Greetings from my home in Santa Monica!
After spending the last couple of days getting back into a routine, I found some time to reflect on my swims in Indianapolis. At first I found myself somewhat disappointed with my swims. However, my mom talked some sense into me and there are some very positive things that came out of last weekend. I was having some shoulder problems during the meet, which is evident in the 400m video below. Under the circumstances of flying into Indianapolis the day before the meet, having some shoulder problems and it still being early in the season, I think I did ok :)
200 Free: 1:48.90 - Bronze - I took it out in 52.99 which is about 1s slower than I'm used to. That said, I didn't have any easy speed this weekend. I've been doing more yardage lately and felt pretty beat down going into the meet, which could be an explanation for not feeling that fresh. I watched video of my race and noticed that I was really flat in the water throughout my race. However, I was able to swim the last 50m just as fast as my 3rd 50m. This is giving me a lot of confidence going into Swiss Championships at the end of the month.
Click here to watch the race: 200m Freestyle.
400 Free: 3:53.30 - Bronze - This is my 3rd fastest time ever. My splits were consistent throughout the race and I was able to accelerate at the end again. I'm happy that my distance training is starting to come through in my races. I'm still getting used to swimming the 400m long course (Olympic size pool, 50m). It feels so much longer than a 400m in the short course (25m pool). I'm certain that the more I swim the race, the better I'll get.
Click here to watch the race: 400m Freestyle.
100 Free: 50.97 - 12th - I only swam the prelims of this event. My shoulder was starting to hurt pretty bad, so I decided scratch the B-Final in an effort to rest it. It's hard to draw any conclusions to my 100m Free. The only thing I would say is that it felt kind of forced. I was forcing my stroke rather than staying smooth. My easy speed will come along once I start resting.
In conclusion: I'm surrounded by Olympic medallists, World Record holders, World Champions on a daily basis. This has obviously made me ambitious and want more and more every time I swim. There is nothing wrong with that. However, it's important to be happy and content with oneself once in a while. Lately, I've been too caught up in racing (in competition and training) and haven't grateful enough with my efforts.
I want to end this post with a final though: Be grateful for what you have and what you have achieved. Things could always be worse.
As promised here are some links connected with the swim meet this weekend in Indianapolis:
- USA Swimming (you'll be able to find live streaming plus recaps of sessions on this page)
- Indianapolis GP event page (You'll be able to find results on this page)
I'm off to the airport in 20min to catch a flight. I wish everyone a happy Wednesday.
Hello Hello Everyone!
It’s been a little while since my last blog. For that, I want to apologize. Let me fill you in on what’s been going on since Christmas.
Shortly after Christmas I made my way back to the pool to burn off the festive goodies. After spending the first few days getting used to the water again, I went on a training trip to Laguna Beach starting off the New Year.. Now, some of my supporters would say: “That’s not a training trip”. Well, let me assure you that 2.5 hours of water work + 2 hours of dryland back-to-back every morning, did not make this a vacation. I spent a good 8 days in Laguna getting back into shape and setting myself up for a good training base.
After Laguna, I had only a few weeks before my first meet of 2011. I flew to Switzerland end of January to partake in the annual International Meet in Uster (a.k.a. IMU). SchwimmClub Uster-Wallisellen has given me incredible support over the years and I think there is no bigger honor to represent the club at an International meet in their home pool. I swam the 100, 200, 400 Freestyle and the 100 Butterfly. Surprisingly I managed to win every event that I swam.
100 Free: 48.69 I was pleased with this time considering that I swam the 400 Free only 45min earlier. I also managed to swim .2s faster than last year.
200 Free: 1:45.41 I had desperately wanted to swim a Meet record in this event. Unfortunately, I missed my goal by .2s. Again, I was able to swim faster than last year.
400 Free: 3:45.74 I dropped 4s from my time last year. I was pleased that I was able to accelerate towards the end of my race. I’ll be working more on my 400 this season to improve my last 50m of the 200.
100 Fly: 53.19 What a surprise! I didn’t expect to win this event. I like to swim the 100 Fly to get away from Freestyle and mix things up.
