[PacMasterUpdate] April 22, 2003 Update
pacmasterupdate-admin at PacificMasters.org
Mon Apr 28 02:10:14 EDT 2003
OPEN WATER EVENTS
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 CLINIC
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.
COACHES NEEDED AT NATIONALS
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.
COACHES TO GO TO ASCA CLINIC IN SAN DIEGO SEPTEMBER 2-7
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.
INVITE YOUR FRIENDS
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.
STROKE AND TURN CLINIC
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 OUT
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
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 !!
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