Saturday brought the excitement and nervousness of my first ever swim meet. The forecast was for cool but sunny conditions – we got lucky that it turned out a little warmer than expected.
Melissa completely rocked her heat in the 1000 free.
My old Campbell masters crew
After what felt like all morning waiting around, the longer distance events were wrapping up and I started to warm up.
First up was the 50 free novice. I wore Kate O’s cupcake suit.
It was my first time diving off the blocks!
And it didn’t look very pretty. My masters lanemate Heidi, in the adjoining lane and also doing her first masters meet, was much better at it!
With the Campbell swimmers after our 50 free heats
Heidi and I celebrate our first swim ribbons!
After that was the 50 back novice and the 100 free. I’m not quite sure why I entered the back, other than it was a novice event. I’m not a very fast backstroker.
The 100 free was easily my happiest moment of the day, as I managed a 7 second PR in the 100 yard distance, as well as broke what has been an unbreakable time barrier for me. And I did it without flip turns, which means I can still get it faster!
In the end, I wound up with a 3rd place W30-34 in the 50 free novice, 1st place W30-34 in the 50 back novice and 1st place W30-34 in the 100 free.
It was definitely a different experience doing a swim meet. People of every imaginable age were there competing and all so supportive and welcoming. I saw people have to be helped up on the blocks with their canes, then dive on in and swim gracefully. I felt so honored that my masters coach skipped the big childrens swim meet that was going down this weekend (my brothers and sisters were competing at it) to support his adult swimmers at this event.
As a followup on my first TRX workout, I didn’t experience any life-changing soreness but I definitely felt the work I had done in several spots, especially triceps and chest. My entire core was on the tender side for a few days – doing a situp to get out of bed did elicit a grunt or two. This will be so good for me!!!!
Training totals for March 8-14:
Swim: 5350 yards
Bike: 53.7 miles
Run: 12.0 miles
Strength: 1/2 hour
Total time: 9 hours