Swimmer's Ear
Newsletter of the Potomac Valley Masters Committee
September 2004


    Newsletter Schedule
  • February (deadline: January 15)
  • May (deadline: April 15)
  • September (deadline: August 15)
  • December (deadline: November 15)

 Note from the Chair

Eric Nordlund




The PV Last Chance Meet was a big success with about 120 swimmers entered in the meet. A special thanks to DCAC for being the largest team at the meet and for stocking the refreshments for the officials and timers. Lastly, thanks to Jeff Roddin, Debbie Morrin-Nordlund, Ray Novitske, Tim Timmons and Myriam Pero for making major contributions to the meet.

Potomac Valley fall meets, including the Patriot Masters Sprint Classic on Oct 31, the JCCNV Lox & Bagel Meet on Nov 14 and the Terrapin Masters 1000/1650 on Dec 5 are fast approaching and should provide some fine opportunities for setting new records (or at least some personal bests).

It was exciting to see a local Marylander, Michael Phelps do so well at the 2004 Olympics in Athens. I hope you enjoyed the swimming.

Happy Laps,
Eric Nordlund, Chair, Potomac Valley Masters Swimming



 Articles and Interviews

Bob Astheimer

Interview with Bob Astheimer
by Cheryl Wagner

Need a little inspiration for your evening workout? Think about Bob Astheimer who swam in his 15th Bay Swim this year, just 10 months after having a stroke. Bob is a five-time winner of the Potomac River Swim (twice placing second) and placed 9th overall in the 1997 Great Chesapeake Bay Swim. I asked Bob to talk about his rehabilitation and swimming.

How did you do in the Bay Swim this year?
Let's just say that I got a whole lot more Bay Swim for my money this year! The swim took me almost 2_ hours, which is about 45 minutes slower than in previous years. Yet, this was truly the only Bay Swim where I didn't care about my time. I'm really relieved that I was able to participate and delighted that I actually finished. In my dictionary, "participate" now comes before "compete."

When did you have the stroke?
It's been a year - Aug 7, 2003. Strokes have different severities. I'd characterize my stroke, which virtually paralyzed my right side, as "average." National statistics show that 15 percent of victims die shortly after the stroke. About 40% of stroke survivors suffer another, often more severe, stroke. I feel very fortunate that a year's gone by without further complications.

My symptoms started out as dizziness, nausea, and tiredness. I thought I had food poisoning and drove home to sleep it off.

When I woke up 2 hours later, I felt numbness and tingling in my right arm and right leg, so I drove myself to the hospital and simply wrote "stroke" on the ER triage form. They took me within a couple of minutes.

Over the next three days the symptoms gradually became much more serious. While in the hospital, the doctors did all sorts of tests to try to find the location of the stroke and its cause. All the tests were negative. They couldn't see where in the brain the stroke was located or what caused it.

When the stroke event was over, I could only lift my right leg about a foot off the bed, and I could merely flop my right arm above my head. The thing that made it seem less serious and more tolerable was that my speech and thinking were never impaired. My left side worked perfectly well, so I could still feed myself, read, watch TV, and figure out with great difficulty how to do some of the chores of everyday living.

The doctors believe the stroke was caused by a small blood clot in my brain stem. My only measurable problem was high blood pressure (180/120 in the ER). I have a family history of heart attack and stroke, and I hadn't gone to the doctor for 13 years. If you don't pay serious attention to your risk factors, you're really doing yourself a disservice.

How did you recover?
Surprisingly, I wasn't devastated! I only had this one problem to deal with. All the other complications of my hectic life sort of fell away. That was actually quite refreshing! Other important factors that really helped my positive, "this-is-a-vacation" attitude were: support of friends and relatives; not being in debt; having sick leave built up; not having others who are dependent on me; and that my job involves a computer, not physical activity.

I was in the hospital for 11 days and a second hospital for 7 additional days of physical therapy three times a day. That was followed by 8 weeks of outpatient therapy two days a week. The only treatments I required during the entire hospitalization were blood pressure medications and blood thinners. Now, I'm on Lotrel and Plavix.

How has swimming helped your recovery?
The first time I was able to get into a pool was three weeks after the stroke. The experience was wonderful. Two things I didn't previously appreciate about water: weightlessness and lying down to exercise. In the pool you can move to whatever extent your abilities allow without having to support your own weight. Sidestroke was a lifesaver! It allowed me to propel myself on my good side (down) while achieving a full range of motion on my affected side (up). That first day I completed 600 yards.

Initially, getting into and out of the pool was as much a task as swimming. I was happy I didn't drown; yet, I now had proof that the stroke had crippled my swimming ability. After several weeks, I saw someone doing freestyle, so I decided to try it and realized I could still go through the motions. Often, the stroke makes me timid about doing something and I have to use my mind to say, "Just Do It."

For eight weeks, I could only go to the pool once a week because I wasn't able to drive myself. My workout yardage went up to 2,000 yards a visit. When I finally regained enough movement in my leg to drive, I started working out 5 days a week. During that time, I slept 14 hours a day with a two-hour nap. I swam, ate, and slept. Going through lengthy workouts year after year before the stroke provided me with excellent physical and mental conditioning for working through this injury. Swimming was a great way to recuperate, and life was wonderful because I still wasn't working.

