All Day Open Water Swim Intensive Clinic - June 5, 2010

I happened to come across this event on accident while reading a swimming article on Active.com.  It appears to be an all day open water swim clinic.  Although the Active.com registration page doesn't say exactly where this clinic will take place, it does say it is in Eden, UT so I assume it is at Pineview reservoir.  The cost to register is $75.  

You will learn open water techniques; deep water starts, beach starts, shallow starts, drafting, wetsuit tips, nutrition tips, mental toughness, buoy turns, swim techniques and do mock races. We will have an early morning, mid-afternoon, and evening swim. Brunch will be provided during the nutrition seminar. In the afternoon we will also have a seminar on overcoming our fears. Games and prizes will follow the last swim of the day.

Be prepared with your wetsuit, changes of clothes, swim suits, towels, goggles, swim caps, hygiene supplies, anything you will need for all day swimming and training. Coaches and Guests: Lizz Bennett C.P.T. O.zone endurance expert, coach, multisport athlete, Ironman finisher. Barbara Sherwood R.D. and multisport athlete. Wes Johnson USAT level 1 coach and multisport athlete. Jannalynn Luttrell USAT level 1 coach and multisport athlete, Ironman finisher. Louis Naegle L.C.S.W.

Sounds like a good time.  Click here for more details.


Recap of May 27 Gorup Swim at Bountiful Lake

We had a good time Thursday night at Bountiful Lake despite colder than expected water temperatures (56 degrees).  We had five swimmers show up and we all got in the water.  Three of us made the full 1 mile loop around the lake while the other two went back to shore to try to warm up.  This is only the second time this year that I have been in water this cold and my hands and feet were tingling throughout the swim.  Putting my face in the water was the worst part, it hurt until it went numb from the cold.

The only downside of the evening was when Gordon lost his wedding ring after only a short time in the water.

After the swim, a large truck pulled up to stock the pond with fish.  We watched for a while as the fish came streaming out of the back of the truck and into the cold water.  Now we know what we're swimming with!


Group Swim - Thursday May 27 @ 5:30pm - Bountiful Lake

For anyone who is able to make it, we will be swimming this coming Thursday (May 27) evening at Bountiful Lake.  We will be meeting at 5:30pm in the parking lot near the boat ramp.

The weather looks good over the next few days with temperatures in the mid 70's.  Hopefully the good weather combined with swimming in the afternoon instead of the morning will get us a comfortable water temp for swimming.

At this point, even if the water is still 54 degrees, I'm getting in.

Directions to Bountiful Lake:
Coming from north or south of Bountiful, take the 500 South exit from either I-15 or Legacy Parkway.  Head west on 500 South.  500 South will wrap around into a frontage road.  Head north on the frontage road for about 1.5 miles.  Turn left and you are there.

Aquaholics Is Now Renting Wetsuits

Aquaholics in Midvale is now renting TYR Hurricane wetsuits.  For $45 you can rent one of their suits for five days (Thursday through Monday).

For more information visit them at their store located at 583 East 7200 South in Midvale or call them at (801)748-0588.


Orem City to Attempt to Break 24-Hour Swimming Record...And You Can Help

Orem City is going to attempt to break the Guinness World Record for a 24-hour swimming relay during their SummerFest celebration this year.  The current record is 3,941 people and was set on January 23-24, 2009 in Tshwane, South Africa.  You can sign up to participate in the attempt by visiting their website.

From the SummerFest website:

We want to break a GUINNESS WORLD RECORD ™ and hope that you will be able to help us! During Orem Summerfest on June 11 and 12, we will be attempting to break the 24 hour swimming relay record! What does that mean? Well, we want to get the most participants to swim one length of a pool in a 24 hour period. The current record is 3,941 people and was set on January 23-24, 2009 in Tshwane, South Africa.

      In order to do this, we need to have a swimmer complete one length in an average of 20 seconds. That's pretty fast! We need to recruit over 4,000 confident swimmers who have always dreamt of breaking a world record and seeing their efforts recognized in one of the most read books in the world!

      It sounds simple, but we need your help. Getting that many good swimmers willing to participate and show up when expected is going to be tough. If you want to help us do this, we need you to sign up…and get your friends to sign up!

      We hope you will be able to help us. We need a lot of people!


10 Reasons Why Open Water Swimming Rocks - Swimnetwork.com

I just came across this funny, but true, article about what is so exciting about open water swimming on Swimnetwork.com.  The author, Casey Barrett, gives 10 reasons why open water swimming is cooler than pool swimming:

1) You have to know your opponent
2) To be good at open water, you don't have to be the best in the pool
3) Open water swimmers are tougher
4) Pursuit races
5) Chicks dig scars, gross stories and examples of toughness
6) The cure for pool burnout
7) Different racing strategies
8) Better for spectators
9) You learn to swim straight
10) You actually go somewhere

The full article can be found here, and is definitely worth the read.


Kau Wela Open Swim Competition

St. George City has updated their website with the details of the 2010 Kau Wela Open Swim Competition.  The event will take place on Saturday September 4, 2010 at Sand Hollow reservoir and will include 1 mile and 1/2 mile open water races as well as 50M kid's race and a 4 x 100M relay.

The entry fee is only $25 and will allow you to swim both the 1 mile and 1/2 mile swims.  Entry for the kid's race is $10 and the relay is $60 per team.

The event will be timed and will allow the use of wetsuits.
For more information, please visit the St. George City Recreation website.