It was a great trip. I spent a few extra days after the meet with my family. Unfortunately, the time came and went by WAY too quickly. It was nice knowing that I’m coming back in no time towards the end of March for Swiss Nationals and World Championship Trials.
I got back from Switzerland exactly 3 weeks ago and have been busting my @ss in the pool. I’ve been able to train with more consistency and more focus since my disappointment in Dubai. I was much more disappointed in Dubai as I led to believe. I’m now lifting 2x a week, yoga 1x a week, and doing doubles (swimming in the morning AND afternoon) 2x a week. I’m in a very good routine right now, which is helping my consistency of swimming fast in practice. Next week, I will be competing in the Indianapolis Grand Prix. I’ll be posting more info as we get closer to the event.
In the meantime I want all my supporters and followers to know that I’m working hard in the pool. I haven’t had much time to do “fun” things outside the pool lately, since I’ve been using my downtime to recover. I’ll be sure to update my blog more frequently though. I promise :)
I’ll leave you with this quote that I found fitting:
“Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.” – Aristotle
Der St. Galler, eigentlich ein Crawlspezialist, senkte in seiner bevorzugten Nebendisziplin die persönliche Bestmarke von der EM in Budapest um 0,10 Sekunden auf 53,54. "Schweizer Rekord ist Schweizer Rekord, egal ob in einer Haupt- oder Nebendisziplin", stellte Meichtry danach klar. Der WM-Siebente über 200 m hätte sich sogar noch eine bessere Zeit erhofft, doch "ich war auf der zweiten Länge zu wenig schnell und auch der Anschlag war nicht perfekt."
Als 32. verpasste Meichtry die Qualifikation für die Halbfinals um rund eine Sekunde. "Das war mir im Vornherein schon klar, dass ich ausscheide. Für mich ging es einfach darum, Bestzeit zu erreichen, und das ist mir gelungen", erklärte Meichtry, dem dieses Unterfangen über 200 und 400 m Crawl nicht gelungen war. Ob die 100 m Delfin auch für Olympia ein Thema werden, weiss Meichtry noch nicht: "Mir macht es einfach Spass, diese Strecke zu schwimmen. Im Gegensatz zu den 200 Meter Crawl verspüre ich absolut keinen Druck. Ich konnte zudem nochmals zeigen, dass ich gut vorbereitet bin."
Mit Final "sehr zufrieden"
Meichtry kam mit einigen Tagen Abstand auch nochmals kurz auf seine WM-Finalpremiere zu sprechen. "Ich hatte zwar noch keine Zeit, das 200er-Rennen wirklich im Detail analysieren zu können. An einer WM ist halt immer so viel los. Doch nun kann ich sagen, dass ich sehr zufrieden bin. Ich war ja schliesslich mit all den grossen Namen im WM-Final, das ist doch gut", so der Schweizer Team-Captain. Unmittelbar nach dem Finalrennen am Dienstag hatte sich Meichtry noch darüber enttäuscht gezeigt, dass er gegenüber dem Halbfinal eine Position eingebüsst hatte und dass er nicht unter der 1:47er-Grenze angeschlagen hatte.
Lang wieder im Vorlauf out
Für Flori Lang war auch in seinem dritten Einsatz in Schanghai (nach 100 m Rücken und Crawl) nach dem Vorlauf Endstation. Der Teamsenior belegte in 22,80 über 50 m Crawl den 31. Platz. Für den Einzug in die Top 16 war eine Zeit von 22,33 gefordert.
"Das Rennen war nichts besonderes, aber sicher okay. Mein Ziel, hier Saisonbestzeiten zu schwimmen, habe ich bisher allerdings nicht erreicht", bemängelte der 28-jährige Zürcher. Er will in seinem letzten WM-Rennen (50 m Rücken heute Samstag) endlich den Cut überstehen. "Sehr gerne möchte ich mich in Schanghai endlich auch einmal am Abend präsentieren. Im Halbfinal wäre es dann toll, wenn ich den Turbo zünden könnte", hoffte Lang. Ein neuerliches Ausscheiden im Vorlauf fände er in seiner stärksten Disziplin "sehr deprimierend".