Because the Olivet ladies swim team has just enough competitors to make a full roster (16ppl)... and most teams (that are competitive) have at least 10 more females than us... I would say that we did really well today! The part that makes me excited for this season, even though we only had 13 people compete today do to injury or illness, is the fact that every girl gives 110% every time she enters the water just to make up for our teams’ difference. Today, and Im sure every other meet we go to, we will take pride in our determination.
As for me... I did pretty well. The past two seasons I have taken under ten Not first place finishes all season... in all my combined events. Today... I took two second places and one first. Although I raced well... Both, in the 200 and 100 yard races, I was in the lead until the last 50... and 25 yards... depending on the race. I didn’t ‘die’ my competitor just sped up. In fact I swam rather consistently. My times were ok; but not spectacular for me. And after talking to my coaches and evaluation my time put in the pool I have realized that even though I have swam faster before, this is only the first dual meet of the season; as well as... We, as a team are working on our base work. That means that we are swimming long hard workouts, not short fast workouts, so that we gain endurance before we start training for speed. There is a keep phrase in that last sentence... We (the team & I) have yet to start training for speed. So, the fact that I almost beat two girls who have probably swam 6x's more speed workouts than me is a huge factor in their end of the races.
The wonderful thing about this new type of training being experienced with this new coach is that even though last year I won my races... I would hardly be able to pull myself out of the pool at the end of any of the races... no matter the distance. Currently, I and only half a body length away from those first place girls (swimming at there chest) and I feel like Im gliding (which is Awesome!). I am not about to beat myself up about my times... which are not my best, but still respectable or even fast for others. I am turning over a new leaf and allowing myself time to get better. Not only does this make me feel better about I’ve actually accomplished (with my times) but it allows me to know that there is a ton of room to grow and get better if I continue to work hard.
And our team is working hard! One Wednesday... our team did an alactic acid swim set... which are all out sprints to get ones body used to the alactic acid that builds up in ones muscles. Thursday... The guys swim in the morning and did 5,000 yards; and both the guys and the girls swam 7000 at evening practice. So the guys swam 13000 yards that day.
To put this into perspective... 5,500 yards is swimming 3 miles. For every one mile a person swims is equivalent to running 3. So the entire team 'ran' 12 miles at our evening practice on Thursday.
Even though the girls team didn’t swim, we still worked out hard in the morning.... we lifted reps... 4 sets; till the third and forth set we were ‘failing’ (on coaches orders).
On Friday we switch morning work-outs (Monday-Thursday’s girls lift, boys swim... and Tuesday-Friday... girls swim, boys lift). So Friday... the girls put in a few extra miles (3) in the morning as well. We, as a swim team, we're tired going into the meet today... and our coach told us this will be common for us to do. So even though both the girls and guys team lost (their first ever in 2 years) I know we have never worked this hard! And I know that the end of the year will have bigger pay offs than before! So good job to everyone! I am super proud of us!
My Mother came today! And boy have I missed her. Even though we didn’t get to talk a lot do to the fact that my head was either in water or I was losing my voice cheering for the guys and girls on the team; I am so grateful she came. She drove a 6 hour round trip to sit in a crowded area for 5 1/2 hours.
As for her divorce, she seems to be taking it well and even talked to me about my guy situation. She supports my opinion in not wanting a boyfriend right now, as she feels I should focus on my own personal growth. I love this about her... because she is so different from her own mother: who insisted that all women should be feeling privileged to be on a man’s arm. Well... now that Im in season and my arms are probably bigger than most guys... I don’t feel the need to impress anyone... or need anyone for protection. ;)