So we had a little swim meet this morning. My schedule this week has been nothing short of disasterous due to factors well beyond my control, so I went in tired and not expecting very much. But ... I surprised myself.
The game plan Duane and I worked out was based on a few factors. We had to use this opportunity to figure out what I will be swimming at Provincials (which is now eight weeks away). My "standard" events are pretty much cast in stone (50 & 100 free, 50 & 100 breast, 50 fly) but then it got interesting. There is a six individual event limit at provincials, so as we saw it the options were 100 fly or a distance freestyle event. Duane is also interested in having me as a potential flyer in a 4 x 100 medley relay. But as we know I had not, until today, completed a 100 butterfly as a grown-up. This meet was an opportunity to do a Provincials meet simulation, because on Day 3 the 100 fly is the event preceeding the 4 x 100 free relay. So part of the question became, if I can swim the 100 fly, can I then swim a sprint 100 free afterwards?
I knew the last 25 of today's 100 metre fly would be difficult (and ugly), and it was. But I finished it! Legally. And in a respectable (but not brilliant) 1:31.low. So, yay for me!! I did not hold out great hope for my 100 free, but I had every intent of going all out like I would in a relay, and letting the chips fall where there might. Lo! And behold even! I qualified for US Masters Nationals with a 1:16.6. That would be a 1:08.6 short course yards. And a PB.
I guess the Evil Cross-Training is good for something! ;-) And I guess the mystery event is the 100 fly ...