How has your swimming experience changed?
The stroke still affects all muscles on my right side. The symptoms are there during every movement. My neck muscles are always stiff, and my head feels a kilter. The side stitch from my right abdomen to my lower back during exercise can be enormous! When I begin to swim, the muscles on my right side start out very stiff. As I swim more or try to go faster, the added stress causes my muscles to cramp (not warm up and loosen, as they used to). Eventually, my toes and fingers curl as the cramping becomes more intense.

There's also no more "auto pilot." The brain cells that controlled the right side of my body through thousands of miles of swimming over many years are now dead. I have to always think about my stroke technique and teach stubborn 50-year-old brain cells how to make my right side swim properly again. The correct motions don't come naturally. Smooth, effortless cadence has been replaced by a choppy, lopsided struggle.

What made you think you could do the Bay Swim this year?
I really wasn't sure I could do the event when I signed up on February 1st. The public pools in this area are so stifling hot that my muscles go into a cramping mode almost immediately. But, my desire was there because the Bay Swim has become such a tradition. For example, Rod Peltzer, Dave W. Brown, Jim Horwitz, and I have completed 57 Bay Swims together (a greater total than for the 4 "swimming Matysek" brothers!).

In May, Rod and I did our usual 3-mile open water workouts with Mark Davis kayaking. I was very happy to find out that the cold water actually reduced my muscle cramping. I could swim reasonably well for a couple of miles, and when my right side gave out I could still hobble along powered by my left side. After we did the workouts four weekends in a row, I knew I could do the Bay Swim.

What lessons have you learned from this experience?
The foremost lesson is to pay serious attention to your health and treat your risk factors. I obviously had hypertension and ignored it. That was stupid. Now that my blood pressure is normal, I feel 10 years younger (except, of course, for the very annoying stroke symptoms)! If I had started taking blood pressure pills a year before the stroke, I most likely would have avoided the entire frightening episode.

Second, being in good shape does not give you immunity from health problems. I used swimming as an excuse to eat and drink as much as I wanted, lead a stressful life, and not get much-needed sleep. Day after day, I got up at 5:30 AM, worked 9 hours, commuted to the pool, swam for 1 hour, drove home by 8:30 PM, and I still hadn't eaten dinner. I thought I had this great activity-filled lifestyle, but I was just stressing myself out.

A residual thought is that a life-changing event should not be necessary for one to fully appreciate life.


Mark

Long Distance Training Advice from Mark Murray by Cheryl Wagner

Beware of getting what you wish for! I asked former assistant UM varsity coach and record-holding miler, Mark Murray, for advice on distance training, and received this challenging workout schedule.

Mark's Workout Advice:
To improve your 1650 time, it's best to do longer stuff three days a week, alternating with shorter swims for the other three days of the training week. For example, the shorter swims could be on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday with longer swims occurring on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Monday should be the longest training day with long, easy intervals. Tuesday should consist of "short rest" 100s, 200s, and 300s. Wednesday should be long distances with short rest intervals. Workouts on Thursday and Saturday are similar to Tuesday's. And on Friday do long stuff with lots of rest, but swim fast. Give it a try.

Mark is available for personal and team coaching and instruction and can be reached by email at: wmmurray@yahoo.com.


 Congratulations

All-American Relay Teams
The following PV swimmers qualified as Relay All-Americans for the 2002-2003 Season. Congratulations!

ANCM:
Clay Britt, Wally Dicks, Michael Fell, Rory Lewis, Dale McElhattan, Jeffrey Roddin

DCAC:
Andrew Bellows, Gregory Bilton, Jason Bricker, Jose Cunningham, Pablo Fernandez, Alan Godfrey, Michael Graham, Luke McClure, Jeffrey Mead, John O'Keefe, Krista Prescott, Karin Riesenfeld, Neill Williams, Stan Young

DCM:
Paul Grueneberger, Cleo Hurley, Nancy Kirkendall, Joann Leilich, Beth Schreiner, Barry Shay, Ann Svenson

TERR:
Kelly Bowman, James Crowder, Meredith Stakem and Jeffrey Strahota

Potomac Valley at Long Course Nationals
Potomac Valley LMSC Results from 2004 Long Course Nationals:

