The final Potomac Valley meeting of the year, our annual meeting, will be held on Sunday, November 17, prior to the Lox & Bagels meet. This meeting is the final chance this year for representation by a member of each team, to avoid the team dues renewal penalty for next year. This rule was put into effect not to penalize teams, but to increase involvement in the Potomac Valley organization. We hope that teams and individuals, will view it as it was meant and become more involved in Masters swimming.
Happy Swimming. Eric
At the end of June, Montgomery Ancient Mariner Terry Kominski staged the Dolphin Memorial Swim Meet for the fifth consecutive year. Terry, the long-time coach of the Strathmore Bel Pre summer swim team in Silver Spring, MD, started the meet to honor the team's swimmers and parents and her mom who died of cancer and other illness-related causes. The meet also serves as a fundraiser for charities that canhelp end such diseases.
To publicize the meet, Terry posts signs at the pool, distributes flyers to teams in the local summer swim leagues, and spreads the word to friends, acquaintances, and the Masters group that she coaches at the Aspen Hill Club. Familiar faces are seen every year among volunteers, swimmers, and spectators; neighborhood families often stop by.
Since Terry enjoys sprint events, she designed the meet in a sprint format that appeals to competitive and non-competitive swimmers alike.
The result? Besides loads of enjoyment, the meet typically raises $1,200-$1,500 from event fees and event sponsorships, program sales, food and beverage sales (Terry's sister Kathy runs the snack bar every year), and general donations. Terry and her crew foot the bill for all expenses (food, ribbons, etc.) so that every penny goes to charity.
Terry says, "This meet means a lot to me, and it is a lot of fun. I am already looking forward to next year!"
For more information on the Annual Dolphin Memorial Swim Meet, contact Terry at 301-260-8676 or drop her an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have you hosted or participated in a public service activity? If so, send CJ an e-mail: PVTreasurer@usms.org.
It may not be a fountain of youth, but a workout that would magically burn off fat while getting you in shape would be almost as good! Here are some tips for how to get into that magical 'fat burning' zone when exercising.
There appear to be two principles involved in burning fat while exercising:
Paradoxically, the fitter you are, the more efficiently your body burns fat while exercising. But even the aerobically impoverished can \ take steps to burn fat.
As you begin to exercise, all of your energy comes from glycogen stored in your muscles. However, over the next 20 minutes, fat breakdown (plus some blood glucose) begins to supply about half of your energy requirement. As exercise continues, fat catabolism increases - supplying up to 70% of the energy requirement. Low-intensity exercise (or exercise at 25% of aerobic capacity), even for relatively short periods, is also fueled almost totally by fat combustion.
Fat is a great source of energy. For example, the body's energy reserves from carbohydrates could power high intensity running for about an hour and a half. However, the fat reserves would last 75 times longer. While it outlasts carbohydrates as an energy source, fat oxidation produces energy at a slower rate which is one of the reasons for the decrease in your exercise capacity after several hours of exertion - when you're primarily burning fat as fuel.
The contribution of fat to the energy burned during exercise requires its release from the fat storage sites and delivery to muscle tissue.
The fitter you are, the better your body is at burning fat and delivering it to the muscle tissues. Depending on a person's state of nutrition
and fitness, the intensity and duration of the activity, and their fat 'supplies', fat-burning will supply anywhere from 30-80% of the energy
for physical activity. With aerobic training the athlete acquires:
All of these affect how well the person can utilize fat as a fuel for activity. World class endurance athletes can perform at 85-90% of their maximum aerobic capacity for long periods.
Of course it's probably true that the better your body is at fat-burning, the less you need to burn that excess fat. Regardless, following the above principles will help you 'feel the burn' in a whole new way.
Source: Essentials of Exercise Physiology (second edition) by William D. McArdle, Frank I. Katch, and Vitor L. Katch Copyright 2000 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.
ALEX - ALEXANDRIA MASTERS SWIMMING
Potomac Valley LMSC Results from
Some of the major highlights I experienced include my personal favorites: the NYC Firemen and my crew. My kayaker and I were like opposing forces working in unison to power our way around the Island. Bonnie was able to turn my severe bouts of throwing up (12 times) and having diarrhea into a semi-heroic event. I am grateful to her for her sense of calm and dedication during the swim.
One of my favorite memories was when we were in the middle-Hudson between the 79th Street Boat Basin and Chelsea Piers. I was getting pummeled by the waves and at that point I just wanted the swim to be over. I lifted my head and said very strongly, "Is this the calmest water you can find out here?" Bonnie in her very business-like manner said, "Well, I can take you farther out in the middle and get you faster water and bigger waves or I can take you closer to shore and get you slower water and smaller waves. It is your choice but you need to decide -- longer time with easier waves or shorter time with harder waves." It was the same every time I questioned where we were or where we were heading. "Never mind, you are right, I will follow you... just keep doing what you are doing!"
