Thursday, February 4, 2010

Swimming Update

This weekend is a Very Big Swim Meet.

Three full grueling days.  Swimmers from several states, fierce competition.

Aidan is a bit behind the eight ball, due to THIS little incident which caused him to miss a few meets, so he hasn't quite attained the goals that he wanted to at this point in the season.

His main goals are qualifying times for state championships, and also the 13-year old "A" level times, so that he'll start next season at the "A" level and won't have to work his way up to it.  He'd love to get 4+ state qualifying times (only has one so far), and also at least 3 "A" times at the 13-year old level.  None there.

Both are tough goals.  Especially in light of the fact that the Texas Swim Association, tired of being referred to as "one of the three fastest states in the country" (the other two being California and Florida), wants to be the fastest state.  So they raised the bar.  A lot.  They lowered all the time goals for qualifying for the state championship meet.

This is good news, bad news.  The bad news is that it makes it much, much harder to qualify.  The good news is that the meet will run a lot more quickly this year with fewer swimmers!

So.  At this weekend's Very Big Swim Meet he's got to drop some time.  Not a whole lot in most cases - in some events he is mere hundredths away from making his goals.  But it's three long days with qualifying races in the morning, and then finals at night.  Takes its toll on him sometimes.

So.  Keep your good thoughts pointed towards Aidan this weekend and also for me, so that I can keep him fed, positive, rested, focused, hydrated, and maybe even having a little fun.

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