DCM DC Masters DCAC Dist Of Columbia Aquatics Club
Burgess, Thom   M62 Kinney, Matthew A   M34
200 Free2:53.087 800 Free9:39.623
200 Breast3:33.334 400 IM 5:08.703
100 Breast1:34.13 7
200 IM3:33.59 4 GERM Germantown Maryland Masters
50 Breast40.20 5 Durham, Richard S   M63
200 Breast4:34.5512
ANCM Montgomery Ancient Mariners 100 Breast 1:59.08 15
Diamond, Louis H   M65
200 Free3:03.937 GMUP Patriot Masters Swim Team
200 Breast3:43.898 Hansen, Robert M   M50
100 Breast 1:37.394 50 Fly 28.11 3
50 Breast 41.494 200 Free 2:12.03 5
Feinstein, John   M49 Hudson, John S   M49
50 Fly29.759 200 Free 2:21.41 13
100 Back1:23.138
100 Fly1:08.39 7 Oates, David R   M54
50 Back35.19 8 200 Free 2:11.79 4
800 Free11:30.70 10
Sax, William C   M35
Pero, Myriam   F55 800 Free 10:28.97 5
1500 Free 24:20.10 5 200 Free 2:25.09 9
200 Free 2:58.09 7 50 Free 30.23 8
400 Free 6:17.72 6 100 Fly 1:12.82 7
50 Free 36.28 6 200 Fly 2:52.87 2
100 Free 1:21.09 6
RMST Reston Masters Swim Team
Pettijohn, Margot K   F58 Constantino, Patricia S   F49
400 IM 7:08.62 3 200 Breast 3:47.26 11
200 Breast 3:36.86 4 50 Free 34.40 17
100 Breast 1:37.31 5 100 Breast 1:37.52 8
50 Breast 44.45 5 50 Breast 43.37 10
200 Fly 3:46.30 4 50 Back 40.00 8
Pugliese, Mark D   M52 Dilldine, Debbie L   F42
50 Fly 29.28 7 100 Back 1:37.25 18
100 Back 1:10.50 3 50 Free 36.76 23
200 Back 2:41.28 9 50 Back 44.22 14
50 Back 32.17 6
Manheim, Frank T   M74
Roddin, Jeffrey H   M35 200 Back 3:45.65 8
100 Back 1:11.33 5 200 IM DQ 0
200 Back 2:33.54 3 400 Free 7:19.84 7
50 Back 42.62 5
TERR Terrapin Masters
Diehl, David J   M63 Nakazawa, Muraji   M48
100 Back 1:38.34 5 50 Free 32.89 20
200 Back 3:48.83 7 100 Breast 1:39.58 17
50 Back 39.38 5 50 Breast 41.55 14
Strahota, Jeffrey R   M24 O'Reilly, Jennifer M   F25
50 Fly 30.09 5 200 Free 2:16.81 1
100 Back 1:11.86 3 100 Back 1:13.59 5
100 Fly 1:08.40 200 Back 2:41.29 4
100 Free 1:00.43 6 200 IM 2:39.41 2
50 Back 34.03 3 100 Free 1:02.18 2

UNAT Unattached Mixed 200 Medley Relay       2:38.70     13
Broussard, Kelli   F32 Manheim, Frank T   M74
400 IM 5:45.46 2 Constantino, Patricia S   F49
100 Back 1:15.70 3 Dilldine, Debbie L   F42
200 Back 2:41.72 1 Nakazawa, Muraji   M48
100 Fly 1:09.99 1
200 Fly 2:39.47 2 Mixed 200 Free Relay       2:10.12    10
O'Reilly, Jennifer M   F25
Nakazawa, Muraji   M48
Manheim, Frank T   M74
Dilldine, Debbie L   F42


 Humor and Quotes


Quote:
Quote:
I thought about making a fitness movie for folks my age, and calling it "Pumping Rust." -anonymous

humor
---From the Washington Post magazine, 8/22/04


 Meet News

Terrapins At Olympic Trials in San Diego

Jill Diana Jim
Jill Martin, Diana Corbin, Jim Nealis

Jill
Jill Martin

Bay

Great Chesapeake Bay Swim
June 13, 2004

Bob
Bob Williams - 1st place M60-64

Andrea
Andrea Haines, 1st F55-59

Ann
Ann Lyttle, 2nd F55-59

Meridith
Meredith Stakem 3rd F20-24

Virginia, Ron
Virginia Record and Ron Filler celebrate his 3rd place M60-64

cheryl
Cheryl Wagner 3rd F50-54

Fairfax County Masters Do Manhattan Island Swim

Fairfax Masters
Shannon Prendergast, Brian Ellis, Mike Grill, Andrew Geiszler, Steve Bauman, and Julie Oplinger after Manhattan Island Marathon Swim 7/3/04

Terrapin 800/1500 Meet July 11, 2004

Tracy, Debbie, Eric, Dave
Tracy Grilli, Debbie Morrin-Nordlund, Eric Nordlund, Dave Diehl

Tom, Cathy
Jeff Strahota, Dave Larson

Jeff, Dave
Tom Denes, Cathy Gainor

Curt, Emad, Jeff, Katie
Curt Reynolds, Emad Elshafei, Jeff Strahota, Katie Hennessey

DCRP Meet July 25, 2004

Max
Director, Max Kukoy

Meredith
Meredith Gardner consults with volunteer timer

Wendel, Morris, Boggs, St. John, Davey, Webber, Novitske, Masterson
Alexandria Masters: Wendel, Morris, Boggs, St. John, Davey, Webber, Novitske, Masterson

Reston Masters
Reston Masters

Bill, Curt
Bill Shipp, Curt Reynolds

Jenny, Kitty, Tracey
Jenny Morris, Kitty St. John, Tracey Scott

Emad, Andy
Emad Elshafei, Andy Ellis


Potomac River Swim 6/5/04
by Cheryl Wagner

Five-foot waves on the Potomac and 20 mph winds, on the morning of June 5 were our first clues that the Potomac swim may not go as planned. The Coast Guard and Skipjack (Dee of St. Mary's) which transport the kayaks and swimmers across the river to the start, called at 5AM to say they weren't coming and advised against having the swim. What to do with the 23 swimmers and 30+ kayakers who had gathered at the marina? Well, of course, swim somewhere else - namely 3 miles on Lake Conoy (protected area at Point Lookout). Undeterred by the wind and rain, the swimmers gamely completed the course with the assistance of the Chesapeake Paddlers who set up the course and directed the swimmers. At times the water was so shallow that the swimmers had to walk but they completed the "duathlon" without complaint. Times were kept, awards were distributed, and the environmental groups graciously had the picnic early.

