Monday, June 28, 2010

A New Adventure

This summer we started a new adventure - swim team.  We have several friends whose kids do swim team.  Of course, two years ago we were glued to the tv watching Michael Phelps take home the record medals in all of his events.  And the Monkster has always loved the water.  When he was four years old he jumped off of the diving board (both low and high dives), and at 6 he swims like a fish.

So we decided to dive in (pardon the pun) and try it out for ourselves.  We started with practices in May and had our first experience with a meet this past Saturday.  It was totally chaotic, but fun.  I had no idea what I was doing in helping him check in for races, of which he was scheduled for 3 but ended up swimming 4!  We met some great new folks whose kids are also pretty new to swim team that we "tagged" along with.  Pretty soon I was in the flow of what to do and where to go.

Monkey swam the 25m free, 25m back, (both 6 and under) , then swam the 8 and under 100m relay, and the 10 and under 100m relay - both relays didn't go so well for our team.  Of the four who swam in the 10 and under relay - 3 were 6 years old and 1 was 5 years old.  Needless to say, they didn't win the race - but they swam against the big dogs, and they finished with HEART!

The highlight of Monkey's day was coming from behind to win his heat in the 25 M backstroke!  Way to go!  He earned a point for his team by coming in fourth overall.  I was so proud I was tingling - or maybe it was the heat - probably both!  As a matter of fact, it was so hot that I almost past out... not good for an expectant momma - but I drank tons of water, tried to stay in the shade, and only came out when the Monkeyman had a race.  Whew!  By 12:30 pm we were in the AC in the van and headed home to tell Dad and Chopsy all about our day.  

So expect to see many more swimming pictures for the next few weeks.

(our races)

(relaxing before the meet starts)

25m freestyle

(coming from behind in the 25 m backstroke to win the heat!)

(100m relay)

(kinda fuzzy - but the stamp he got for taking first in his heat for the 25 m back)

1 comment:

Heather said...

Woo hoo!! Congratulations big guy!! Sounds like you had a super meet and a great start to the season!! Know that we're all cheering for you and can't wait to hear more! And tell your mom-- next Saturday, she needs to write on the bottoms of your feet... EAT MY BUBBLES. Your competitors need a fair warning before the race begins :) Good luck!