OK. 2020 is behind us. Sort of. We are now into March of 2021 and the chaos and hysteria of COVID-19 seems to be calming down. Deep breath... and sincere condolences for all who have lost loved ones or have been personally adversely affected by this pandemic.
That being said, my friend Carol, Coach and Founder of Albany Armada Masters Swimming has been working steadily to keep things as normal as possible in our swimming community. Among her efforts, she aided the comeback of competitions by offering the Annual Splash and Dash Pentathlon - on line this year.
This is a fun meet to do: 5 events, all sprints: 50 butterfly, 50 backstroke, 50 breaststroke, 50 freestyle and to top things off, a 100 Individual Medley (IM), professionally timed, done during the month of February.
2021 marks the third year I have entered this fast paced competition. Normally I do two or three events, but because this was held virtually and I literally had a whole month to do these, I swam all five. This was done with the amazing help of Coach Sharlene of the Rolling Hills Mud Sharks, who took time out of her busy and limited practices, to ensure I had a lane and a starting block.
I must say, my times were not as fast as I had imagined, or even hoped they would be. But I have been reassured by Coach Sharlene and my supportive teammates to be patient and not put any extra pressure on myself. Instead, I can blame a year of COVID restrictions, pool closures and less training, rather than any lack of ability on my aging body. I will look back in a few years and be happy that I could swim all these events, regardless of the times I posted, especially the challenging butterfly!
50 Butterfly, 45.08
50 Backstroke, 43.22
50 Breaststroke, 52.65
50 Freestyle, 33.72
100 IM, 1:34.21
May we all come through this together and stronger!