Trish Lane took 1st place in the wetsuit division with a time of 1:18:34. James Kegley was 1st in the non-wetsuit category in 1:20:09. Other finishers from the local area include: Julie Peterson (5th) 1:28:20, Andrew Johnson (6th) 1:34:49, Julie Vianello (7th) 1:36:27, Beth Watson (9th) 1:38:40, Dan Dooher (Top fundraiser and 12th) 1:47:42, Ron Filler (15th) 1:52:23, Shelly Rae Obrecht (16th)1:57:37, Susan Wilkinson (17th) 2:00:27, Nick Olmos-Lau (17th - tie) 2:00:28, Larry Murphy (21st) 2:29:34, and Joe Stewart (22nd) 2:33:20. Complete results can be viewed at: www.crosslink.net/~cherylw/prs2004-results.htm

Next year's swim is scheduled for June 4, 2005.
Max, James
Max Kukoy goes for a swim while James Kegley tries out his kayak
ITU World Championships
by Al Navidi

The trip to the ITU World Championships in Madeira, Portugal started off on a bad note with the airport shuttle being 1 hour 15 min late and getting to Dulles a lot closer to my flight time than I was comfortable with. Once I saw the security line at the airport, my anxiety got even worse. But I made it with a few minutes to spare.

From Frankfurt to Lisbon, World Champion Dmitri Gaag sat in the row next to me, but I didn't learn who he was (since I had never met him in person) until I saw him in the hotel pool with "Gaag" written in the back of his swim suit, like all pros do !! Here went my opportunity for a photo or an autograph !!

This was the 6th trip for Team Iran Triathlon (comprised of me and my teammate Hamid Kazemi) to the Worlds after Cancun, Cleveland, Lausanne, Montreal and now Madeira, Portugal.

Expo: the race expo was very disappointing. Orca had an exclusive on the expo with ITU and there were no other companies present !! Plus, aside from overpriced sweatshirts (€60) and coolmax shirts (€45), all they had were wetsuits !! The only positive thing that came out of this was that I got to trade in my old Orca wetsuit for a new one at a reasonable price.

Madeira Island (Funchal): the island itself is absolutely beautiful with tall trees and colorful flowers. However, since Portugal joined the EU, it's no longer considered the cheapest country in Europe, especially with the $ not doing so hot vs. the €. In general prices were very comparable to the DC area.

Race Organization: the race organization was poor !! For instance, bike check-in time was supposed to be done at 12 noon the day before the race, but after waiting in line for 30 min, they asked us to come back at 1, since the race numbers had not been placed on the bike racks !! When we returned at 1, they delayed it again by 30 minutes and then started letting people in with lower numbers. At least we got to go for a swim in the ocean while they were trying to get things sorted out. Aside from the disastrous bike check-in, all waves, including pros were delayed from 45 minutes to 2 hours. Also, the interval between the waves was first set at 10 minutes, which they changed to 5 minutes, but when the actual race started, they changed again to 8 minutes !! Enough said !

Weather: in general the weather was great, not very humid and also on the cool side. Most days were partly sunny and in the 70s.

Parade of Nations: the Parade of Nations was simply awesome with everyone cheering for us, especially since we (Iran) are not used to this much positive attention being one of the 'axes of evil' !! It was also great to see some of the competitors from previous Worlds. We are always in front of Team Ireland (alphabetically after Iran), which is always a fun bunch.

Race day: The sky was overcast and the temperature was in the 60s-70s with very low humidity; perfect for a race.

Swim: the swim course was rectangular shaped in a clockwise direction. The water was cold and choppy with some current pushing us towards the beach. Must have been my bad luck (especially being a slow swimmer), since the day before, the water was like glass and we swam the entire course without a glitch! Anyhow I learned later that I did the 1500m swim in 36:29, which I guess was par for the course for me in these conditions.

T-1: for those of you wondering why it took me 4:14 to go through T-1, I have to say that we had to cover _ mile or so on foot between the water exit and the bike, a good portion of which was going up a very steep carpeted overpass!

Bike: The bike course was absolutely and by far the hilliest course I had ever seen or attempted to climb in my life !! Long and never ending hills with 19% grade were all over the place. I had never seen people walk their bikes up the hill, especially in a Championship race ! Imagine the steepest section of the Mormon Temple hill, only hillier and much loooonger. I managed to complete the first 3 miles averting only 8mph, often going fast enough just not to tip over. Hills were usually followed by a very steep descent (remember, what goes up must come down). In one of the descents, I took a quick glance at my computer and saw 54 mph !! My cycling shorts all of a sudden felt a lot heavier!!! I guess it helps being a Clydesdale on downhills ! I even passed the lead female Aussie who had passed me a short while prior to that. In general, this course did not have a flat section; it was either very steep hills or very steep descents. The course was, however, extremely scenic - especially since I had plenty of time to look around on the way up --with cliffs on one side and the ocean on the other and going through 6-8 tunnels, some 1/2 mile or so long. In the end, I averaged 13.5 mph for the entire course and covered it in 1:38, my slowest split ever for this distance (to give you a point of reference, I usually average around 23 mph at races like Eagleman and Sea Colony). The fastest split of the day ended being 1:04 and the course was only 36K (thank god!), instead of the usual 40K for Olympic distance tris. The bike course also involved several unfortunate crashes, sending the riders all of the pavement with all kinds of bruises and road rash !!

