I always ask myself this question (a line from Rudy) before I begin a taper. This time I can say without any hesitation or doubt that I have. I have trained hard and well. I am able to hold a 1:10 pace/100 in practice, a goal which I set for myself a decade ago. I am injury free. And I am ready to swim fast.
Yesterday I swam in the main pool with Larry, David G., Kristy, Katy, Joe, and Mary. Whitney coached.
4 x (200 swim/100 KRLS by 25, IM order)
4 x (200/150/100/50 @ 1:15 base/4 x 25 @ :30, IM order); we pulled round 2. Held 1:10 pace or batter despite the short rest and felt strong.
400 pull, 6 breaths/50
On Fast Friday we swam a 1500 meet warm up followed by a fast 200 in heats, then a fast 100, and finally a fast 50. We swam down between each. I went 2:10.8 (matching my time from the Rice March Madness meet) on the 200 and 1:00 on the 100. I did not enter the 200 at Zones because I want to focus on the 1000, my best shot at a top ten time. Shaved and tapered I should be able to go under 2:05, but it doesn't appear that I have been selected for the 800 free relay team that will be taking down the national record in my age group. Actually I am OK with that. But I think I am going to surprise some people at Zones.