I guess I could both go on and on regarding the little things I remembered or thought about for the 8 hours and 9 minutes I swam, but that would probably be almost as painful as the swim! Therefore, I'll stop here and say...
"Thank You!" and express my heartfelt gratitude for all of the hard work and dedication of my crew which helped to make my swim a success.
With a relatively few number of entries (32) this year, we still had seven new meet records set as follows:
We hope you will consider swimming in this meet next year and also in the Terrapin Masters 1000/1650 meet on December 8, 2002.
The top 3 finishers in the 5 mile wave were Daniella Muraca (1:53), Steve Taylor (1:55), and Sue Butler (1:58). For the 4 mile wave, Caron Whitaker (1:42) finished first followed by Angela Bradberry (1:43) and Erin Miller (1:44). Craig Dewing (1:10) led the 3 milers with Cortney Piper (1:12) and Ryan Fauth (1:13) close behind. In the two mile wave, Katherine Reid, the daughter half of a mother/daughter team (Mom Judy Payne swam with the 1 milers), came in first with an excellent time of 48:46 and was followed by Marcia Smith and Eric Czander both with a time of 51:33. DCAC's own Amy Oggel was the first to come to shore leading the 1 mile wave (24:07). Mick Butler and Vivian Young both followed her and reached the Rolph's Wharf shore in 27:40. Eric and Vivian are also DCAC swimmers.
Don Cook's band, Fleet Street, and Sherri Millan on acoustic guitar provided musical entertainment as supporters and swimmers watched and cheered swimmers coming ashore. In addition to Don on lead guitar, Fleet Street included Brian Blanchard on bass and Mike Monroe on violin. Caldwell Tire assisted by inflating buoys marking the course.
Andy's, The Feast of Reason, Chesapeake Chicken and Rollickin' Ribs, and Costco in Arlington, VA provided food. The Chester River Association also assisted with food and provided many delicious salads and vegetarian dishes. I received a note from one participant saying it was the best lunch served at any triathlon/open water swim that they ever attended.
The U.S. Coast Guard and Auxiliary, MD Natural Resources Police, Kent and Queen Anne's County Rescue Squad, Scott Leidig and the Chesapeake Bay Boston Whaler Club, Steve Sharkey of the Chester River Association and his many paddlers, members of the Chesapeake Paddlers Association, and other paddlers including long time paddler Chris Brubaker, ensured that the event was safe. Swim for Life is especially grateful to the safety crew.
Last but not least, the event could not have taken place without the assistance of perennial volunteers Jim Morris providing administrative assistance and Mike Gordy and Ed Brubaker guiding incoming swimmers and recording their times.
Volunteers from the beneficiary organizations Efforts, Quality of Life Retreats, Heart to Hand, Pediatric HIV/AIDS, Chester River Association, AIDS Legislative Committee, and the Chester Valley Ministers Association were all on hand to make the event a success. Damien Ministries in Washington, DC, will also receive funds.
Next year's event is tentatively planned for Saturday, June 28th and once again will be at Rolph's Wharf. Brochures will be sent to all swimmers and as details are finalized, the brochure will appear on the DCAC website at www.swimdcac.org along with others.
See you next year!!!
Ocean City, MD 1 Mile Swim, July 13
VOLUNTEERS included the Bruner family (Jayne, Cheryl, and Bob) who did all the computer work. Bob Schreiner was head timer making sure your times were recorded accurately. Beth Schreiner served as 'jack of all trades' helping with set up of refreshments for officials, supplies for volunteers, and those fun bottle holders given as participation awards. Steve Hogan again provided a unique t-shirt and helped with check-in. Additional volunteers for the early and busy check-in duty were Don Edgell and Karen Hanman. Old time DC Masters, Karen and Lee Bettis pitched in to help with food for officials and keeping you informed over the PA. Potomac Valley Registrar, Jeff Roddin, provided lots of technical support to the novice DCM internet personnel. The staff at George Mason was very accommodating and helpful setting up for the meet and providing equipment. A lot easier than several years ago when Jayne and I rented a trailer, drove to Rockville, and transported timing pads, etc. to Haines Point pool for the DC Masters long course meet. I guess I am the word processing and mailing expert for DC Masters.
