Watery because it’s raining and will be raining, according to the meteorologist, all. day. long. And watery because there will be another swim meet tonight … a make-up meet for one of the earlier rainouts. This will be an out-of-town meet, even though the rained-out meet was a home meet … the other team refused to drive up the 30 minutes up here for the make-up meet. Never mind that our team will have to drive the 30 minutes to their pool. Go figure.
There’s a possibility that tonight’s meet may be rained out as well … not because of the rain (they swim right through the rain … they’re already wet anyway, right? ha!), but because there are thunderstorms forecast for this evening. The original meet was rained out because lightning was spotted and they will not allow the swimmers to be on the pool deck, let alone in the pool, when there’s lightning in the area. Last night’s meet was held, even though it rained most all evening and was cold (it was 66 by the time the meet was over). At least it wasn’t the torrential downpour like we had at a meet last month … the attendees were wetter than the swimmers by the end of the meet (at least the swimmers brought towels to dry off with after the meet). I thought I dressed warmly last night (sweatshirt and jeans), but I’ll be adding another layer for tonight’s meet as it doesn’t look like it’s going to be much warmer tonight … although the temperatures will be rising rather than falling like they did last night.
I had a very pleasant surprise last night, when one of my regular readers, Glenda from Florida, came up and introduced herself to me. I couldn’t believe that she was able to recognize me (from a distance, no less) and was able to put 2 and 2 together and come up with 4. She was at the meet to watch her grandson swim (for the opposing team) … who has a broken arm and will be getting a splint this Friday. It really is a small world!
I mentioned here last month that T#1 broke the team record for the 50 Fly … on a yard pool (i.e., a 25-yard long pool). The home pool is a meter pool (25 meters long), so he still had the record for the 50 Fly on a meter pool in his sights. Last night, he broke that record … alas, a teammate (a winter swimmer from another team who decided to join the summer team this year … who turned 15 the day after the cut-off for the age groups) beat T#1 on that event, which means that currently he holds the record. T#1 turned 13 in February, so there’s a 2-year difference between the two … and there’s still a significant difference between a 13-y.o. swimmer and a 15-y.o. swimmer. The upside is that this competition will certainly be a powerful motivator for T#1 to push himself and improve his 50 Fly … and if he doesn’t break the new record this season, he has another season in the 13-14 y.o. group, and I am confident that he’ll break it then (and if he breaks it this season, I’m sure he’ll break his own record next summer as he improves).
I think T#2 is a little jealous of T#1’s record-breaking swim … she’s decided that she wants to break a record herself. She’s chosen the 50 Breast as she’s closest to that record, even though the 50 Fly is a stronger event for her (like T#1, her best stroke is the Fly … T#2 excels at the Breast). She’ll be wearing her splint for the rest of the summer swim season, and between not having 100% use of her arm and the resistance/weight provided by the splint, I’m not sure she’ll achieve her goal … but she’s determined … and that determination may provide the motivation she needs.
My new glasses are in … as soon as I get this posted, I’ll head up to pick them up. I hate picking out new frames as I’m so “blind” (and my eyes are still dilated from the exam) that I cannot tell what looks good and what doesn’t. I had DD stop by after my exam to help me choose my frames. These weren’t her #1 choice, but I wasn’t comfortable with her #1 choice … they might have looked good on me, but they were definite not my style at all. The ones we agreed on are a nice compromise. I hope I like them as much as she does.
I “survived” my first newsletter as newsletter editor for my guild. My predecessor warned me that I’d be scrambling to get all the information I needed from all the committee chairs … she was right! Some are notorious at ignoring the deadline for information and require multiple follow-ups. I got the newsletter put together (finally!) and emailed … later than I would have liked (as I was waiting for information) … next month, I’ll be sending out reminders much earlier! So far, I haven’t gotten any feedback on errors … no news is good news, right? I won’t be at the next meeting (this coming Monday … there’s a make-up swim meet that evening), so I’ll ask my predecessor if there were any comments at the meeting. Fingers crossed.
I hope that whatever you have planned for today includes a little something that brings you joy ... have a great day!