Please join us in the pool on Wed, 545am, for Claire’s final am coaching gig, then, immediately following (if you are not pressed with worky-type stuff), breakfast at City Bakery, 88 Charlotte St., 828.254.4289
Why is this Claire’s (now McDaniel) final coaching session? Well, Johnny, like every newlywed couple, Claire & Thomas McDaniel are moving to storybook~land Switzerland (!) to study banking laws and political neutrality in action! Or, market fancy bikes @ BMC while learning nutrition standards in German, Italian and French. Or, just hostel around under the guise of new job…
Claire, we thank you for the enthusiasm and knowledge you brought to each coaching session, and for your sunny outlook with all the swimmers! All the best in Europe, and hang in there with the steady stream of visitors in the coming years:)
Since mid-June, each Tuesday, we do a combo workout at the City of Asheville’s RecPark Pool on Gashes Creek Road! Six of the eight lanes are used as open water buoy practice, the other two we use intermittently throughout! We’ve been averaging about a dozen swimmers, and we can handle more!
This is part of the group from this morning’s swim…:)
Lou Hipps’ favorite…pull buoy and paddles:)…
Our visitors from Georgia (Pedro), California (Carol) and Virginia (Jack). Did they have fun or did we push too hard?…
Congratulations to our own Cory Donohue, who traveled back to his home state of Wisonsin this past weekend, and placed 12th in his age-group, 79th overall, in the Racine Half-Ironman! His total time was 4:37:44 (splits of 33:31, 2:18:51, 1:40:58). Cory said it was “…a tough race, (I) struggled with residual training fatigue starting at mile 36 of the bike and throughout the run. Goal was 4hrs 10 mins. Good wake up call for Ironman World Championship (coming up) in September.”
Pre-Race Zen, baby!
Here we go…
Great job, Cory, you stud!
Hey, I know a way we can chop off a bit more on that swim time, man:)
CONGRATULATIONS to Jen Baker, who swam the frigid waters of Casco Bay Saturday, July 12th, in the 34th YMCA Peaks (Island) to Portland race in Maine! This 2.4 mile swim requires a kayaker, usually fills up in about a day, and this year’s water temp?…58F !!
Jen swam alongside her college roommate, Julie Ferland and placed 12th in age group and 118th, overall, out of 400+ entries, coming in at 58 minutes! Way to go, Chicas!
Complete results here.
Last Friday’s morning swim was AWESOME, with 20 studly folks cranking it out, and that brings to mind the awesomeness of circle swimming and the etiquette that is a rhythm all its own! Firstly, Be nice and Be spatially aware :)
Traditionally, it’s swum counter clock-wise…Always give the person in front of you at least a :05 sec, preferably :10 sec. gap before you push off behind them. Always finish at wall with touch, then move over to left, allowing space to your right for next finisher… If you are catching up to, and riding the toes of the swimmer in front of you, & if it’s longer than a 100 yards, it’s time to move around. Just like passing in a car on a 2-lane road with dotted yellow line, swim slightly towards middle of lane, very close to person’s left side, & keep moving:) You will often approach wall at same time…simply flip together, and now, Ta-~Da, you are on the correct, “right” side of lane and leading. Swimmer just passed leaves wall (without stopping!) and moves behind faster swimmer. It’s a very cooperative motion!Another positive in circle swimming is, during repeats of more than 100~yards, you will likely benefit from the draft created, and the shared and/or lightened workload when swimming WITHIN 3 yards of a swimmer in front of you. Enjoy!~~~
Tomorrow, we begin our Tuesday open water workouts at the City of Asheville’s RecPark pool! Please check calendar and facilities llink if you’ve not yet been to this 50meter pool. It’ll be a combo open water (yes, around bouys) and, if a couple lanes are in, traditional long course swimming. It’s awesome! Come join us😂
Congratulations to Jimmy Green, winning his age group (Really Old) and placing 38th overall in the 5th annual 2.4 mile RatRace!, sponsored by the Chattanooga Open Water Swimming Association (COWS).
This is a current~assisted swim, and Jim, having masterfully read his Army Corps of Engineer currents chart, swam in perfect harmony with the Tennessee River, much like Siddhartha, when “The new Siddhartha felt a deep love for this flowing water and decided that he would not leave it again so quickly.” Yet, Jim DID leave it quickly, finishing in just a tad over an hour😀