August 12, 2011
It was an amazing week here in Palo Alto. Kyra finished 89th in the 100 backstroke, from 111th coming in. She also made her second Junior National cut here in a 50 Free time trial.
But the week was far more than that. She got to see, and swim with/against the best 18-u swimmers in the country. The meet has been extremely fast, with a number of meet records falling this week.
I'm extremely proud of how she handled herself this week- she kept calm, was very aware of her surroudings and handled herself with a lot of poise.
This is just a small step in a long journey for Kyra and Exeter Swim Team. Next summer, I'd like to come back with a girls relay. The next year, I'd like to bring some boys along as well. The goal should be to have 6-10 athletes here every year.
For me, the pace of the meet is the most amazing thing- there is little to no rushing around. The meet is well run, and with 2.5 hours to warm up in the morning, we are able to get ready and eat a good breakfast and come back to the pool and race. Here is a typical day here at Juniors-
6:00am- wake up
6:15am- drive to pool
6:30am- 1,200m warmup (most days, Kyra shared a lane with Kelsey and they had a whole LC lane to themselves)
7:00am- grab food from ATHLETE hospitality (bagels and fruit) and head back to hotel for breakfast and a nap
(9:00am)- prelims begin
9:30am- head back to pool
9:45am- get back in for another 800y of warmup in the warmup pool
10:15am- put racing suit on, start getting mentally ready for the race
10:30am- hop in for a quick minute to cool off in the suit
10:50am- warm down 800y, eating and hydrating during breaks.
11:15am- grab some more hospitality and head back to hotel
12:00pm- get another nap in if you make it back to finals or leave for a day trip to (San Francisco, Santa Cruz, etc.)
I still don't think I'm doing the pace justice- it's a great meet that I cannot wait to return to with more swimmers!