The remainder of the week is up on the calendar tab, and AMS knows you need a good swim to get you through the tryptophan haze! Come on out, rejoin the group, commit to a day or two a week. Once in the water you will remember your love for it. We MISS YOU and your buddies. Love, Samurai Sammy
From the Asheville School pool…
…to picturesque Biltmore Lake, seasoned and newbies, *in at least 50 states of fitness and mental capacity, line up together for the start or pre-race instructions…
75F air and water makes for a gorgeous race day.
The triangle shaped course is a 1/2- mile loop swum counter clockwise. Milers swam two loops.
Watched over by 13 volunteer Safety Boaters (Pam & Daniel Ross, Lou Hipps, Dale & Willie McCourt, David MacIntosh, Craik Davis, Larry Hartley, Heather Butler, Tania Kriegler, Liam & Zachary Pulsifer and Tom Sherry) the open water racers had their backs covered and their courses straightened!
60+ swimmers began the 1/2-mile and 1-mile races simultaneously!
To see pictures from Lisa Kiebzak please click here!
To see pictures from Nancy Casey and Andrew Pulsifer, please click here!
To see our past and present race results page, click here!
Thank you all for coming! If you have feedback about our meet, we’d love to hear it!
Midnight tonight is the deadline to enter this Saturday’s 8th annual Steve Barden Memorial Swimming Meet!
As of noon today, we have 50 swimmers entered online, with 26+ additional open water swimmers coming to Biltmore Lake!
Pool in morning. Lake in afternoon. Pretty sweet.
Also, Kayak Safety Boaters still needed! Time commitment is being ON the water from 2-4pm. Please be VERY comfortable paddling your boat, wear a pfd, bring a whistle and if you have a portable 2-way radio with fresh batteries, even better:)
To volunteer, please email me today: LifeSwim@gmail.com ~ ~ ~Thanks, Andrew
Hey, Asheville Masters!
*Tue/Thu at Warren Wilson begins Sept 3rd. This will give you an opportunity to practice starts, off a block, before Steve Barden, which may be entered HERE until midnight, Sept 11th.
*Long distance swimming legend Diana Nyad SWAM to Key West! In her 5th attempt, Nyad, 62, finished the 110-mile odyssey Monday afternoon (9.2.13)! Check it out:)
11 Asheville Masters raced 2-miles at Rumbling Bald, just ONE bold enough to swim BUTTERFLY! Adrienne Kramer (8th in age-group) shows her indefatigable & beautiful stroke, cruising 2-miles, finishing ahead of 25 others doing Freestyle! Results link HERE!
Beautiful skies, great water temps (75F) and a well run event had all swimmers excited about their respective races. 120 folks from near and far gathered prior to event.
Getting last minute instructions…
Craik Davis looks happy…
Is Adrienne even winded?…
Congrats to the Age-Group winners Larry Hartley (50-54 yrs) and Bill Pillmore (65-60 yrs) !
with the overall win going to coach Andrew Pulsifer…
Below: Craik Davis (3rd age group/88th overall), Jeff Weller (7th / 40th), Debbie Wilson (4th / 49th), Andrew (1st / 1st), Adrienne (8th / 95th), Kenet Adamson (10th / 67th), and Larry (1st / 6th) all enjoyed the sun, water and racing. Not pictured are Ms. Lindsay Moody (5th/ 69th) , Jon Bellows (10th / 62nd), and Rev. Jimmy Green (4th / 74th).
Congratulations to all the swimmers! More pics from event HERE!
Hey, Asheville Masters…Tuesday mornings we are back at the CCA:)
Next, there’s still time to register for THIS SATURDAY’S 2013 Dixie Zone Two Mile Open Water Championship! Check out the entire weekend line-up here for the Lake Lure Olympiad Sports Festival!
Lastly, the 8th annual Steve Barden Memorial Swimming Meet, hosted by YOUR TEAM is just 3.75 weeks away. Pool events in the morning and a few open water swims in the afternoon. Immediately after the open water race, fuel up on the beach with a BBQ spread! Come on out to ALL these fun events!
Beautiful Newport, Vermont and Lake Memphremagog played host to the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Association’s Championship on Saturday, July 6th!
