Long Course Champs were held July 19-21. I swam Saturday and Sunday. Saturday was not my best day. I felt great, was happy to swim my events, but didn't swim very well: many seconds slower than usual on my 200 back! No explanation, just slower. As a consolation, fifth place ribbons are a beautiful, bright green. Slightly depressed, I went home Saturday night and had a fleeting thought: "I don't have to go back tomorrow!!"
But that would be quitting and I'm not a quitter. Besides, my team, The Rolling Hills Mud Sharks, are depending on me to be there for the relays.
I am so glad I went back on Sunday! I placed third in the 50 fly, the 50 breast and the 100 free, with very respectable times. I won my 100 backstroke!!! Yeah!! I helped The Mud Sharks win 2nd place for small teams (out of 33 teams) with only 9 swimmers! Even though I'm not always personally victorious, I still love swimming.
Join me for a fun-filled evening!
I'll read from The Water Beckons, tell some stories and have books for sale.
$19.00 (inc. tax.)
When: July 22, 2019 6 PM
Where: Le Chalet Basque Restaurant
405 North San Pedro Rd.
San Rafael, Ca. (415) 479-1070
Light appetizers will be served and the bar will be open.
It's been six years since I began writing my third book, The Water Beckons, and it is finally finished! All these months, my family and friends have repeatedly heard about this endeavor and have been very patient. I wanted to capture the essence of a National Swimming competition and bring the reader along for the ride, actually along for the swim, while telling the tale of my life-long love of the water. I hope I have accomplished my goal.
I thank my family, all of the United States Masters Swimming (USMS) organization and our local Pacific Masters for allowing me to share their stories along with mine. With love, may I present, The Water Beckons, A Swimmer's Story.
Just got back from the Short Course Spring Champs this past weekend. This meet was different. For the first time ever, I missed my event. I had the heat number wrong, and by the time I figured it out, I ran to the blocks, with everyone else ready to go...
The timer saw me running up and yelled to the starter to wait. Coach Sharlene was yelling "wait!" But the starter didn't wait and sent everyone off as I stood there. I now have a permanent NS on my record. A No-Show.
In anticipation of her book release all about her swimming exploits, Linda will keep you posted on her trials as well as her successes.
The first meet of the year was the Valentines Affair, held at USF, Feb 12. Jumping back into the swim on a rainy day, Linda registered for and swam the maximum allowed: 5 events. Her motto: If she attends, she may as well swim.
100 yard free was her first event and she clocked a personally disappointing 1:16.61. After the first two laps, she got so fatigued that all she could think about was trying to finish and dreading her next event, the difficult 50 fly. If she was too tired for this 100 free, how was she going to be able to swim two laps of butterfly? It crossed her mind that she could scratch the fly. But that would be quitting and Linda’s not a quitter.
She was so glad she pulled herself together and swam the fly. She did a very respectable time, 40.29. She felt better. Her spirits were further lifted when results were posted, and she had won her freestyle! Yeah!
Second place finishes in the fly; the 100 back, 1:28.01; the 50 back, 41.03; and the 50 free, 34.45: all in all, a successful meet. No disqualifications and no quitting!
The day was not done. After a restful nap at home, Linda attended the Annual Mud Sharks Award Party. Disco themed this year, she wore the shiniest blouse she could find in her closet. Linda received the 2018 Top Sharkette Award for highest number of points earned at the meets! But that was last year and just like financial firms advise, “Past performance is no guarantee of future results.”
The effort begins again in the New Year. The USF meet was a very good start for 2019. Go Mud Sharks!
I had a wonderful weekend swimming with the Mud Sharks in the Short Course Meters Championships, held at Heather Farms in Walnut Creek Oct. 12-14, 2018.
Seven individual events and 4 relays was an ambitious schedule, but it was well worth it, as I tied with Cheryl Harms for High Point in our age group! I placed first in my 100 freestyle, with a fast time for me, 1:22.9, 2nd in all my other events, 50 free, 50 backstroke, 100 back, my signature 200 back, and for fun, I swam the 50 butterfly and the 100 Individual medley (IM). I’m still stoked! As I once read on the back of a T-shirt, “I swim, therefore IM.”
Linda and most of the delegates at the USAS convention in Jacksonville, Florida listened to Dr. Tanaka’s presentation. He started out showing a group of ugly, almost fetal-looking mole rats. He said they live long lives, showing not much aging until they die. He made the room laugh when he said, “I don’t want to look like them. I want to live like them. The Mole Rat is my Spirit Animal.” He included many graphs of age related/exercise related/ studies. Swimming is beneficial, but is not actually proven to cause more longevity, citing Pub Med Data Base and the National Library of Medicine.
Although older swimmers are swimming faster now (a mediocre swimmer today could easily beat the first Olympic champions of 1896), the age of Olympic champions has remained constant. He showed a muscular Dara Torres at age 41 as an exception.
Then he brought up sexual prowess with a graph of sexual frequency (in percentile):
Among the general population:
Men 49, Women 26 in their 40s, and Men 24, Women 24 in their 60s
Men 100, Women 100 in their 40s, and Men 100, Women 100 in their 60s
Dr. Tenaka mentioned that any study showing 100% as any answer cannot be scientifically trusted, but the audience seemed to puff up with pride nevertheless.
Linda just returned from Jacksonville, Florida where she attended the 2018 Annual Convention of United States Aquatic Sports. She represented Pacific Masters Swimming, a division of United States Masters Swimming (USMS). Also attending were members of USA Swimming; a young, very vocal group of synchronized swimmers, USA Synchronized Swimming; and one member of USA Water Polo. Linda met him, the #2 man in the organization, Bill Smith.
The convention was very well planned with 1400 attendees from all over the country. Meeting rooms were clearly marked. Maggie and Linda were kept busy with general HOD (House of Delegates) meetings, interspersed with committee meetings and workshops. There was something to do all day, every day.
Daily swim practices were scheduled, but alas, too early. The bus left promptly at 5:25 AM for a 6:30-7:30 practice. With the East Coast time change, making these practices seemed, well, impractical. A small over-heated but pleasant pool on the roof served well for one taper workout scheduled tightly between meetings.
Along with her Update Editing Team, Linda won the June Krauser Award for communication.
Linda had the pleasure of rooming with the iconic 1952 Helsinki Olympian Gail Roper. Gail was a fantastic companion, a font of information with an amazing memory. Understandably, she sits on the History and Archives Committee. A small, intimate, dignified ceremony inducted new members into the International Masters Swimming Hall of fame. Among the presenters, Gail Roper was selected to present one of the honors to her friend, Maurine Kornfeld. Maurine is 97 and said to lively applause, “If you can’t out-swim them, out-live them.”