It turns out that my race from yesterday was better than I thought... good enough for Silver in my age group. There were only 3 of us, but going into the meet I was expecting to get 3rd by default... now I only have to improve by another 5 minutes by next year to challenge the gold.
Today I only had one event, so that meant I took a lot more pictures... which of course are online, and can be viewed at: http://www.paulgraham.ca/gallery/2005_masters_swim
I swam in the 4x50m freestyle relay today, in the anchor position... and somehow got the fastest split of the 4 of us. I'm sure it had nothing to do with the other 3 guys doing the 400m freestyle earlier in the day. Regardless, it was a fantastic time for me, and as a team we finished in 2:12. The results haven't been posted for that event, so I'm not sure what placing we'll get. A picture of our relay team can be found here: http://www.paulgraham.ca/gallery/2005_masters_swim_Saturday/IMG_9108
Paul on 04.02.05 @ 06:00 PM EST [link]
Mr. Fancy Pants
Day 1 of the Ontario Provincial Master's swim competition... Sudbury showed up in force, and during the first two events (200 breast stroke, and 1500 freestyle) we did quite well.
As for myself, I was entered in the 1500 with an estimated time of 27min. I've never raced before, so this was an estimate from speeds I'm able to maintain in practice. Well, turns out I was able to borrow a pair of those super fast speedo suits from a guy on our team who used to be a varsity swimmer. Well, I was all set with the fancy pants, I had to do well now that I looked the part. Off the blocks I got some water in my goggles when I dived in, but decided to keep going. Throughout the race I felt good, but it wasn't until the end that I realized how fast I had gone... I had destroyed my estimate by finishing in 23:23:41. I beat my estimate by almost 4 minutes! I'm thrilled, but now the bar has been set, and I'll have to swim even faster to beat that.
Today I've got a 200m freestyle relay, and tomorrow I've got two more relays and an 800m individual freestyle.
More Pictures of the first day of competition can be found here: http://www.paulgraham.ca/gallery/2005_masters_swim
Paul on 04.02.05 @ 09:02 AM EST [link]