Holiday Gifts!

Hey, Asheville Masters, thinking of gift ideas for yourself or other swimmers? Check out this great Speedo backpack that has our Asheville Masters Swimming logo on it, bought through our club’s affiliation with SwimOutlet, accessed on our homepage on right column:

Suits, mesh bags, parkas and backpacks are all logo-able! All other swim supplies are available through this portal, as well, and Asheville Masters receives a portion of proceeds.  Please use link and pass link along to friends or family that would like to order!



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Thanksgiving Week adjustments!

Mon, 23rd, 5:45am, regularly coached swim w/Andrew

Tue, 24th, 5:45am, Additional swim opportunity

Wed, 25th, 5:45am, regularly coached swim w/ Rebecca

Thu, 26th, 7am-9am Thanksgiving Day Special. Additional swim opportunity

Fri, 27th, 7am-8:30am, uncoached effort

Sun, 29th, 7am-9am, the regular Sunday deal

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Monday @ Wicked Weed 5pm!

Please come join your swim mates on Monday, 5pm at

Wicked Weed, 91 Biltmore Ave, Asheville

It may have been a long, fun weekend, so keep it up…Monday’s going to kick off your week just right!

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With the high school season beginning now, both Asheville School and the Asheville Swim Club will be training on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. Our masters swimming group will not meet during these days while high school swim season is up and running.

Coached workouts on M/W/F will continue, as well as written workouts on Sunday. During breaks (Thanksgiving, Holidays and New Year) we will likely add these days back into mix, tbd.


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UNCA men’s basketball tickets!

FREE courtside seats available for next Saturday’s UNCA men’s basketball vs. Brevard College! November 7th, 2pm at Kimmel Arena on UNCA’s campus.

These tickets may not be used by anyone in high school or middle school (NCAA regs)…

If you’d like two tickets, FOR FREE, email Betsy Blose at or call her at 828.215.7040.

There are 16 total tickets available. Contact Betsy today!

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Friday morning workout!

Hey, Y’all, I’m at a wedding in New England this weekend, and don’t want you to feel abandoned they way your parents likely did…

So, here’s a workout for your Friday morning swimming pleasure! Oh, and please empty the dishwasher and walk dog before you leave for work:)

WU 600 (100 SW-50 K-100 IM Dr-50 K)

  • 12 x 25 desc breathing
    • 3 w/2B’s @ :30
    • 3 w/1 B @ :40
    • 6 w/zero B’s @ :50

Main Set:

  • 6 x 50 STR (25 fist long, 25k build)  @ 1:10
  • 4 x 100 pb FR desc w/:15 R
  • 6 x 50 STR (25 k fast, 25 sw long)  @ 1:05
  • 4 x 75 pb FR build the 25’s w/:15 R 
  • 6 x 50 STR (25 sw long, 25 fast) @ 1:00
  • 4 x 100 pb FR neg split each 100 w/:15 R
  • 6 x 50 STR w/fins @ 1:15 desc 1-4 to very fast, hold speed on 5 & 6
  • 100 EZ

    Partner Kicks:

  • 4 x 25 K chases w/ :20 R
  • 3 x 50 K-IM transition (no back kick w/board…it’s so recreational!!) desc 1-3 w/ :20 R
  • 2 x 75 K speed play w/ :30 R
  • 1 x 100 FAST w/ 1:00 R
  • 1 x 75 K speed play w/:30 R
  • 1 x 50 K FAST w/ :30 R
  • 1 x 25 K EZ
  • 150 EZ SW

4,100 yards (or in Jimmy Green-land: 8,700 meters…way to go, Jim!)

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Triathletes Puttin’ it on the Line!

Our Triathlete Brethren HAVE had, ARE having and WILL have BIG race weekends this month!

Kudos to Misty Miller, who recently shaved 45 minutes from her PR at the IRONMAN Chattanooga on Sept 28th! Search her name and see how she did…:) Great job, Misty!

Today, as I type, teammate Willie McCourt is crankin’ on Kailua-Kona, Hawai`i at THE Original IRONMAN. Search her name and follow her throughout her day! Take a moment and send her some love, strength and great race mojo!

Also today, at the Bethel, NC Half Marathon, studette Lou Hipps won the masters division in her 13.1 mile running race…Great job, Lou!

Tomorrow (Sun, Oct 11th), Cory Donohue is racing at the Ironman Louisville. We wish him a safe race, and for goodness sake, man, put your head down on that swim:)

Next weekend (October 17th), in Wilmington, Hope Concannon is racing in her first Full Iron-Distance Tri, and Greg Pollack is racing in his first Half Iron-Distance Tri at the Beach 2 Battleship event. We are glad we could be a part of your training!

Each of you is an inspiration and we wish you all the best in your respective races! If any of y’all have pics you’d like to share or post, please pass them along!

Cheers, Coach A

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