[PacMasterUpdate] April 22, 2003 Update

pacmasterupdate-admin at PacificMasters.org Mon Apr 28 02:10:14 EDT 2003

The first two meets of the 2003 season are coming up:
	Spring Lake May 10th  http://www.pacificmasters.org/comp/03rcmow.html
The Spring Lake meet is a great meet that  is not too long and if you 
have never swam in an open water event, it will make a great first 
open water swim. It is about a month away so if you have never swam 
an open water swim before, practice then make it a goal to swim.
	Lake Berryessa June 7th http://www.pacificmasters.org/comp/03damow.html
The on-line registration web-page is http://www.acteva.com/go/damfast 
or a link to registration can be found on the DAM webpage, 
http://www.damfast.org. Registration process can either be done 
on-line or entry forms can be downloaded and mailed in.

For those mailing in registration and fees, the deadline for early 
registration is May 21,2003.  We are expecting another great race 
day,with lunch being prepared once again this year by Dos Coyotes 
Border Cafe serving a healthy, southwestern cuisine.

OPEN WATER The San Mateo Marlin Masters are having an open water 
clinic on May 3rd
Open Water Swim fee is $25 pre-registration; $30 on race day. Make 
checks payable to SMMM.  Contact Thomas Huggins, 650- 522-7460 
(Joinville Aquatic Center), thuggins at cityofsanmateo.org.

If you are a coach and would like to work with swimmers that do not 
have a coach at either Pacific Masters Championships or USMS 
Nationals please contact

	Kerry O'Brien swim4wc at netscape.net if you can work at USMS 
You would work with swimmers at warm up.

Lair of the Bear, the University of California's Alumni Camp in 
Pinecrest, California is seeking a Swim Coach for a new Masters Swim 
program during its Adult Week (August 24 through 31) and Sports and 
Recreation Week (August 31 through September 7).  The Lair boasts one 
of the few 25 yard pools at this elevation, plus a recreational pool 
and Pinecrest Lake within walking distance. Video viewing equipment 
and casual classroom space available. Program to include morning and 
afternoon workouts, with stroke and possible open water clinics, 
tailored to adult camper interest.  Stipend, free gourmet meals 
and free lodging in the beautiful Stanislaus National Forest, 
wonderful camaraderie with staff and campers will make this a great 
working vacation. Experienced Masters coach preferred. Contact David 
Smith, Manager, Staff and Retail Operations, Lair of the Golden Bear, 
California Alumni Association, 1 Alumni House, Berkeley, CA 94720. 
Voice mail to 510-642-3084.

FOR USMS coaches interested in attending the 2003 ASCA World Clinic 
in San Diego in September,  USMS is offering one free registration 
grant per LMSC up to 25 LMSCs on a first-come, first-served basis.

This is a tremendous opportunity for any Masters coach to further his 
or her education.  Act now before it's too late. Contact Brian Stack 
brianstack at sbcglobal.net for further information.

Swimming is one of the best exercises for adults. Invite your friends 
to work out with you. Members are ambassadors for the sport. Help 
Pacific make 11,000 members this year.

We will be having a Stroke and Turn clinic on Monday May 12th at 
Arden Hills Country Club.  For the people who belong to the teams in 
the Sacramento, Roseville and Folsom areas, here is your chance to 
join USA Swimming and become a new member or just come and renew your 
membership.  This clinic
will start at 6:00 PM.

The contact person is Mike Applegate at <AppleDray at aol.com>

Swim Magazine was delivered to many  Pacific Masters members last 
week. It is the earliest the magazine has been delivered in many 

 From the desk of Coach Midnight
	               SAVE SOME TIME --- SAVE SOME MONEY

Recently I came across some interesting research on how to simplify 
the process of finding out: Just what is my swimming Lactate 
Threshold Speed?

  Now, normally one would have to go to the Olympic Training Camp, or 
other specialized site to have various test run, including blood 
lactate testing and other tests such as swimming in the 'flume' to 
find out at what speed/pace corresponds to 'Anaerobic Threshold'
(A.T. Pace) or 'Maximal Lactate Steady State'.  This, obviously, is 
costly and time consuming.

In the study I read --- the researchers  wanted to find a simpler 
method to determine 'Critical Swimming Velocity' (which corresponds 
to the above mentioned A.T. Pace). They also wanted to see if the 
'test' would work for both Sprinters and Distance swimmers.

After studying and comparing with test results using blood lactate 
after swimming various distances and at various speeds to see if 
there were 'direct comparisons' ---  they determined that: "In 
conclusion, one timed 300 meter maximal effort swimming test is 
believed to be a simpler, more rational method to determine Vcri 
(critical swimming velocity) for both sprinters and distance 

  It's not "100% accurate" -- but pretty darn close!!

So, rather than book a flight to Colorado Springs --- swim a 'maximal 
effort' 300 meter swim after a good, solid  warm up --- and then 
convert that time to any repeat distance you want (example: if your 
300 time was 3:30  -- then your 'per 100 meter' A.T. Pace should be 
1:10 per 100 meters on a relatively short rest interval).

Save time, saves money  -- I like it !!

Coach Midnight


have a good week


Last weeks Update was very late. Usually the Update is done during 
the weekend. I wrote the update on Monday and Tuesday. I tried to 
send it out on Wednesday and the mail list manager would not send it 
out.  Had to go to technical assistance and then it took almost a 
day, so mail you usually get on Monday morning, you got on Friday.

michael w. moore
Pacific Masters