Run: We did 3 loops of the same flat and fast course. In general, the run was very uneventful. I completed the run in 45:03 (translating to a 7:15 pace). I finished the race with an overall time of 3:06:38, which again was my slowest Olympic Distance race ever !

Other notes: Unfortunately, my Polar HR Monitor swallowed some salt water before the race and bit the dust, which made it impossible for me to track my splits and HR. It would have been very interesting to view the downloaded bike course profile !

Post-Race Party: Now to the more important things, the post-race party ! The Aussies, which are simply party animals, invited us to a party at their hotel suite that evening, but we were so rowdy that we got kicked out of the hotel after an hour or so and resumed the party in the hotel bar until 2 am. If you thought Brazilians were party animals, think again, the Aussies put them to shame!

Other events: Team Iran also did something I bet most of you have never done. We had an amazing, but scary 2km sled ride (with no ice or wheels involved) on a downhill asphalt road, which appears to be a very touristy thing to do in Madeira. Even more amazing was the photo they took of us in the beginning of the ride, which was already printed in a frame and ready for us to buy for a mere €10 right after we got off the sled, less than 15 min later !!

I took several photos during my trip which are displayed at www.navidi.com/madeira2004.html for those interested.

Next year, Worlds will be in Honolulu, Hawaii the week before the Ironman, so hope to see everyone there. I know I'm going.



 Announcements

Next Potomac Valley LMSC Meeting 11/14/04
The third and final PVLMSC board meeting for 2004 will be held on November 14th prior to the JCCNV Lox and Bagels meet at 10:30AM.


Clay Britt Swim Clinics: Oct 23 & Nov 13
Upcoming Clinics in 2004: Oct 23 & Nov 13 at the Lab School in DC. (2005 dates include Jan 22, Feb 12, Mar 12, Apr 16, May 14, and Jun 18.)

For more information contact Clay H 301-320-4694, email clay@claybrittswimming.com or visit www.claybrittswimming.com.


Awards Chair Needed
If you are interested in serving as Potomac Valley Awards Chair contact Eric Nordlund at ericswims@yahoo.com .


Chesapeake Bay Foundation: Tip of the Month
Save the Bay Tip of the Month: Drive Less for Clean Air and a Clean Bay!

Nitrogen pollution from vehicle tailpipes washes into the Bay and contributes to algae blooms that cloud the water and absorb oxygen, creating 'dead zones" and keeping the Bay on the EPA's list of impaired waters. So the next time you need to make a short trip, try biking or walking. The less you drive, the better our air and the Bay will be!
www.cbf.org.


Alexandria Masters Swimming Fall Schedule
Alexandria Masters Swimming announces its fall-winter workout schedule:

  • Mt Vernon Rec Center - Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 6:00-7:00 am.
  • George Washington Rec Center - Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, 7:30-8:30 pm.
  • Lee District Rec Center - Saturday, 8:00-9:00 am.
Team members and USMS-registered swimmers are invited to join us starting September 13. More information and directions to the pools can be found at www.AlexandriaMasters.com.


30 Minute Postal Swim
The 2004 30-Minute Fitness Swim Challenge is sponsored by the USMS Fitness Committee and is presented by O*H*I*O Masters Swim Club. You can take the challenge anytime in 2004 in any pool 20 yards or longer. For more information, contact Tom Spence at talltom13@msn.com or click on: www.usms.org/fitness.


Winter Ideas for Multisport Athletes
by Kenton Pattie
703 280 4622

While the last triathlons in our area have come and gone, there are still some in states to our south where the triathlon season continues. The US Triathlon Association (http://USAT.org ) maintains a list of all sanctioned events such as the Duke Blue Devil iron distance October 16 in Raleigh, NC (http://dukebluedevil.org). The organization which stages the Duke Blue Devil is Set-Up, Inc. (http://set-upinc.org) which offers various multisport events in the Carolinas. Another organization to contact is CFT Sommer Sports, Clermont, FL (http://greatfloridian.com) which among other warm weather events sponsors the popular Great Floridian iron distance event in Florida October 23, 2004.

In November, 2004 you could compete in Half Ironman Mexico (1.9K swim, 90k bike, 21k run) in Huatulco and the nine bays of Oaxaca (http://halfironmanmexico.com.mx).

Or, maybe the Treasure Island Triathlon November 6-7 San Francisco, California (http://tricalifornia.com ). The Treasure Island Triathlon is one of the official destinations of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Team In Training program (http://teamintraining.org).

But say you want to keep up your training with an early Spring 2005 event goal. How about a vacation trip south to where you can spend one morning competing and the rest of the week snorkeling and exploring tropical islands?

Bay Islands Triathlon Honduras is Saturday, March 5th, 2005 at 7:30 AM (www.bayislandstriathlon.com). In 2004 22 countries were represented in this International Triathlon Union (ITU) sanctioned triathlon. While most participants are amateur athletes seeking to get their season started early, in 2004 pro athletes came as far away as Tokyo and New Zealand. Most of the pro athletes who attained points at this event in 2004 represented their countries in the 2004 Summer Olympics. The race is small (300 athletes), international distance, and challenging.

"The Bay Islands swim is spectacular with crystal clear waters over coral gardens that can almost be touched at times. The bike is truly the most challenging part, but the most fun with 3 significant hills of 18, 19 and 20% grades. They are steep, but not very long except for the first hill just off the first transition. The run was made easier this year, and runs over paved and grassy and dirt paths overseeing the water," writes Leslie Poujol Brown (Aug 9, 04 e-mail).

