Well, tomorrow's the big day - we leave for Tulane at six in the evening. I'm swimming two freestyle relays (a leg of the 200 and a leg of the 400), a 50 free, and a 200 free, which I'm kind of worried about. Those of you who've been reading for a while will remember that I swam a 200-yard swim test in 3:06 in January while I wasn't even trying hard, so in theory I should be able to get a (by my standards) decent time... and the Tulane pool is short course (25 yards) like in the O-Dome, so it should be fine. Plus I have my new (GORGEOUS!) competition suit, which fits a lot tighter (the one I had on today was noticeably slowing me down, it was that big) but we haven't been able to practice in the O-Dome all week and so I'm freaking out a little, because, as I've mentioned, times in the Florida Pool suck beyond belief. I'm not sure if it's the temperature, the currents caused by the vents, the wide, wave-ridden lanes, the wind, or what. Anyway, it's not that big a deal - this is actually the team's first official meet, so nobody expects us to charge in there and blow everyone else out of the water (pun intended) or anything, but I just really want to do well. My goals are: under 2:45 for the 200 free and under :34 for the 50 free. I don't really care about the relays. Anyway, we shall see. And if I suck, well, we're going out on Saturday night, so we can erase all the bad memories. ;)
What with all the money I've had to give out for this ($57 for the suit, $25 for registration/van rental/gas, then who knows how much for food and clubbing) plus the registration for Swim Around Key West ($65), I've been getting kind of worried about the state of my bank account... but I remembered today (while on the toilet, of all places) that I haven't been paid for Super Bowl weekend yet! So - no worries! Gotta love that unexpected money you didn't know you had coming...
Hanna and her posse are arranging a barbecue tonight, which is awesome, because I've been craving a cheeseburger all day. I resisted the ones in Little Express (where I get my smoothies, muffins, and gummy worms :)) this morning, but couldn't quite get the thought out of my mind... then came home to a hot-pink sticky note on my door inviting me to a barbecue, so that was great timing. :) I can eat basically anything I want until Saturday (go, carbo-loading!) so I plan to enjoy it!
Not so much other news... just that I have a million things to do... research the GRE, buy new shoes, get a new driver's license (with no annoying 'under 21' bar!), figure out which other swims I'm doing this summer and pay the fees for them, finish a paper that L assigned us at the last minute as a cop-out (she didn't feel like teaching, so gave us a two-page paper), study and write down note pages for my Language and Culture test on Monday, try to translate a few lines of the 'Sower and the Seed' parable from Old English, do my academic advising form for Utrecht... the list goes on.
But first... a cheeseburger. :)