The Pentathlon meet is as simple as it sounds, entrants can sign up for whatever they want but are encouraged to complete a full 5-event series comprised of one race of each stroke (at 50, 100, or 200 SCY) and an IM (100, 200 or 400). I opted for the sprint distances of 50yds of each stroke and the 100yd IM to not bite off more than I could swallow with very little training or preparation.
To enter, I had no recent race results to submit as seed times. I had to guess on all of them. I thought a while on most of the times and settled on a few times that I thought were reasonable. I seeded myself at :27 in the free, :27 in the back, :29 in the fly and :31 in breast, and 1:15 in the IM. Lo and behold I pick up my heat sheet upon arrival and I'm seeded fastest in 2 events. I realized a :31 in 50 breast was something I've never been capable of even in my peak years.
|Lay off the crackpipe, Aaron, you've never been fast at breaststroke.|
|Watching the rest of the competitors warm up after I felt like my 250 yd warm up was sufficient.|
Yep, I took 2nd in my age group... out of 2. It was a small meet. It was also the first of many. I'm beyond excited to get back into more competitive masters swimming events. Bring it on!