SCY Nationals are months and months away but I'll be aging up this year. Not really a big deal. But then I started looking at qualifying times and I noticed a trend in the times for 40-44 compared to 35-39 and 45-49. When it comes to anything over a 200 the fastest qualifying times are in the 40-44 age group. WHAT! After that they start to go downhill as you get older. Here is a look at some of the numbers included with my best times.
500 Free - 35-39 5:29.35 / 40-44 5:28.68 / 45-49 5:35.84 / My Best 5:14.22
1000 Free - 35-39 11:46.84 / 40-44 11:43.36 / 45-49 11:47.39/ My Best Don't have one. Will after the Rose Bowl meet.
1650 Free - 35-39 20:23.32 / 40-44 20:16.76 / 45-49 20:03.41 oh wow. but it gets slower for the 50-54 / My Best 18:06.41.
Glad I looked at these times so I have an idea of what I need to swim the 1000 in at the meet in over a week. 11:43 will be painted above my bed so I know what I need to beat!
200 Fly - 35-39 2:19.01 / 40-44 2:16.84 / 45-49 2:26.86 / My best 2:12.27
My theory doesn't hold up for some other races but for a few it was a bit of a shock to me. I guess I just look forward to when the times are slower and I am slower! Oh Old Age! Of course my group may just be a fast group and as I age up they also will age up and stay fast. Doh! I do remember reading somewhere that more men between 35-50 compete in more triathlons and marathons. Mid life crisis or something. This may have a little bit to do with the blip in fast times. Either way I'm glad to be in some very fast company.
Here are all my personal best times: