Quick tune-up meet in Annapolis
So this is the meet where my husband and I first met, 17 years and 1 day prior. Since we have no local Zone meet this year, I've been trying to cobble together enough meets to feel prepared for Nationals in April.
I decided to swim the 200 back, 50 back, and 50 fly at this meet. Free has been feeling good in workouts, so I've not been too concerned with racing it in a meet scenario.
The Good - My 200 back goal for this meet was to just be under 2:20. This was the first time that I've had the chance to race the 200 not shaved and tapered since the pandemic started. We did broken 200s at practice on Wednesday before the meet and I did a 2:15 add-up, so I knew my 2:19 seed time was realistic. I was seeded first overall and managed to finish about 4 seconds ahead of the poor lone guy in the heat. 2:19.25 was faster than my seed time, so I was quite pleased. And this was the last of my 3 events for the day, so even better.
The Bad - My 50 fly time was great for in-season, but whoo boy were there a lot of things wrong with this swim! At least now I know what I need to do to have a good race at Nationals. My 29.08 was a pleasant surprise to see when I finished.
The Ugly - My 50 back was a hot mess. WAY too deep off the start, turnover that was glacial, and just overall sluggish and sloppy. I've been slower at this meet before, so it shouldn't have been a shock to go 31.02, but I do dislike seeing that 1 after the 3 for this race. But like the 50 fly, I know what I need to work on for Nationals.
Afterwards, we hit up Mike's Crab House on the South River to truly recreate our first meeting. Food was delicious as always.
This was a good tune up and good way to go into my running retreat.