2015 USMS 1-Hour ePostal

It's that time of year again...time for the annual USMS 1-Hour Postal swim.

I got my buddy Goody to meet me at Kearns Oquirrh Park Fitness Center this morning. I got there a little later than I planned, but still got in a warm-up of about 700 yards before Goody got there.

My goal was 4,500 yards, but I thought I would probably end up somewhere around 4,400.  I think I could do 4,500, but I'd need a watch or someone on deck to help me with pacing (which is against the rules of the USMS postal).

Anyway, I finished at 4,452 yards, rounded down to 4,450.  Not too far off of my goal and a 30 yard improvement from last year. I'd like to do it again later this year and see if I can make it to 4,500.

I felt pretty good the whole time. My goggles were leaking towards the end and I thought about stopping to fix them, but just kept going. I started trying to pick up the pace at around 3,500 yards and pushed hard on the last 500 yards.

I kind of like to nerd out with the data after the swim is over.  Here's a graph of my 50 yard splits with an added trend line.

My average 50 split was 40.44 and my average 100 yard split was 1:20.95.

Next time I do this swim, I need to remember to make and effort to pick up the pace from about 3,000 yards to 3,500 yards. That was where my slowest splits were.

I love this event because it gives you a good idea of where you are with pacing and training early in the year so you know what to work on the rest of the year.

Next up are the 5K and 10K ePostals from May to September and the 3,000 and 6,000 yard ePostals in September to November.


2015 Goals

It's a new year and time to start thinking about what I want to accomplish in my swimming life this year. Here are some things on my list to do:

Complete the Utah Triple Crown
I've done all three of the Utah Triple Crown swims in the past, just not all in one year. In order to get the Utah Triple Crown award, all three must we done in one year. The plan is to swim Bear Lake the day before the Bear Lake Monster Swim with Chad. I haven't decided if I am going to try to swim GSL as part of the race, or on my own. I've even been thinking about going from Black Rock to Antelope instead of the other way around. I'll shoot for the 10-mile Deer Creek swim on the day of the race.

Dam 2 Dam
I had a blast at the Dam 2 Dam swim last year. I'm planning on swimming it again and hopefully finishing with a better time. I'd also like to get a bigger group from Utah to make the trip and swim.

Double-width Bear Lake Crossing
I'd like to earn my Monster Hunter patch and certificate from the Bear Lake Swimming Association. Chad is going to do a double-width swim the day before the Bear Lake Monster Swim and I'd like to try to do it the same day.

Official Meet Time for all USMS Short Course Events
I'd really like to get an official meet time for all USMS short course pool events. For those who are wondering that includes: 50 free, 100 free, 200 free, 500 free, 1,000 free, 1,650 free, 50 breast, 100 breast, 200 breast, 50 back, 100 back, 200 back, 50 fly, 100 fly, 200 fly (ouch), 100IM, 200IM and 400 IM (ouch again).

Complete all 5 USMS ePostals
This was on my list for last year, and I just didn't get it done. I did do the 1-hour and 5K last year. It can be tough to find someone willing to sit and record your splits for up to 3 hours (10K ePostal). I'd like to make these postal swims a more social experience and get a bunch of SLOW swimmers together on the same day to do them.

On top of these things, I'd also like to get more involved in coaching (pool and open water) and continue to try to get more people to try open water.

What goals are on your list for 2015?

2015 SLOW Awards Dinner

We had our annual Salt Lake Open Water (SLOW) awards dinner on December 30th at the Great Salt Lake Yacht Club.

We had a pretty good turnout and some great food.

Here is the year-in-review video that Gordon made:

There were a lot of awards given out this year!

Utah Triple Crown
Sarah Jones
Lisa Gentile
Joelle Beard
Stacey Schluckebier
Charles Doane
Chad Starks

Most Improved - Sarah Jones
Best Sportsman - Chad Starks
Best Sportswoman - Lisa Gentile
Goodwill Ambassador - Sue Frehse
Volunteer of the Year - Gordon Gridley

Bear Lake Swimming Association
Monster Hunter (double-width crossing of Bear Lake)
Lisa Gentile
Kelly Gneiting

Monster Slayer (lengthwise crossing of Bear Lake)
Chad Starks
Goody Tyler

Congratulations to everyone on your accomplishments! We had a GREAT year and are looking forward to even greater things in 2015! Our club welcomes swimmers of all abilities. Come swim with us this year!