9.21.2011

US Open Water Swimming - Virtual Swim

It's time for US Open Water Swimming's Virtual Swim. The contest runs from October through March and is a good way to stay motivated and keep training during the winter months. You can get more information and register by clicking here. Fellow Utah swimmer Gordon Gridley was the big winner of the 250 mile swim last year.

Here is a summary of the event taken from the website:

When: October 1st 2011 - March 31st 2012
Entry Chairman: Karen Reeder
Email: dksreeder@skybeam.com Enter online at: https://www.clubassistant.com/club/clinics/reserve.cfm?c=1219&cid=52270 Website: http://usopenwaterswimming.org/

Eligibility: Open to anyone who swims! Sign up before October 1st!

Categories: Each person picks ONE of 5 goal distances to complete within the 6 month time-frame. After sign up, the swimmer will receive a swim log form to keep track of their yardage. Distance categories are listed below. Swimming anywhere, open water or pools counts for yardage. Distances swum in meters can be converted to yards at http://www.calculateme.com/Length/index.htm

1) 50 miles Lake Chelan, Washington - 88,000 yards: averaging 3,382 yards per week

2) 100 miles, Key Largo to Key West, Florida -176,000 yards: averaging 6765 yards per week

3) 150 miles, Malibu to La Jolla, California - 264,000 yards: averaging 10,150 yards per week

4) 200 miles, Lake Oahe, North and South Dakota - 352,000 yards: averaging 13,530 yards per week

5) 250 Miles, Around Long Island, New York - 440,000 yards: averaging 16,712 yards per week

Awards: The person that completes the distance and submits their swim log FIRST will receive a $40 gift certificate from Kiefer Swim Shop and Kiefer gift certificates will be awarded for 2nd - 5th place in each category. More prizes may be added depending upon participation levels for each category. A prize winners’ mileage CANNOT BE higher than the average for the next higher distance category. If you are unsure about which category to choose, contact the entry chairman.

Entry Fees: Basic Entry: $15.00

Premier Entry: $75.00 - Premier swimmers will receive 26 workouts, 1 for each week to assist them their training. Workout sample is shown below

T-Shirts: $20.00 which includes shipping within the U.S. White T-Shirts will have on the back “50 Mile Swim, Lake Chelan Washington, (for example) based upon the swimmers’ sign-up category.

Workout Sample: There will be three categories for each workout. Category A will be approximately 1300-1700 yards, category B about 2200-2700 yards and category C 3500-4000 yards.

A) 200 swim warm-up choice

300 swim @:20 rest, 2 x 50 – 1 easy/1 fast @:15 rest

200 swim @:20 rest, 4 x 50 – 1 easy/1 fast @:15 rest

100 swim @:20 rest, 6 x 50 – 1 easy/1 fast @:15 rest

100 warm-down

1500 yards

B) Warm-up 200 swim, 100 kick, 200 pull

400 swim @:15 rest, 2 x 50 – 1 easy/1 fast @:15 rest

300 swim @:15 rest, 4 x 50 – 1 easy/1fast @:15 rest

200 swim @:15 rest, 4 x 50 – 1 easy/1 fast @:15 rest

100 swim @:15 rest, 2 x 50 – 1 easy/1 fast @:15 rest

200 warm-down

2300 yards

C) Warm-up 200 swim, 200 kick, 200 pull

500 swim @:15 rest, 2 x 50 – 1 easy/fast @:15 rest

400 swim @:15 rest, 4 x 50 – 1 easy/1 fast @:15 rest

300 swim @:15 rest, 6 x 50 – 1 easy/1fast @:15 rest

200 swim @:15 rest, 8 x 50 – 1 easy/1 fast @:15 rest

100 swim @:15 rest, 10 x 50 – 1 easy/1 fast @:15 rest

Warm-down 200 swim choice

3800 yards

More about the Swims:

Lake Chelan– This is the 3rd deepest lake in the United States with a maximum depth of 1486 feet. The swimmer begins in the city of Chelan and heads northwest until reaching the end of the lake to complete 50 miles.

Florida Keys – The swimmer begins at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park and heads south and west along the Florida Keys. The swimmer will pass Key Largo, Islamorada, Duck Key, Marathon, and Big Pine Key before finishing the 100 mile swim in Key West.

Malibu to La Jolla: This swim begins in Malibu, California and the swimmer will take a “scenic route” to La Jolla near San Diego. The swimmer will head south towards Catalina Island, swim around it to the south side. Next, the swimmer will head southward to the east side of San Clemente Island. After reaching San Clemente Island the swimmer will turn east towards San Diego, finishing at La Jolla Cove for 150 miles.

Lake Oahe: This lake is the 4th largest reservoir by volume in the US. This swim begins at the south end of the lake at East Shores Recreation Area about 8 miles north of Pierre, South Dakota. The swimmer heads north up the lake, crosses the border into North Dakota and finishes at Hazelton Recreation Area, North Dakota for 200 miles.

Long Island: This swim starts at Brighton Beach in Brooklyn. The swimmer will head south across Jamaica Bay to Breezy Point Tip and then turn northeast, swimming along the south side of Long Island. Once reaching Montauk, the swimmer will go around the tip of Long Island and head northwest towards Orient Point. After reaching the point, the swimmer turns southeast heading down the north side of Long Island. The swimmer will go past Port Jefferson, Bayville and Port Washington before heading under the Throgs Neck and Whitestone Bridges, then past La Guardia Airport. Once past the often turbulent water of Hell Gate, the swimmer will enter the East River, passing Roosevelt Island. The route continues under several iconic New York bridges, past Governor’s Island in the harbor, through the Verrazano Narrows, past Coney Island, finally finishing at Brighton Beach for the 250 mile circumnavigation.

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