Max wins 1000 free only 3 days post-Flu. Unfortunately the effort wiped him out for the 500 free where he ended up making it back into the consolation heat (much to his disgust). This is all a learning aspect for him. He has to realize that when you are sick like that it will take time to recover until you are 100%, and you can't blame your mental attitude for everything. Fortunately tonight he felt much better swimming, winning the consolation heat, and would have placed 5th overall if he had swim that time in the morning. Even so….he still has the 400 IM tomorrow, which is probably his favorite event.
In the meantime I am day 8 in wearing the boot. Foot is getting a lot better, all the swelling seems to be gone. Today did a 25 min run in the hotel pool in the 'deep' end. Better than nothing!
Rest of meet o.k. - Swims one of his worst 500 times of the year. Body is still wiped out from previous nights race and still in flu-recovery mode. Ended up in Consols, finished first there, but still wasn't the outcome he had originally hoped for before he got sick.
400 IM - wins this event by the hair on his chinny-chin-chin, but he can check this off his list also. Then he was given the news that he would be swimming the 4 x 200 relay (free). As lead off leg he finally looked and felt like he wanted to all weekend - swam one of his best times in 1:42.7, and gave his team a much needed lead to end up winning with an NCAA -A cut.
All in all it was a learning lesson for him this week.
a. That the flu takes a lot out of you, and you do need to adjust some of your goals.
b. Needs to change his pre-meet meals because between nerves and the milk - the milk doesn't like the nerves.
c. It ain't over until the fat lady sings.