40 seconds faster than the last time I swam it on Jan 23.

My goal for this meet has been to swim well-paced races. My splits in this race do show room for improvement. I feel the best way to analyze a race is by breaking it into quarters. If you can control the differential between the 1st and 2nd quarters you greatly increase your chances of swimming your best race overall. My 250-yard splits were 3:09.8 -- 3:17.7 -- 3:15.1 -- 3:09.0
Swimming 7.9 sec slower in the 2nd 250 is far larger than what I consider ideal. On the plus side is that my last 250 was my fastest.
Another way to analyze the race is to add the first and last quarter and compare that to the total of the 2nd and 3rd quarter.
My 1st and 4th quarter add up to 6:18.8 and the total of the middle quarters is 6:32.8. That difference of 14 sec is well above the ideal -- which I'd say is around 6 seconds.
I'll strive for better balance in the five races I have remaining.

I'm not being too hard on myself for this one. I've only swum the 1000 twice in the last three years; more racing experience would definitely help.

Also the two swimmers on either side of me got off to a brisk start, pulling me along. I was happy to have their company for the rest of the race though. The three of us were separated by less than a second the rest of the way.

Next up: 400 IM. For me the key to this race will be staying super-relaxed on the first 100 -- Butterfly!
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It seems you're off to a pretty good start, Terry, even if it's not quite as good as you'd like. Looking forward to hearing about the rest of your races. I suppose this is an outdoor pool, something quite rare over here.

Watch out for sunburn!
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It is. If I had my druthers I'd like to practice outdoors all the time and race indoors - at least in the pool.
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Old 04-29-2011
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Great start to the meet Terry. All the best on what is to come. If it works for you take a look at David Radcliffe in some of the Free races. This guy is 75 and holds most of the world records for the 75-79 age group. Swam in the 1960 Olympics. Easy guy to talk to.
Again, all the best.
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Default Friday: 400 IM Results

Here's my post-mortem on the 400 IM I swam on Apr 16 at the Zone Championships
400 IM 5:59.29
Splits
FL 1:32.8 (43.6-49.2)
BK 1:36.2 (49.1-47.0)
BR 1:36.4 (48.8-47.6)
FR 1:13.8 (38.1-35.7)
I improved the old Adirondack record by 37 seconds with this swim. I think I can improve quite a bit with a keener sense of pace. My sense of ideal splits for 400 IM is to limit loss of pace to about 3 seconds from 1st to 2nd 50 of Fly, but to increase pace by about.5 seconds on the 2nd 50 of the BK, BR and FR. I think my BK split can improve by at least 4 seconds by itself. The key will be to swim the fly with greater ease and avoid feeling short of breath as I begin BK. I spent the 1st 50 of BK recovering from FL.

So here's today's swim

400 IM 5:53.52
FL 1:33.1 (43.6 - 49.5)
BK 1:31.7 (47.2 - 44.6)
BR 1:35.5 (47.3 - 48.1)
FR 1:13.0 (37.4 - 35.6)

I'm pleased to have improved by 6 seconds and to have improved my split balance from two weeks ago. I wanted to 'float' through the Fly so I could feel fresher and swim more strongly on the Backstroke.
Well I really did feel as if I floated through Fly - yet my split was nearly identical to how I swam two weeks ago at Zones.
I felt much better on that first 50 of BK. So much better I swam perhaps too aggressively on the 2nd 50. That may have taken a bit of starch out of my BR split.
In any case, I'm pleased with my improvement, with swimming faster in the middle, and with placing 9th in the 60-64 age group. Months ago I set a goal of placing top 10 in all events. So far, it's still on.

In 2012 I will aim to break 5:40 in this.
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Good result there, Terry!

I managed to find the link to the online results, which is very handy.

http://www.usms.org/comp/scnats11/realtime/

I have to say that, even allowing for my unfamiliarity with SCY standards, the standard seems amazingly high. Some of the times in the oldest age groups are utterly astounding.

Looking forward to seeing how you do tomorrow. The omens are good.
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Default Day 3 Masters Nationals 200 Fly - 200 Free

I kept up my streak of placing in Top 10, at least for my first event 200 Fly, where I placed 7th. I fell short, by one place, in the 200 Free, placing 11th. My streak of swimming seasonal best times also came to an end, as my times in both 200 Fly and 200 Free were slower than I'd swum at the Zone Championship two weeks ago.
I'll post my splits from both meets for comparison purposes.

