Lake swim on!

Bring your wetsuits!

It’s beautiful out here and we should not miss Saturday morning, 7:30 AM. Bring your thermos with hot coffee or tea, bring your favorite breakfast item and enjoy a mid October swim in Biltmore Lake, what could be finer on Saturday morning.?

Water looks very clear, smells clean, water has dropped about 6 to 8° since last week. This digital thermometer measures the top 1 inch. I believe it’s about 1 to 2° warmer than this shows, but regardless, wetsuit worthy.

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Lake on Sat, JCC on Sun!

Many workouts below from the last three weeks!

Come on out to Biltmore Lake tomorrow at 7:30am, (just a little later for the light), the water should be upper 70s still!

If you want to bring a wetsuit to try it out come on out. We will swim as a late into the fall as anyone is willing.

If you want to bring a friend and get a little open water lesson bring them out.

There’s also the option to swim on Sunday at JCC at 7:15am.

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Gorgeous Jocassee !

Congratulations to everyone who participated in this wonderful swimming event this past weekend. I think we had 11 swimmers from Asheville Masters: Alice A., Adrienne K., Lisa K., Renee M., Jill H., Greg P., Holli D, BJ B., Andrew P., Geoffrey R., and Kathy R. and many of their family with us, it was GREAT! Please let me know if I’ve left you off the list of happy Lake Jocassee Upstate Splash 1.2 or 2.4 mile swimmers:)

The day was just gorgeous…

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With 83-85F air, high clouds & wind increasing all morning, chop and current also getting stronger during swim. Super fun conditions, clear & gorgeous water at comfy temperature-81F! This is just a cool event for an essential cause with some really great people!!

See race results HERE and click different boxes for different result views, duh!

Check out wind in video below:

(pc Sarah Hart above)

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Workouts and Jocassee Updates link

For those of you entered in Saturday’s Lake Jocassee Upstate Splash 1.2 or 2.4 mile swim in South Carolina, please check that event’s link regularly for that event’s weather updates. Hurricane Florence may hold off affecting this race with it’s slow moving mass, but please check~ even the morning of ~for new race info updates! Thanks.

Devil’s State Park, Lake Jocassee SC

  • Park gates open at 7:00 am
  • Check-in starts at 7:30 am
  • Swim starts at 8:30 am
  • Always arrive early
  • Please carpool
  • State Park fees are extra

For those NOT swimming at Jocassee we WILL have a Biltmore Lake swim Saturday at the regular time. Marty will be there to offer a sign in/out sheet, and as always please watch out for one another and always sign out by crossing through your name:)

**SPECIAL NOTE** Please check out the new training modality we will likely begin at our weekly lake sessions. Thanks, Greg P. for the inspiration!

Here are a few recent workouts from Andrew (ABP),  Jim G. and Daniel D. and a fashion statement at the end! Enjoy y’all!

And, a preview of the new Asheville Hipster look for this fall!

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Weekend Full of Lake Fun!

Congratulations to all involved with That Dam Swim 2018! Jimbo C. swam well over 20 miles (!) on Saturday, and Marty M., Frank K., And Steve B. all swam at least 7.5 miles zigzagging through beautiful Lake Fontana. Ask them about it!


Asheville Masters had another great Biltmore Lake swim on Saturday morning for the workout group.

Sunday afternoon we had a wonderful Lake Lure experience at Holli and Neil’s beautiful place. Food and hanging with friends and meeting new people and swimming at the lake was pretty dang nice!

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Open Water Awesomeness, “That Dam Swim 2018” and Workout Records

Last Saturday we had our highest number at a Biltmore Lake open water workout ~ 20 swimmers enjoying the beautiful morning, perfect lake (79F) and air (67F and climbing) conditions!


Saturday, Sept 8th is the 4th annual “That Dam Swim 2018” over on Lake Fontana. Jimbo Cottam and Chris Lechner devised this 20+ mile open water odyssey to raise money for Hope Chest which provides support for women with cancer. Several folks from Asheville Masters have swum in previous years, and some more will participate this weekend. Go to their website if you’d like to donate or support/participate.


Below this info you’ll find recently coached workouts. Sometimes it’s fun to revisit them, use them for later or send them to a friend. Print one and do it on the road or on vacation. You are welcome to send any workout you see to anyone you’d like! Just let them know it came from your Asheville Masters group:)

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🐬Labor Day, Lake Lure & Ocean Race Stuff🐠

Labor Day Monday, September 3, regular time at Asheville School.


Our friend Holli has graciously invited us to her Lake Lure home next Sunday, September 9, noon to 5 PM-ish.

If you’ll please sign the sheet to rsvp this week at the pool for your attendance and potluck items🧜🏽‍♀️🧜🏽‍♂️

You may also send rsvp/ potluck items (and get address) to Lifeswim@gmail.com

Asheville Masters will provide some beverages (I think!).

Consider carpooling🛵Bring your lake toys🚣🏽‍♂️🏊🏽‍♂️, your partner, something to share, bathing suit or moo-moo. Enjoy the last of summer with us!☀️🌎🌝


Congrats to Bill Butcher who recently completed the solo Casco Bay Maine SwimRun2018!

This was a 3-mile ocean swim in 53-59F water and 15 miles of running over islands all in small doses! Congratulations, Bill!

Mix salt water and a chaffing wetsuit on your neck…breathe for 3 miles of ocean swimming in between islands with a ‘wicked pissa’ of a cross current and you get this. And glory!🐲

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