[PacMasterUpdate] 5 July 2009
Update on Pacific Masters Swimming sent to members and friends.
Mon Jul 6 23:55:20 EDT 2009
PACIFIC MASTERS MISSION STATEMENT:
As adopted by the Pacific Masters Committee the Mission of Pacific Masters is:
Pacific Masters Swimming welcomes anyone who would like to gain and
maintain fitness through swimming and encourages programs to foster
OPEN WATER CHAMPIONSHIPS
The 2009 PMS Open Water championship will take place at the Santa
Cruz Roughwater Pier Swim, August 2, 2009.
DONNER LAKE SWIM
Registration for the Donner Lake swim is open. This event is limited
to the first 350 swimmers. You can register on line at:
From the Marlins web site: Don came home from the hospital on Sunday
afternoon, July 5, but the family respectfully requests that you
please do not go to the house without an invitation, or without
Don's daughter, Allison (aka: "Ally"), has set up a blog on
CarePages.com to provide periodic reports on Don's condition. You
have to "join" to see the updates but it is free. You have the
option to receive an e-mail alert--with a link--every time she
updates the blog. This is really the best way to keep up on Don's
progress as Ally updates her blog several times a day. You can also
send a message to Don using her blog. Go to CarePages.com to sign up.
New Masters Swim Team in Novato for Unattached swimmers in Northern Marin
The Marin Pirates Masters Swim Team, in Novato, CA, is a new branch
of Marin's Pirates. Their team gets underway July 13th and will
train at College of Marin's Indian Valley Campus Pool in Novato. They
offer five 75-minute workouts per week (Monday-Saturday) in a
beautiful outdoor, 50 meter by 25 yard, heated pool.
Marin Pirates Masters pride themselves in providing technique and
conditioning for various skill levels. They can help you reach your
swimming and fitness goals whether that means learning a new stroke,
improving your swim portion of a triathlon or breaking a National
For more information, contact Coach Cokie Lepinski at 415-827-5672,
swimnut at mac.com. Find them on Facebook (search Marin Pirates Masters)
or at http://www.marinpiratesmasters.com.
OPEN WATER POINT COMPETITION - Through Lake Mendocino
There is a link on the Open Water Pacific page
http://www.openwaterpacific.org/ to a page that is keeping an
unofficial total of the open water points. Currently, the total of
the first eight races have been posted to the page.
OPEN WATER 101- Moved to Lake Del Valle
Want to learn about open water swimming, but not sure how to start?
Concerned about cold water, crowded starts, open water culture,
Pacific Masters is sponsoring Open Water 101 a clinic for new and
developing open water swimmers. It will cover Breathing and sighting,
coping with panic, pack swimming, water entry and exit and mental
There will be dry land talks by Suzanne Heim-Bowen, Suzie Dods Trevor
Gillis and Lisa Hazen as well as other local, national and
international open water swimmers. The location has been moved to
Lake Del Valle. There is a limit of 50 swimmers so register early:
The Pacific Masters Swim Committee has opened up the event to all
swimmers, but there will be a discount for Pacific Masters Swimmers.
BIDDING FOR NATIONAL POOL CHAMPIONSHIPS
You can create an exciting opportunity for your club by bidding to
host either the 2011 United States Masters Swimming National Short or
Long Course Championships. The USMS Championship Committee to
strongly encourage you to work with facilities within your LMSC to
consider bidding for either of these showcase events. All entries are
now processed by USMS, which takes away much tedious work from the
host. The short course meet (25 yards or meters) typically takes
place mid-May, however, it may be held anytime between April 15th and
May 31st in accordance with USMS rules. The long course meet
typically takes place mid-August although its allowable range is
August 1 - September 15th.
BIDDING FOR NATIONAL OPEN WATER CHAMPIONSHIPS
The Long Distance Open Water Committee is soliciting bids for postal
events for 2011 and the Open Water events for 2011. The Postal events
are the One Hour Postal, the 3,000-6,000 yard postal and the 5,000
and 10,000 M postal Clubs are encourage to bid for those events.
For the open water events, in 2011 it is the West region's turn to
host and organize the one mile Open water swim, the 1 Mile cable and
the 3-6 Mile swim. The national championships would be a great way to
get swimmers from all over the US to come to your swim.
Next year Lake Del Valle wil be the venue of the 1-3 Mile national
championship. This year Millerton Lake was the scene of the one mile
Fitness Logs Available for US Masters Swimming Members
U.S. Masters Swimming has released a new online service that is
available exclusively for our members. Members may now track their
swimming and other fitness activities via our new online Fitness Logs
(FLOGs) tool. With this exciting new online service, you can log a
wide variety of fitness activities such as swim workouts, running,
weights and yoga on your flog calendar and track your weekly, monthly
and annual totals online.
Members who are participating in the popular "Go The Distance"
fitness event will also enjoy the convenience of having the data from
their flog automatically included in the monthly event reports
BABY WRINKLES; LEATHER FACES
Dr Jim Miller has written an article that is on the USMS web site
about skin damage by the sun.
For those of you who have an Apple iPhone, there is a program that
will tell you how long a sunscreen if properly applied will last (put
in the SFP and it looks for the UV rating for the day in your area.
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