Today was the start the SPMA Short Course Meters Championships at the Belmont Plaza in Long Beach, California.
The meet is currently off the hook both size-wise and record-wise! The Masters Club throwing the event, The Long Beach Grunions, are doing such a superb job. Today alone sixteen world records were set and the quality of the swimming was something I have never seen at a Masters Swimming event before. I suspect a total of 75 World Records will be set before the end of the weekend. Even Coach Ahelee set one in the 200-back! I believe her time was a 2:34.24. It was glorious!
This is the last dance for suits and when the swimmers lined up on the blocks, you saw a ratio of people wearing tech-suits as compared to retro-textile running at about 8-to-1.
Now for my dangerously stupid mistake:
The meet has over 600 competitors and it ran hopelessly late. The meet started at 9:00 AM and my relay did not go off till 9:10 PM. I was tired, everything seemed hazy and surreal and I was yawning. (I suppose these are my excuses to lessen my stupidity but even still I am seriously considering never swimming an 800-relay ever again so as to prevent something like this from happening again.)
The first SCAQ swimmer came in a 2:03 and second came in what I thought to be a 2:08. Erroneously, I thought it was my turn to dive and subsequently I dove. I am 6'2" and I weigh between 190-195-pounds and it would have been catastrophic if I landed on him. A teammate yelled at the last minute and I was able to avert a collision. A swimmer in the heat just before did the very same thing but he hit his teammate pretty hard and it wasn't pretty.
I was in the heat 8, the final heat of the 4x200 Free relay. I am swimming in lane 8 and all of the above can be viewed at LiveSwim.net
Why do I mention this: well, I am certainly not bragging. I mention this to illustrate that if I screw up at a meet or on this blog I will admit it, own it, and try to improve. In this example of a severe meet "FAIL" you can see me falter in a very clumsy and stupid way and I am pointing it out. If you see my words "FAIL" on this blog, please point it out and I will correct it.