Or how about in the spring the Florida Half Ironman at Walt Disney World in May 2005? This event which will be in its second year in 2005, offers 30 qualifying spots for the 2005 Ironman World Championship, Kona, Hawaii. But, it also offers 1,970 athletes a May goal race with great summer-like weather.

Spring also offers the CaliforniaMan ironlength and the CaliforniaMan Half Triathlon by J and A Productions in Folsom CA May 2005 (japroductions.com).

Yet another approach to the winter is to attend clinics and training sessions which could improve your triathlon, open water swimming and long distance cycling skills. For example, I have attended triathlete camps by http://Multi-Sport.Com in Encinitas California and have learned much from the pros and from other serious adult athletes. There are others who offer training camps during the winter including John Howard (http://johnhowardschool.com), former US Olympic cyclist, who is an excellent teacher for all levels and puts on a first class winter camp in California. Or, you could stay at home, clean your bike chain, wash your wetsuit, and watch reruns of the 2004 Tour D'France.

(In 2004 Kenton Pattie was on the USA team to the ITU Long Distance Triathlon World Championships in Sater Sweden. In 2005 this event will be held in Fredericia, Denmark August 6-7 (www.fretri.dk). Fredericia was the site of the 2003 European Championships. If you are interested in Kenton's report on the 2004 ITU World's, e-mail KentonP1@aol.com)


Skipjack Dee of St. Mary's Skipjack
The Dee of St. Mary's, an environmental and educational Skipjack, is available for hire for wedding receptions, dinner sails, and other events. See their fall classes, tours, and schedule of events at: www.thebaylab.org


Patapsco River Swim/Wade-in with Joe Stewart
reprinted from the Patapsco Riverkeeper©

On Sunday, May 23, Joe Stewart, activist-extraordinaire for both the Patapsco Riverkeeper and the Patapsco/Back River Tributary Strategy Team, successfully completed his third annual swim across the mouth of the Patapsco River, raising thousands of dollars for the Patapsco's grass-roots watershed organizations. Coinciding with Joe's swim, Patapsco Riverkeeper and the Patapsco Trib Team hosted the Patapsco's first "wade-in" and "teach-in" on the river's water quality. Proving the bipartisan breadth of support for the Patapsco's renaissance, both Democratic Congressman Ben Cardin and Republican Congressman Wayne Gilchrest addressed the record crowd on the beach.
Patapsco
Wade-in photo (Joe Stewart in bathing suit)
Joe swam from North Point State Park to Venice on the Bay, accomplishing the 4.4 mile crossing against stiff south-west winds in 3 and a half hours. Joe was accompanied by 3 kayakers from the Chesapeake Paddlers Association, a member of the Chesapeake Boston Whaler Club, a Baltimore County police boat, and a Coast Guard Auxiliary patrol boat. Citizens from Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll and Howard Counties and Baltimore City (which make up the Patapsco watershed) were present and engaged in the day's activities, including the beach clean-up and wade-in.

While Joe was swimming the river, water quality tests were performed along his swim route and secchi disk readings were called in from across the watershed. Waiting on the beach to welcome Joe and hear the results of this year's tests was a record crowd of more than 50 river enthusiasts. In addition to Congressmen Gilchrest and Cardin, Joe's supporters included: Rebecca Hanmer, the Director of the EPA's Chesapeake Bay Program, State Senator Philip Jimeno, State Delegate Joan Cadden, Anne Arundel County Councilman Ronald Dillon and Anne Arundel County Sheriff, George Johnson. Assistant Department of Natural Resources' Secretary Mark Bundy deputized for both Governor Robert Ehrlich and DNR Secretary Ron Franks, Catherine Tyzak represented US Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger, and Chief of Staff Alvin Collins was on hand to speak for Anne Arundel County Executive Janet Owens.

Other VIPs on hand were Superintendent of Fort McHenry National Park Greg McGuire; North Point State Park Manager Charles Simmons; Patapsco Riverkeeper Board Chair Mark Wilson, and Patapsco Riverkeeper Lee Walker Oxenham; Paul Farragut, President of the Friends of the Patapsco Valley State Park; Rebecca Kohlberg, North County Land Trust; the Baltimore Sun's Bay columnist Tom Horton, and Fran Flanigan, Patapsco/Back River Tributary Strategy Team chair along with numerous members of the Trib Team. Representatives of all the watershed organizations who will be sharing the donated funds - the Curtis /Marley/ Furnace Creeks Watershed Association, the Herring Run Watershed Association, the Jones Falls Watershed Association, the Gwynns Falls Watershed Association, the Baltimore Harbor Watershed Association, and the Baltimore Sanitary Sewer Oversight Coalition - also participated in the event.

The day's highlight was the Patapsco River's first official wade-in. Volunteers waded out as far as they could go into the river until they could no longer see their white sneakers. Noted Chesapeake Bay activist Bernie Fowler originated this low-tech water quality test as a way to measure sediment and nutrient pollution loads and as a way of comparing current river conditions with those of his youth when he could wade out into the Patuxent River and still see his sneakers when he was neck deep. The Patapsco's waders managed to still see their shoes when most had just passed their knees - a depth of approximately 22 inches.