200 Fly
Apr 16 Zones

3:06.2
Splits 42.4 - 47.6 - 48.4 - 47.7

April 30 Nationals
3:09.28
Splits: 43.1 - 49.5 - 47.4 - 49.2

200 Free
Apr 17 Zones
2:20.31
Splits: 33.0 - 35.8 - 36.1 - 35.2

Apr 30 Nationals
2:20.98
Splits: 32.6 - 35.7 - 36.6 - 35.9

Looking at how I split the race is instructive and suggests how I can improve these swims. In the 200 Fly, I just floated through the 1st 50, focused solely on Balance thoughts - mainly being very tuned in to the sensation of being returned to the surface by buoyancy. Even so, my 2nd 50 was over six seconds slower. In looking at the splits of the best 200 Flyers in the meet, many of them lose only 3 to 4 seconds from the 1st to 2nd 50.
I picked up by two seconds on the 3rd 50, which I doubt anyone else in the meet managed. And very uncharacteristically I fell back by almost two seconds in the 4th 50. What's most instructive about this loss of pace is that I expended far more energy on the 49 sec 4th 50, than I had on the 47-sec 3rd 50. Shows I swim better when I stay a bit more contained.

As for the 200 Free my first 100 was six-tenths faster than Zones, but the 2nd 100 was over a second slower. I still have much work to do to regain my prior mastery of pacing.
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Default Day 3 Masters Nationals 200 Fly - 200 Free

I kept up my streak of placing in Top 10, at least for my first event 200 Fly, where I placed 7th. I fell short, by one place, in the 200 Free, placing 11th. My streak of swimming seasonal best times also came to an end, as my times in both 200 Fly and 200 Free were slower than I'd swum at the Zone Championship two weeks ago.
I'll post my splits from both meets for comparison purposes.

200 Fly
Apr 16 Zones

3:06.2
50 yd Splits 42.4 - 47.6 - 48.4 - 47.7

April 30 Nationals
3:09.28
Splits: 43.1 - 49.5 - 47.4 - 49.2

200 Free
Apr 17 Zones 2:20.31
Splits: 33.04 - 35.89 - 36.14 - 35.24

Apr 30 Nationals
2:20.98
Splits: 32.6 - 35.7 - 36.6 - 35.9

Looking at how I split the race is instructive and suggests how I can improve these swims. In the 200 Fly, I just floated through the 1st 50, focused solely on Balance thoughts - mainly being very tuned in to the sensation of being returned to the surface by buoyancy. Even so, my 2nd 50 was over six seconds slower. In looking at the splits of the best 200 Flyers in the meet, many of them lose only 3 to 4 seconds from the 1st to 2nd 50.
I picked up by two seconds on the 3rd 50, which I doubt anyone else in the meet managed. And very uncharacteristically I fell back by almost two seconds in the 4th 50. What's most instructive about this loss of pace is that I expended far more energy on the 49 sec 4th 50, than I had on the 47-sec 3rd 50. Shows I swim better when I stay a bit more contained.

As for the 200 Free my first 100 was six-tenths faster than Zones, but the 2nd 100 was over a second slower. I still have much work to do to regain my prior mastery of pacing.
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Default Day 4 - 500 Free

I'll post twice today because there's a long break between the 500 and my final event, the 200 Breast and I've come back to my hotel to check out.
I placed 7th in the 500, in a time of 6:19.33. When I looked at the display board after finishing, I was initially disappointed by the time, which was 6 seconds slower than I swam two weeks ago. It was even slower than the 6:18.8 total of my 1st and 4th 250 splits from the 1000 Free on Thursday.

However, just before going to the pool I'd tweeted that my goal was to swim the 500 as a 'work of art' and I was pleased with having done so. I beat all the other swimmers in my heat by at least a full pool length, so I was pacing myself with no way to judge my speed. However I swam very close to the stroke count plan I set for myself and what resulted was a swim in which my pace control was the best I've managed in a long time. At the bottom I'm pasted the official splits, for all ten 50s. I see that I descended the last eight 50s and missed by only two-tenths, descending from the 2nd to the 10th 50.

Here's a split comparison between my Zones swim of two weeks ago and today's
Zone 6:13.3 1:11.2 - 1:15.9 - 1:15.8 - 1:15.3 - 1:14.1
Natl 6:19.33 1:14.6 – 1:17.8 – 1:17.4 – 1:16.1 – 1:13.3

And the official splits from the meet web site. From the 39.07 on the 3rd 50, I swam progressively faster on each 50 that followed. I believe that qualifies as a 'work of art.'

7 Laughlin, Terry 60 ADMS 6:15.34 6:19.33
35.59 1:14.58 (38.99)
1:53.65 (39.07) 2:32.42 (38.77)
3:11.18 (38.76) 3:49.85 (38.67)
4:27.94 (38.09) 5:06.01 (38.07)
5:43.35 (37.34) 6:19.33 (35.98)
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Congrats on your work of art Terry. Looking at the results page it shows you tied exactly with another swimmer. Until I read your account and found out you both were in different heats, I thought the two of you must of had a classic race. His split times are amazingly close to you and your last split caught him for the tie. Of course being in different heats took away the mano a mano aspect.
Another thing I noticed is that all but the slowest swimmer in the age group was well above their respective seed times. Is this pool considered a SLOOOOW pool? You were amongst the closest to attain the seed time.
Have enjoyed your posts and have felt the race excitement. Love the atmosphere.
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