Swim Meet & Tucson Plans

Posted on December 26, 2009

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Over Dec 11-13 I competed with my masters swim club, Minuteman, at the New England Short Course (Meters) Championships. Like last year, the meet was a ton of fun. Minuteman does such a fantastic job of bringing together beginner swimmers, people just looking to stay in shape, former collegiate athletes, and elite triathletes and providing a solid framework from which to improve. Unfortunately, we took 2nd to Cambridge Masters this year (We won last year). I also fell just short of defending my High Point award and took 2nd place in the high point standings. I swam surprisingly well given the fact that I had the flu earlier in the week.

Getting ready to dominate some backstroke

My meet highlights include:

800 free – 1st 8:51

400 free – 1st 4:15 (NEM age group record)

400 IM – 3rd 4:47 (NEM age group record)

200 free – 2:02

100 back (relay) – 1:02.8

200 back – 2:17

200 IM – 2:19

Alicia and I discussing some race strategy

Jarrod got Normatic to sponsor Minuteman for the weekend. Awesome recovery!

Swimming some distance free.

All systems Go for Tucson

It’s official. I’ll be spending the first two months of 2010 in sunny, warm, not-snowy Tucson, AZ. The past two years, I’ve spent Jan & Feb at home before going out to Chula Vista, but I can’t say I’m too sad about altering that plan this year. Going to Chula Vista last month was a nice sneak preview of how pleasant base training is when you don’t have to sit on a trainer or run on a treadmill. So the condo we’re renting looks pretty sweet. The couple who owns the condo had to choose between renting it to me and Doug, (the triathletes), or a stripper from Reno. We think they made the right choice, although I’m not sure if they know that at times a triathlete’s outfit is pretty similar to a stripper’s (well, the speedo part at least…). Anyway, I leave on Monday and will spread the driving out over the following 5 days and arrive in Tucson on Jan 2nd. This will be by far the longest road trip I’ve ever taken. In college I used to drive from Ann Arbor to Boston, but that doesn’t compare this cross-country trek…

Here are some photos of the condo:

Happy Holidays!

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