Asheville Masters swimmers Michael Coyle (3 mile skins), Dale McCourt (3 miler wetsuit) and Andrew Pulsifer (10-milerskins) successfully swam their open water courses (pics), enjoying a spectacular sweeping view of Canada and the U.S.A while immersed in the clean waters of this gorgeous boundary lake. See results for all races here!
Dale started the race at 9am and swam in the wetsuit category with spouse Willie McCourt as kayak captain and lovable drill sargent, She keeping a recently broken and cast foot dry…ask her! Overcast skies, scattered sun and variable water temp made race conditions favorable. Dale finished the 3 miles in 1:46.44, his longest water race to date! Great job! Three and six-mile race pics here!
Andrew’s race began at 8am with Liam (son) and Emily (wife) working it as fantastic kayak support. The 68F water temp at start gave way to what seemed like balmy 70F around mile four. Regular gatorade (20 min) and Gu (40 min) kept fuel flowing.
Miles 4-7 flew by as we crossed east around the back side of Black Island and headed south along Belle Island. Late morning chop and winds from the west through miles 6-8 provided ample opportunities to test calming techniques amidst self and fabulous and unflappable crew:). I regularly stretched my calves, even though the motion to stretch them is extremely inefficient for forward swim progress, it was necessary to keep calves calm. Slight hamstring balking at mile 8.5, but stretching fended it off.
The final 1.5 miles to finish was relatively calm, as we had a little more protection from chop and wind. I got into a very good swim stroke groove, finishing strong, then, teetering on my feet ambling to the sand, but thankfully in control. Could have gone another 2-5 miles, but very glad not to:) Thanks to my family for supporting my efforts in and out of water! Cheers, Andrew P.
This event series is orchestrated by Phil White and the Kingdom Swimming Association, thanks, Vermonters! Cheers, ABP
Saturday’s workout and brunch were both a hit, as 22+ swimmers enjoyed the water before hitting the breakfast spread! We loved having a few visitors in our midst, and we welcome all that enjoy a great workout setting
The food from the CCA was delicious, and it was great to catch up with folks from all over! Click HERE for more pics of the morning.
1. Come to the brunch this Saturday and eat that bacon we smell on most Saturday morning practices. See prior post for info. But for members (those who signed up for USMS and joined the Asheville Workout Group) you can eat all you want for FREE. Last year was a feast of all sorts of delicious food. Bring a non-AMS friend/kid/family for $5.
2. The 8th Annual Steve Barden Memorial Masters Swim Meet and open water event is scheduled for Sept 14. It’s a great event to try open water swimming with a 200m, 1/2 mile and 1 mile swim and it’s our major fundraiser of the year. We will again seek sponsorships, and we are discussing putting logos on team athletic t-shirts this year rather than just the meet heat sheet. The online meet entry is here.
3. We have slowly continued making Admin changes which included changing our website host to reduce operating expenses. You should have received an e-mail asking you to join our website blog, so we can use that as our prime method of communication going forward.
4. Coach Andrew is swimming 10 miles, Willie McCourt is swimming one-mile and Dale McCourt is going for three in the 5th annual Kingdom Open Water Event on July 6th up in Vermont! Check out the details here: http://www.kingdomswim.org.
5. 6 month Punch Passes are due beginning July 1 – $250. Ten punch passes continue at $50 for 10 swims.
6. Stay tuned for a Summer Event at the Whistling Pig Farm of Tom, Anne and August Sherry. Details will be announced soon.
7. Lake Lure Open Water swim is coming up on August 24. It’s a 2 mile open water swim after the morning’s triathlon. It’s an easy loop course with lovely mountain scenery for those who might be tempted.
8. Remember Tuesday’s are for open water swimming at Rec Park 50 meter pool. We have two lane lines for warm-up and Andrew incorporates both lane line and buoy swimming into the practice. This is a fantastic opportunity to work on open water skills like sighting, swimming straight, passing people and turning around buoys.
Come join us for a delicious post-swim brunch at the Club, baby!
Free to Asheville Masters currently registered with USMS, just $5 for guest of registered swimmers…like your kids, your spouse/partner, your dentist! Regular workout time of 7a-9a, then it’s food time:)