The last two weekends have been all about the pool! Last weekend I went to Santa Clara to see the Arena Grand Prix. That was incredibly exciting! So much fast swimming from people we know! I saw Michael Phelps win his heat of 200IM only to come in–shock of shocks–third, after Conor Dwyer and Chase Kalisz. I was lured by a handsome talkative man to an artisan jerky booth, only to find out that he was Tyler Clary. I eavesdropped at conversations between world-class coaches and Olympic hopefuls, and I saw Simone Manuel power through the water and was super impressed. What an inspiring thing to do – I’m so glad it was nearby.
And today, I swam my first-ever pool meet at San Mateo Masters. The USF team came in full force and swam some fast and happy times. I was in the slowest heat, but surprised myself by swimming the 1500M in 30:43 and winning my heat. It’s not lightning fast, but it’s pretty neat given how sluggish my off-season times were. Did my best at the 800 mixed relay, and am now resting at home. Happily, I got to swim a lot of nice, relaxing, slow laps in the warm up/cool down pool, and so I feel like I’ve done my share for today. Tomorrow I’ll go for a chill, quiet swim at USF or in the bay, and Sunday is all about Pride. I am seriously considering riding my bike in my swim gear.