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Montreal North - Provincial Masters Invitation - Swim1650 Freestyle

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Montreal, Quebec
Total Time = 23m 39s
Overall Rank = /
Age Group =
Age Group Rank = 0/
Pre-race routine:

I am not sure a swim meet makes for great race reports, but oh well, at least I will be able to read it in the future and remind myself what it was like.

I traveled all week so could not swim with masters. So yesterday, I went to a local pool and just started off swimming an 800m at a smooth pace to see what it would give. It was relatively smooth and the pace was good, so I figured the week off was probably a good thing. But an 800 and 1500 are two different beasts and I set my ambitious goal to break 24min for the 1500m.

Last April I did a PB of 24:50 long course. This was short course but I did not feel I had improved much since. At masters I find we do little for distance freestyle hence my belief I did not improve.

I suspected I would be very close to 24min and I did not want it to be 24:02 or something so close.

I did not eat anything. I had a big breakfast at 9AM and ended up swimming at about 3:30 in the afternoon. My tummy was grumbling on the starting block. Mistake.
Event warmup:

I did a slow 100m warm up, then tried a 200 at race pace. It was fine. So I swam a few more easy laps and did another 100 at race pace. I ended up swimming a total of 600m for warm up.

  • 23m 39s
  • 1500 meters
  • 01m 35s / 100 meters

I entered this race for 2 reasons. To see if there was any improvement since last April, and if so to get my Threshold pace for training. I have determined it to be 1:35 per 100m.

I was lucky. One of the coaches from my team was in the lane next to me and said if I followed him, I would break 24min. I tried following him and I did break it :-)

But he is about 5 inches taller than me and when he would push off the wall would get a huge lead, which I would have to fight back to get within reach. I need to do better turns. I flip, but do not streamline properly. I just gasp for air.
What would you do differently?:

Not be as nervous and worry less.The pain is only temporary and is quickly forgotten
Post race
Warm down:

None. Stupid. My arms are aching now

What limited your ability to perform faster:

More distance training needed.

Event comments:

Masters is a great way to measure progress. The meets are well organized and the team spirit is great.

Last updated: 2009-12-04 12:00 AM
00:23:39 | 1500 meters | 01m 35s / 100meters
Age Group: 1/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
50m splits 41.72, 43.39, 45.63, 45.26, 46.35, 46.37, 46.30, 47.86, 47.49, 47.48, 48.69, 47.71, 48.22, 48.33, 47.65, 47.58, 47.45, 48.09, 48.21, 48.26, 48.87, 48.78, 47.95, 48.75, 48.45, 48.01, 48.34, 48.66, 47.89, 45.89
Course: It was in a 25m pool (short course)
Start type: Dive Plus:
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current:
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks?
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5] 5

2009-12-05 5:19 PM

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