>> Saturday, March 02, 2013
In the final pre-race Psych sheet (which contains the rankings of everyone registered based on their expected times), I was "ranked" 49th out of 57 in the 50 free, and 36th out of 48 in the 100 free. I swam a lot faster times than I had predicted, but I came in right around those rankings:
50 yard freestyle:
4 out of 5 in the male 30-34 age group
37 out of 43 men
45 out of 55 overall
100 yard freestyle:
50 splits: 33.70 and 36.47
1 out of 2 in the male 30-34 age group
27 out of 35 men
32 out of 46 overall
So that's in the bottom 20% OVERALL for the 50, and in the bottom 35% for the 100. That sounds crappy. But I'm still thrilled with what I was able to do! (I had no clue what I could swim an open 50 in [I guessed 38 and hoped for around 35 on a good day], and I had HOPED to swim the 100 in around 1:14 on a good day.) Oh, and I guess I DID win my age group in the 100! ;)
I mentioned the following in my race report as I started the 100: "I realized shortly that I was a bit in front of Julia, but I was trying to go out hard - I was planning on dying before the end." And being I lost nearly 3 seconds in that final 50, you can see I went out hard and tried not to die! Julia swam splits of 35.27 and 36.59 to finish in 1:11.86. She had MUCH closer to even splits.
Speaking of Julia, she did great in the 500 yards, finishing in 6:47. There's no way I could do that. Then she ended with the 1650! (She had nearly 2500 yards of racing!) And she was pretty consistent during that last grueling 1650: glancing at her 50 yard splits, she opened with a 40.xx, had 3 near the middle that were 45.xx, but all of the rest (29 of her 33 laps) were between 41.xx and 44.xx. Nice job Julia!!
Back with a small GIVEAWAY next week!... Happy weekend!