Group Swim - May 19 @ Bountiful Lake

The weather has finally decided to warm up and, according to my friend Gords, the water temperature at Bountiful Lake last week was about 63 degrees.  With a few more warm days early this week, I think we should be up to around 65 by Wednesday.

We will be meeting in the parking lot near the boat ramp Wednesday May 19th at 7:00am for anyone who wants to join us.  As long as the weather stays nice, we will be swimming every Wednesday morning at the same time.


Aquaholics Midnight Madness Sale - Friday May 21, 2010

Aquaholics will be celebrating their 6th anniversary with a "Midnight Madness Sale" on Friday May 21, 2010 from 6:00pm to midnight.  There will be hourly drawings, pizza, a discount spin wheel, and special pricing on select suits and grab bags.

Aquaholics is located at 583 East 7200 South in Midvale.

PowerTri Open Water Swimming Clinic - May 14 @ Sand Hollow

Jameson King & Heath Thurston from PowerTri will be doing an informal open water swim clinic this Friday (May 14th) at Sand Hollow Reservoir.  They will be meeting at 5pm at the boat ramp/dock. Email Jameson at jameson@powertri.com for more details.

Water Levels at Utah Reservoirs Expected to be "Average, if not higher" for Summer 2010

This was just posted on the Utah State Parks and Recreation's Facebook page and I thought it was worth sharing with those who swim in Utah's reservoirs.

Salt Lake City – Wet winter and spring conditions should produce enough runoff to fill reservoirs and keep most reservoirs full into the summer for boat launching and other water recreation activities. Northern Utah boating managers report water levels will be average, if not higher.

Southern Utah boating parks report reservoirs should be near capacity. Due to construction, Wide Hollow Reservoir at Escalante Petrified Forest State Park is closed for the season.

“If precipitation continues and residents use water wisely, we should have enough water to keep reservoirs at adequate water levels throughout the summer,” commented Assistant Boating Program Manager Chris Haller. “Boaters should take advantage of the great conditions and look forward to a good boating season.”

For more information on boating or for current reservoir information, visit stateparks.utah.gov.


The Worst Case Scenario Handbook for Open Water Swimming

If you get a chance, check out the May / June 2010 issue of Rocky Mountain Running and Triathlon magazine.  They ran an article that I wrote about the "worst case scenarios" of open water swimming and how to survive each scenario.  You can read the article on their website.

Rocky Mountain Running and Triathlon is an exciting new magazine (with only three issues published so far) that covers running and triathlon throughout the Rocky Mountain states.  The articles found in RMR&T are entertaining and informative and are written by doctors, nutritionists, coaches, athletes and amateurs (like myself) throughout the region.


US Trisports - Open Water Swim Clinics at Blackridge Reservoir

US Trisports, the race management team behind the Stansbury, Rock Cliff and Daybreak triathlons, is offering two free open water clinics that will be held at Blackridge Reservoir in Herriman.

Shannon Mulder, a level 2 USAT coach and experienced swimmer and triathlete, will be leading the clinics.

I attended one of the clinics offered at Stansburry Lake last year and was really impressed with the instruction and came away with some helpful tips and open water practice.  I highly recommend these clinics to anyone interested in open water swimming or triathlon.

Please visit the US Trisports website for more information and to reserve your spot for one of the clinics.

Impressions of Ironman St. George

I was lucky to be able to make the trip to watch the inaugural Ironman St. George last weekend and it was both inspiring and heartbreaking.

I missed the morning shuttle to Sand Hollow State Park and had to walk 3+ miles in to the park to see the swimmers and T1.  On the positive side, I was able to see all of the cyclists coming out of the park on the long walk in.  I was impressed by the diversity of athletes I saw speeding by. Nearly every skill level was represented from the incredibly fast elite pros to those who were struggling to stay ahead of the cutoff times.

By the time I got into the park, the last swimmers were getting out of the water.  There were a few swimmers who didn't make the 2:20 swim cutoff and had to end their Ironman quest early.  It was painful to watch as one swimmer got out of the water and started to cry; missing the cutoff time by only about two minutes.  Although I didn't see the first swimmers out of the water, I can't imagine that the cheers for them were any louder than they were for this swimmer.  One of the reasons that I love triathlon is that the spectators and athletes are so supportive.  I can't think of another sport where your competitors will yell "good job" as they fly past you on the bike or run.

I was really impressed with the organization and number of spectators and volunteers.  The magnitude of an Ironman event is staggering and it's difficult to imagine how much time and work goes into putting a world class race like this together.  I heard from some volunteers that there were nearly twice as many volunteers as there were athletes.

Sand Hollow is a beautiful park and was especially beautiful that morning.  I love how the red sand and rocks contrast against the blue water.  The water itself was chilly (Utah State Parks reported 55 degrees) and many of the swimmers I saw getting out looked really cold even with their wetsuits.

After the athletes left T1 I started walking back to where I had parked my car.  I didn't get far before a race volunteer pulled over and offered to give me a ride.  She was a delight to talk to and was obviously excited about Ironman St. George.  As a native of the area she was also excited about the economic benefits of having such a high profile race in her hometown.  I could tell that she was proud of her hometown and proud to be involved with the race.  I too was proud that my home state was host to one of the sport's premier events.


May 5 Group Swim at Bountiful Lake - CANCELED

The group swim that we had planned at Bountiful Lake for May 5 has been canceled due to cold water.  The temperature was about 63 degrees a few weeks ago, but has since dropped to 58 degrees with the recent cold weather and storms.

We will start swimming once the water warms back up to about 65 degrees.