[PacMasterUpdate] September 9, 2001 Update
pacmasterupdate-admin at PacificMasters.org
Sun Sep 9 20:57:19 EDT 2001
Today is September 9th. Do you know the significance? (not swimming
related- answer at end).
USMS CONVENTION - PACIFIC MASTERS OFFICE CLOSE TUES- FRIDAY
The United States Masters is having its annual convention in
Dearborn, MI, from August 15-19, 2001. Over 20 Pacific Masters
Swimmers will be traveling there to represent the swimmers of
northern California and Nevada.
There will be many issues discussed at the meeting including the
corporate structure of USMS, how old a person must be to join USMS
and the use of the breaststroke kick in the butterfly.
Nancy Ridout, Pacific Masters registrar, will be winding up her term
as United States Masters Swimming's president. The Pac Masters Office
will be closed August 14th through the 19th so Nancy can attend the
REVISED SHADOW CLIFFS OPEN WATER SWIM
There were a couple of errors on the printed meet sheet. The correct
meet sheet is posted on the Pacific Masters web site. Tri Valley
Masters will be holding the Shadow Cliffs Open Water Swim September
15th. Shadow Cliffs is near Livermore.
There will be an officials clinic in Galt September 11th at 6:30pm at
630 Chabolla Ave - the Park and Rec building. If interested contact
Becky Beckthold at hypcookr at softcom.net .
There will be an officials clinic at Saratoga High School on
September 29th from 8a.m. 'til 12 noon. For more information call
408-266-2623 days, 408-268-7154 evenings.
FOLSOM LAKE OPEN WATER SWIM
The Rocklin Aquatic Masters will be running the Folsom Lake Open
Water Swim on September 22. Folsom Lake is about 30 miles east of
Sacramento. Nancy Kelly, the meet director said " there is plenty of
water in the lake... we have been swimming out there every weekend
and there is plenty of water to set up our OW swims! The awards are
great , the t-shirts are terrific, the water is warm!" The Folsom
Lake Swim is the last open water swim of the season.
SWIM SAN FRANCISCO
San Francisco Tsunami Swim team is sponsoring Swim San Francisco at
the Burlingame Aqutic Center Saturday September 29. Swim SF is a
pre-seeded meet and the entry deadline is September 19th. Proceeds
from Swim SF 2001 will be contributed to Bay Positives, serving HIV
positive youth and the Breast Cancer Emergency Fund, providing
support to women living with cancer.
All the sanctioned meets meet sheets have been posted on the Pacific
Masters web site:
2001 USMS 3000 & 6000 YD POSTAL CHAMPIONSHIP
For those who like to long distance swimming there is the 3000 and
6000 Postal swim. For more information contact: Doug Brogan, 398
Elmwood Rd., Bay Village, OH 44140-2417, 440-835-0142,
FitTogether at aol.com;
THE ENGLISH CHANNEL
Kristine Buckley of Tamalpias Masters swam the August 11th, 2001. It
took her 16 hours to cross the channel. It had been a goal of hers to
swim the channel for many years. Congratulations.
Duke Dahlin, of USF Masters attempted to swim the English Channel.
Unfortunately he did not complete the crossing, but what an effort.
Duke was in the water close to 11 hours and was only 2.5 miles off
the French coast when the currents changed and swept him away from
Pacific Masters AFFILIATE
Pacific Masters entered into a new affiliate relationship with Lands'
End Apparel . Lands' End is a maker of fine sports apparel for the
If you click on the link to Lands' End from the Pacific Masters web
site (like the link above or the link in the navigation bar) Lands'
End will rebate some of the money of your purchase to Pacific
Masters. Pacific will only receive funds if you click on the Lands
End web site from the Pacific web site
The Pacific Masters Logo'ed shirts that meet officials wear are from Lands End.
GEORGE HAINES UPDATE
George Haines, former Santa Clara coach and Rinconada Masters
Swimmer, will be going home next Wednesday. George suffered a stroke
a couple of months ago. He is starting to walk with the assistance of
a walker. Speech is a big hurdle. George enjoys reading the cards and
letters sent to him. The family asks for your prayers and positive
AND THE BEAT GOES ON !!
Well, the old 'Fortress of Solitude' was not allowed to slumber
quietly after last weeks article on a new formula for predicting
one's maximum heart rate.
I'll try to answer some questions/concerns regarding heart rate(s)
that came across my desk:
First off --- just want to clarify that the new formula is an attempt
by research scientists to give a slightly more accurate method of
estimating one's peak heart rate.
It is not supposed to be 100% accurate/100% of the time; merely
closer to the truth.
That is the way science works --- just like Masters Swimmers !! --
always trying to closer to being the best you can be. It is, after
all, an endless pursuit.
With that in mind -- be aware that within every sub-group there will
always be those who will have maximum heart rates well above (and
also some will be well below) what is predicted.
Generally speaking 'Sprinters', and those who predominately train for
sprint events, tend to have higher maximum heart rates. The converse
is generally true, but not always, for 'Distance' swimmers.
If you are getting maximum heart rates well in excess of what is
predicted -- be aware that it is exceedingly difficult to get an
accurate 'reading' after maximal exertions unless you are wearing a
high quality heart monitor, or are being tested in a Human
Performance Lab. It is very common to 'double count' after a max
effort swim if done by 'hand'.
As far as what 'level' one should keep one's heart rate for training
purposes -- rather than give a set of percentages -- which may be
'too high' for some, or 'not high enough' for others -- consider the
words of Paul Thompson, MD, director of preventive cardiology at
Hartford Hospital (Connecticut), and an editorial board member of The
Physician and SportsMedicine: "People, in my opinion, should pay less
attention to heart rates and more attention to how they feel."
SEPTEMBER 1 - CHANGE IN DUES
Effective September 1, the individual membership dues is $15.00. This
is to cover the period from registration to December 31, 2001. Please
send in the correct amount. If a swimmer sends in normal $25.00,
there will be no refund unless the member specifically requests a
Sierra College (Rocklin) is looking for a full time coach swimming/waterpolo.
Chabot/Lositas JC is also looking for a full time coach swimming/waterpolo.
Contra Costa College is also looking for a full time coach swimming/waterpolo.
SCHEDULING FOR NEXT YEAR
MEETS IN JANUARY
If you are planing to have a meet in January, it is important that
the meet director get the information to Barry Fasbender and Marcia
Benjamin so that your meet can be listed in Swim Magazine.
Marcia Benjamin has sent out to each club the forms to get on the
Pacific Masters schedule. If you did not receive a set of forms
please contact Marcia mailto: msbenjamin at earthlink.net . If you are
thinking about scheduling a meet, but have not put one on before or
it is not on the current schedule, contact either Barry Fasbender for
pool meets mailto:fasbenderb at aol.com or Jim Wheeler
mailto:jwheeler at sanselmo.org for open water meets. Both can tell you
about what is needed to put on a meet and give you the "inside"
INSURANCE COVERAGE - ALL SWIMMERS MUST BE MASTERS
Club representative please remember that to be covered by USMS
secondary insurance ALL swimmers must be USMS members. If you are not
sure if all your club members are members of Pacific Masters, you can
to see who is a member of your club.
To see the insurance matrix of how USMS insurance covers your and
your club go to
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have a good week - I will be in Dearborn, MI at the USMS convention.
A report will appear in the Update next week.
California was admitted to the Union September 9th, 1850 Many years
ago Admission Day was a school and bank holiday. School children
started school Tuesday after Labor Day then almost immediately had a
holiday. Happy 151st the State of California.