When I started doing Masters swimming, I decided to do it just to get better at swimming for my aquabike races. I never planned to compete in any swim meets. It seemed like one more thing to add on my already full plate. I should know myself better than that though, because lo and behold, February rolled around, and the opportunity to compete in a meet here in Auburn presented itself.
To be fair, I truly don’t think I am going to become a competitive Masters swimmer. To be fair, I should probably also mark this blog post down so that when that turns out to be wrong, I can come back and reference this post and sigh at myself. But the meet was in Auburn, I didn’t have to pay to register, I didn’t have to travel, I didn’t have to pay for a hotel, and I finally figured “What the hell?” If I embarrassed myself, then not that many people would know. At the very least, I would be able to get a baseline for where I was time-wise for the aquabike swim distance.
So I signed up for the 500 yard free. Then I figured as long as I was swimming one race, I might as well swim a couple more, because I was going to be there anyway. So I added the 200 and 100 free. And a relay.
Surprisingly, I did really well. Extremely well. I got prizes! I love prizes.
So that was fun, I got my times, and I figured that was it.
Then there was an intramural meet a couple weeks later. So of COURSE I signed up for that. And of COURSE I signed up for multiple events in that. This time though, it included diving. I did dive in college, so I had to reach way back into my muscle memory for that one. Thankfully, I did not have to throw a full list, just three dives. But I managed to win the diving, and not look half bad doing it, considering my last diving meet was (gulp) 13 years ago.
We’ll just ignore the fact that I have essentially no height whatsoever in this dive, and that I was pretty much twisting right off the board. At least my toes are pointed and pretty much together.
I also managed, in this meet, to swim a time that would qualify me for Master’s nationals. Am I going to go? No. I’m officially registered now for my 4 aquabikes this summer, I’m trying to find a triathlon relay or two to do with my husband and another friend of ours, and at some point I do need to learn how to say no.
Did I just say that? I should make a note of that too.