SWIMMERS it is most helpful when you submit a copy of your USMS registration card with your entry (or deck entry). All the information needed by the meet entry chairman is accurate and legible on your USMS card. HINT: experienced swimmers make several copies of their USMS card and keep them handy for entering meets.
And lastly did you like the self-service AWARDS? Ribbons for first, second and third places and corresponding labels were available on the table for your taking. About 65 percent of the labels were retrieved. No count of ribbons was taken. Look forward to seeing you next summer for the DC Masters 18th Annual Long Course Meet.
PS: One of the best kept secrets in Northern Virginia is the George Mason University Athletic Center. The competition pool is configured long course (cool water also) all summer and available all day to the public. For the 2002 the fees were $6 for a one time visit or $50 for a 10 swim punch card.
My apologies to Penny Bates whose article, "Adventures in New Zealand" was inadvertently truncated in the May 2002 issue. For the full text of Penny's article see: www.pvmasters.org/~newsletter/May-02/May02.htm#5.
PV Meeting Minutes - July 1, 2002
The minutes from the last meeting were approved.
A new club has registered in PV. Howard University Master Sharks (HUM) will be swimming at the Burr Pool in DC.
The Evolve Store on Main Street in Annapolis, MD carries Sea Safe Anti Jellyfish Sting Lotion.
Despite NOAA's broadcast, the water temperature of 62 degrees and some strong, cold winds coming against me from the NorthWest, I completed my Patapsco River Swim from Bodkin Point to North Point State Park in 3 hours and 15 minutes.
I plunged into the cold water after a longer than expected chilly boat ride from Sandy Point to the start, and swam wearing only a Speedo and two swim caps. A highlight of the boat trip was looking at the vast expanse of river with pleasure creeks opening on the south and smoke stacks on the north. Key Bridge appeared like a steel rainbow behind which The World Trade Center clearly defined the Inner Harbor.
I jumped in at 8:45 am and followed one of my two paddlers, since seeing the other side was not possible. It was 'fun' trying to breathe without swallowing water, while waves and wind smacked me in the face. My other paddler stopped me every half hour for a banana and Gatorade and asked questions to test my degree of hypothermia. There were two Boston whalers running interference with a good deal of small craft traffic. Another highlight, which reinforced how important having a good water support team is, was spotting the gigantic hull of a barge coming along the channel from the bay. I stopped and yelled, "Am I going through or waiting for it to pass?" and my crew yelled back "Don't worry! They know you are here!" I didn't have to slow down because the barge sped by and was out of sight before I got close to it and there was no significant wake.
Seeing the old "Bay Shore" pier was an even bigger relief and a great surprise was being greeted as I came ashore at 12:00 noon by Paul Travers! I had given copies of his The Patapsco: Baltimore's River of History to each of my boaters and paddlers and actually re-read the last chapter of his history early Sunday morning to get me psyched. A great exhilarating day!
Food, refreshments and Joe Stewart's photo cards, with shots up, down and on our waterways in exchange for contributions to
watershed conservation efforts
So far the year 2002 has brought two new clubs to the Potomac Valley LMSC: Howard University Master Sharks (HUM) and Fairfax Area Aquatic Team (FAAT). As is the case with all existing registered USMS clubs in Potomac Valley, all masters swimmers are eligible to join these new teams. On behalf of the Potomac Valley LMSC, welcome to our organization!
If your household is receiving more than one copy of The Swimmer's Ear and you would prefer not to receive the extra copies, please contact me (301-603-0528, PVRegistrar@usms.org) and let me know which registered PV swimmers wish to be "unsubscribed." Please note this option is not available for SWIM magazine subscriptions at this time.
Replacement USMS cards cost $2.50. Tidbit: your USMS number is printed on your SWIM address label.
Did you know that in a 1-year period USMS receives approximately 2,500 address changes from SWIM Magazine, Local Registrars and Individual Swimmers? The majority are from SWIM Magazine who receives the returned magazine. They in turn send them on to the USMS National Office. This is over 200 per month and 6% of our membership. By the time USMS receives this information and updates the database, the swimmer may already have missed the next issue.
LMSC Registrars send their monthly registrations and any address changes they receive to the National Office. The National Office in turn creates the labels for SWIM Magazine. If the swimmer does not inform their local registrar of their change in address, the national database is not updated and the magazine is sent to their old address. THEREFORE SWIMMERS SHOULD CONTACT JEFF RODDIN (301-603-0528, PVRegistrar@usms.org) WITH ANY ADDRESS CHANGES.
PV LMSC Meeting attendance policy reminder:
Contact Bill West at 301-773-8416 or email@example.com
2002 Pool Calendar
May 31, 2003
June 8, 2003
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