Congressmen Ben Cardin and Wayne Gilchrest addressed the crowd, praising the outstanding work of Joe Stewart, PaRk and PBRTST, the river enthusiasts present, and all the watershed organizations engaged in restoring and protecting the river and its resources. The day's "teach-in" included presentations on Maryland's new Tributary Strategies from Trib Team chair, Fran Flanigan; the array of water quality challenges confronting the River and its associated ecosystems from the Patapsco Riverkeeper, Lee Walker Oxenham; and a comprehensive "snap-shot" of turbidity results from secchi disk tests around the Patapsco River basin and its tributaries, by Trib Team member and 2003 Watershed Hero Stuart Stainman.


Notes from the Registrar
By Jeff Roddin

Registration Notes:

  • The year 2004 has brought two new clubs to the Potomac Valley LMSC: Marymount Masters (MMST) and Carson Aquatics Swim Club (CASC). The contacts for these clubs are listed on the PV website. On behalf of the Potomac Valley LMSC, welcome to our organization!
  • f 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, jroddin@pvmasters.org) and let me know which registered PV swimmers wish to be "unsubscribed."
  • Replacement USMS cards cost $5.00.
  • Tidbit: your USMS number is printed on your SWIM address label.

PVLMSC Meeting attendance policy reminder:
The following clubs have not yet attended a PVLMSC Board meeting and face a doubling of their team dues if not represented at the final board meeting: Arlington Ageless, Carson Aquatics*, Curl-Burke, DCRP, Fairfax Area Aquatic Team, Howard University, Marymount Masters*, Masters Aquatics at Spring Hill, National Naval Medical Center, Northern VA JCC, Reston Masters, Riptide Masters and Rockville Masters (* these two clubs registered after our first board meeting and are therefore exempt from the attendance by-law this year but are strongly encouraged to attend and express their opinions). The third and final board meeting of 2004 will be November 14th at the Northern VA JCC (prior to the Lox & Bagels meet). Since we are a non-profit organization we would appreciate your participation much more than penalty fee revenue.

Address Changes:
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 is 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, roddin@pvmasters.org) WITH ANY ADDRESS CHANGES.


Unofficial PVLMSC Board Meeting Minutes - July 11
Submitted by Debbie Morrin-Nordlund

Reports:
Sanctions -

  • Reviewed evaluators for upcoming meets and past swim sanctions.
  • Awaiting final results of OEVT registration issues for Reston.
Registrar -
  • 1648 swimmers registered as of June 30 (slightly less than last year).
  • OEVT for Reston Lake swim did not run smoothly. Forms and payments not yet received from on-line registrants. Discussion followed on whether to allow future OEVTs - will wait on final report and see if requested in future.
  • Compensation of PV Registrar discussed. MSA to raise compensation of PV Registrar to $2.50 per swimmer.
Top Ten -
  • SCY times submitted.
  • Reminder that pools certified under the old rules (3 lanes measured) may need to be recertified.
Treasurer -
  • Accounts are holding steady.
  • Contract with GMU signed for the PV LCM meet on August 29.
Secretary -
nothing to report

Newsletter -
  • Deadline for next newsletter is August 15
Awards -
  • PV 2003 swimmer of the year awards will be presented at DCRP LCM meet.
Officials -
  • A USMS Officials newsletter will be produced 3 times a year.
Old Business:
  • USMS Convention Delegates - PV delegates for the 2004 convention Eric Nordlund, Ray Novitske, Myriam Pero, Jeff Roddin, Ann Svanson. Dave Diehl, Lynn Hazlewood and Debbie Morrin-Nordlund attending as well in other capacities.
  • PV Last Chance Meet - Myriam Pero will be handling the awards (ribbons for 1st - 3rd with PV logo). Ray Novitske is working on t-shirt design. Tim Timmons will approach GMU and Maco USA swim team regarding working as timers.
  • Coach Training - Tom Denes will contact Coaches Chair Dave Diehl regarding possibility of reimbursing PV USMS coaches for training
New Business:
  • Annandale Masters considering offering a postal swim.
Next meeting: Nov 14 prior to the JCCNV meet.


Swimmer Goes the Distance Without a Wetsuit
By Cari Shane Parven from the Washington Post, June 9, 2004

Nick Olmos-Lau loves to show off his potbelly. It's quite a surprising attribute for the 58-year-old doctor, considering his addiction. Olmos-Lau is a swimmer. Actually, he's more than a swimmer. He's a man who finds peace in cutting through the waves of the ocean and in the windmill motion of his arms propelling him through the water.

Over the past four years, Olmos-Lau has crossed the English Channel, swimming more than 30 miles, and the 21-mile Catalina Channel off the coast of California. He also swam the 28-mile Manhattan Island Sound three times. Each time, he wasn't wearing a wet suit.

In August, he'll be one of 15 international swimmers to compete in an invitation-only 21-mile swim across the Long Island Sound. At the last minute, he decided to forego this weekend's 4.4-mile Great Chesapeake Bay Swim to focus on longer-distance swimming. "Why does anyone do any kind of ultra-endurance athletics?" Olmos-Lau said. "Because of the challenge. Long-distance swimmers are a different breed of athlete."

Though Olmos-Lau racks up 40 miles per week swimming at the Montgomery Aquatic Center in Bethesda, Hains Point in the District and the Chesapeake Bay near Annapolis, he doesn't have the six-pack abs expected from a swimmer (think Olympic hopeful Michael Phelps). But Olmos-Lau, of Washington, is okay with his round belly. He says the extra weight keeps him warm when he hits the cold, open water. He has hit a lot of it.

