|Coach Kelsey and me before the meet.|
I wound up scratching the 50 because, quite frankly, I was going to get smoked. This left me with the 100 meter free and the 500 meter free. As I sat around watching the other events and haging with Kelsey and some of the other alum,who happen to be in their 20's I learned a few things.
1. "Meet" swimmers hate the 500. It's a super long swim to them apparently. It's like a bunch of 5Kers discussing the marathon. Hate. It. (This helped me out a ton.)
2. Swimmers don't like running. I spoke with a group of men about an upcoming race I was helping promote and no sooner did I say run then one of them said, "Running is bad for your knees!" Spoken like true swimmers.
3. Twenty-three year old college grads complain about being old and out of shape. Bastards.
4. Olympic gold medalists are bad ass and you should forever be thankful if they are not in your events.
Brooke Bennett, three time olympic medalist, showed up to suppor the team and swam in two events. She was amazing to watch. She was competing against women fresh out of college who are no slouches, I mean these are all fantastic swimmers and she just blew by them. True talent like that is just so crazy to watch close up. I chatted her up a bit before she left and she's a very nice lady. We swam on the same club team in high school although I'm 99% certain she had zero clue who I was. Heh.
|Brooke Bennett in the middle in black.|
|There I am. Trying not to barf.|
|500 win thumbs up!|