Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Monday, August 24, 2009
Ryan had his first swim meet on Saturday. There were hundreds of swimmers there. Some events had four or five heats! Luckily, the members of the Tsunami swim team have bright green swim caps. Most of the swimmers have dark blue or black goggles. Ryan has bright green goggles. We’ve thought about getting him some blue or black goggles, but then it would be more difficult to find him in the crowd.He did pretty well in his first meet, especially considering that he had only been on the team for four days! There was a huge disappointment, though. As the swimmers’ names appeared on the scoreboard, Ryan’s name wasn’t listed! It wasn’t in any of his events. We were looking forward to seeing his name in lights! We found out after the meet that apparently the person who was in charge of submitting the registrations for the meet didn’t get everyone’s in! The coaches put Ryan in the slot of another kid who had signed up for the same events, but then didn’t come to the meet.The other disappointing thing about that is that none of Ryan’s times will count for him. It is all computerized, and the programs even had each swimmer’s best times in each event. So, on Ryan’s next meet, technically his second, it will look like his first. That’s ok. This was a good experience for him. We think he MAY have placed third in Butterfly, but with so many heats, it was hard to tell. We’re going to see if the coaches can figure out his times (based on the “other kid’s” results). At least WE’LL know Ryan’s times, and we can see how much he improves.
The heat at the meet was stifling! It was an indoor facility, but it may as well have been outdoor. Between the hundreds of people and the humidity, it felt like we were sitting in a closed bathroom after a hot shower…for FIVE HOURS!!! Yes, Ryan and I got there at about 12:50, and left at 6:10. Rara & Papa, and Marc & Frances and the girls were all able to come to cheer Ryan on. Hopefully the next meet will be shorter, cooler, and Ryan will be an official participant.
Here are a few pictures from the meet…
Friday, August 14, 2009
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Our Rec Center has six levels of swimming lessons. Our sessions are every day for two weeks. In the past, we have done one level for several sessions during the summer. Level 2 was quite difficult, as was level 4. He spent a bit more time in those. We had been told by some family friends with older kids that level 5 was very difficult. That is the level where kids learn all of the different strokes (including the fairly difficult Butterfly). Several families had told us that their kids had to take level 5 several times in order to pass off all of the strokes. Ryan started level 5 earlier this summer. He passed it the first time! I asked him if he felt that he needed to take it again to improve his strokes. Absolutely not. He was so proud that he passed it the first time, that he wasn’t about to take it again by choice! Two weeks ago, he moved to level 6, the final level.
On the first day, the “warm up” was a 300 yard swim! The teacher asked the kids to go back and forth across the pool using every stroke they knew. There were 12 kids in the class, and Ryan was the smallest and youngest. He really had a rough time keeping going, but his strokes looked great. After class, I talked with his teacher. She also said that his strokes looked great, and that the purpose of this level is to work on their endurance.
Most of you know from this post that Ryan is a big Michael Phelps fan. Ryan informed me that he could swim better if he had some “jammers,” the tight knee-length suits that competitive swimmers wear. I looked on eBay, and they were between $20 and $30. Ryan informed me that he could not wait for the jammers to be mailed – that would be too late. He needed them NOW! We went to the local sports store where we found some for $45. Normally I wouldn’t spend that much on a swimming suit, but he insisted that they would help him swim better.
We went to swimming the next day, and he truly was amazing! He had more confidence and more endurance. Amazing what those jammers can do! Who knew that it was the jammers all along? :)We are now ¾ of the way through the class. Five kids have dropped out. Ryan is still going strong. Every day they swim between four and eight FOOTBALL FIELDS! Ryan’s next goal is to try out for the competition swim team, the Tsunami. I’ll keep you posted.
Remember this picture of Michael Phelps doing the Butterfly?I took this one of Ryan doing the Butterfly today. It's not very clear, so I need to take a better one. But he sure looks like a champion to me!
Sunday, August 2, 2009
We drove up on Monday, stopping to enjoy ice cream and squeaky cheese at the USU creamery, as well as the Bear Lake overlook as we first started down the hill.
We went to the condo and unpacked, then immediately went to Merlin’s for burgers and raspberry shakes.On Tuesday, we went to Minnetonka Cave. It was nice and cool, and was a welcome change from the heat.We spent most of Wednesday at the beach and on the water. Papa rented a Waverunner, so we all had fun taking turns on that.We also had a lot of fun on the beach. Ryan built a sandcastle, Claire and Alice sat in the sand, and Claire even sampled the sand!Raspberry Days started on Thursday, so we spent a lot of the day enjoying the craft fair (where Ryan won some great prizes playing mini golf), pizza at Bear Lake Pizza, and the Raspberry Days parade. We found an AMAZING new favorite food – chocolate covered raspberries! I’m looking forward to Marc’s post on Frances’ blog about those!Now, our Bountiful Handcart Days parade is known for the large amounts of candy thrown. But this parade far surpassed that prior candy record. As we lined up, we saw that all of the kids along the route were holding GROCERY BAGS! I grabbed one out of the car for Ryan, and he pretty much filled it during the parade. We have a year’s supply of Tootsie Rolls and salt water taffy! On Friday, we spent part of the day at the beach again. It was a little more windy, so it wasn’t quite as enjoyable as Wednesday had been. But we still had fun. We took Cheerios for Claire so she didn’t have to eat the sand.Friday night, we went to the Raspberry Days rodeo. (Thanks to Ryan for taking such a great group picture!) We enjoyed the traditional barrel racing, bull riding, and bareback riding, but were particularly entertained by the “mutton bustin’” and a new event where all of the kids are put into the arena and chase a calf with a ribbon on its tail. The kid who gets the ribbon wins 10 bucks. It was hysterical!As previously mentioned, the Ideal Beach resort has a lot of activities we enjoyed throughout the week. One of Ryan’s favorites is the daily craft project. He made a great wooden car model. We also enjoyed swimming at the pool, miniature golfing, and walking around the area. We had a great condo with a great view this stay.We celebrated Marc’s birthday all week, with dinner out and a GREAT Nutella/banana/pudding pie that Frances made. Yum!