On Saturday June 12th I participated at the 2010 Finswimming Championships in Brig. In the midst of final exams at school and not really a great training regime I decided this was the one distraction needed to “recharge” my batteries. As I was limited to one day, my program for this year’s meet looked a bit different from what it probably would have otherwise. And it also marked my first outdoors competition of the year.
I started the morning with the prelims of the 100m FS and placed 2nd with a time of 48.6 which was good considering I was holding back a little and using my soft workout fin. Next up was the 50m AP. I won the silver medal in 19.5 which came rather as a surprise. I used the Glide for this race what probably slowed my down off the blocks, so I was actually pretty happy with that time as well.
Pretty good morning so far and my next event, the 100m BF, wasn’t even on my plan before I got to the meet. The event wasn’t on the meet information and I decided to add this event to my program during warm-up in the morning. I really didn’t face any competition in this event and was able to control the race but was glad to get a win for my team.
Now came the event you normally wouldn’t see on my schedule. I was up for the 400m FS. I decided to make the most of the day and maybe also “prove” some things to the young kids on my team. I finished 6th in comfortable 4:12.8 (doesn’t mean it didn’t hurt!) and probably still lost too much energy before the final of the 100m FS.
So last race of the day, final of the 100m FS. I knew the win probably wasn’t possible this year but I really wanted to defend my 2nd place from the prelims. I decided to take some risks and put on the Glide fin. Well, it wasn’t the right decision as I ended up 5th in 49.3.
Still overall it was a good championships meet for myself and I had a great time with my team and friends.