Olmos-Lau, who came to the United States from Mexico in 1969 as a medical intern, decided to give up the safety of a chlorinated lap pool for the aquatic jungle of oceans, rivers and lakes purely by accident. In 1997, he was helping a friend train for a 12-mile swim in the Florida Keys when the friend got sick; Olmos-Lau swam it for him. "It was a great sensation of achievement. I swam with world-class swimmers, and I was right there up with them," he said. "I felt like I could do this."

Though busy with a neurology practice in the District, during the winter of 1998 Olmos-Lau started preparing his body for cold, no-wet-suit swims. "I soaked in ice-filled bathtubs for 20 minutes every day and took ice-cold showers to get my body acclimated," he said.

With ice baths and 40 pounds added for insulation, he was ready the next summer for the Potomac River Swim and a 12.5-mile swim from Quebec to Vermont in icy Lake Menphremagog.

His wife, Nancy Thomas, "made him promise he wouldn't do the English Channel." But he found other swims to challenge his body and his mind. "In open water your mind is in a super-alert state," Olmos-Lau said. "It is strange for your body to be out there. You are always trying to concentrate. Is there a boat near you, is there a creature behind you?"

In the summer of 1999, the "creature behind him" was the decaying docks of Manhattan Island. "There are no dead people, no mattresses, no nothing; but you need to swim in between a boat and a kayak to protect you from pieces of wood and nails," Olmos-Lau said. He came in second in his age group at 7 hours 38 minutes and would go on to swim around Manhattan Island two more times (in 2000 and 2001).

That same summer, Olmos-Lau also swam a 15-mile course around Wye Island near St. Michaels on Maryland's Eastern Shore as well as a nocturnal swim in Catalina Channel. Though the stormy, moonless night was scary for Olmos-Lau, he finished the 21-mile swim in 12 1/2 hours. "After Catalina," his wife recalled, "I told him, 'If you could do this, you might as well go for the glory [of the English Channel].' We figured, how much worse could it be?"

So in August 2000, Olmos-Lau and his wife traveled to England for the biggest challenge of his swimming career. As of 2002, 7,000 people had attempted to cross the English Channel, but only 630 have crossed it 900 times over the past 125 years, according to statistics about the swim.

Olmos-Lau hired a pilot (or captain) and boat, a mate and a judge for his 21-mile swim from Dover, England, to Cap Gris-Nez, France. Despite careful planning, poor weather forced him to wait nearly four weeks. The sun came out during a spring tide, and Olmos-Lau, not understanding the complexities of the tides, decided to make his first try.

It was the wrong decision. Like a dam break, the spring tide brought 18 feet of water rushing into the Channel, pushing him 15 miles off course. Olmos-Lau had already been in the water for nine hours, and, only two-thirds of the way across, he knew he'd have to swim through the night. "I told my wife, 'I'm finished,' and right there sitting in the boat, she signed me up for the next year."

He was back in the English Channel the next summer. But after one hour in the water, Olmos-Lau was overcome by severe vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal pain. He quit before it turned dangerous. Still, he would not be deterred. He stayed in England and continued to train. Two weeks later, in July 2001, he received a phone call from his pilot about a no-show swimmer. The boat was available the next day if Olmos-Lau wanted to try again.

"What they told me is to go from one feeding to the next, every half hour," Olmos-Lau said. During each feeding, he was given a cup of tea, sugar and complex carbohydrate powder from a long pole. If Olmos-Lau touched anything other than the pole and cup, he would be disqualified by the judge who was on the boat.

In between the feedings, he concentrated on his stroke and the water around him. "There were tremendous boats, so big and massive. They came so close that they had to put the boat in between me and the [ships'] wakes, which can actually snap your back." In addition, he had to make sure not to ingest the salty water polluted with oil and other contaminants.

Halfway across the channel, a videotape shows Olmos-Lau's spinning arms and sputtering legs suddenly freeze. "I saw a sea of jellyfish the size of umbrellas. They were at the bottom of the ocean, about 15 feet down. I just kept saying to myself, 'Stay down, stay down." With hundreds of tentacles swaying under him, he knew he would be killed if they rose to the surface.

For Olmos-Lau, the 21-mile swim turned into a 30.5-mile journey because of the tides; "not bad," he says, considering the average channel swimmer puts in 30 to 40 miles before hitting the beach in France. "The last hour and a half was really nerve-wracking," he said. "The tide was pulling me out instead of in." In a show of solidarity, his daughter, Lisa, jumped in the water and swam the rest of the way with him. When Olmos-Lau climbed onto the beach in Cap Gris-Nez, he had completed the swim in 13 hours 41 minutes. He plans to make the crossing again in 12 years, when he's 70.



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All Star Aquatics Announces New Schedule
All Star Aquatics is announcing a new Masters swim schedule for the 2004-2005 season.

Bolger Fitness Center (located on the 83 acre US Postal Campus) 9600 Newbridge Drive (and Democracy) Potomac, Md 20854
1.5 miles west of Montgomery Mall
September 13 to May 27
M/W/F 5:00-6:00am

and
Stone Ridge School 9101 Rockville Pike@Cedar Lane, Bethesda, MD. 20814
January 3 to May 27
M/W/F 5:00-6:30am
T/Th 5:30-7:00pm
Sundays 9:00-10:30 am

For more information regarding registration and fees see our web site www.allstaraquatics.com or email: info@allstaraquatics.com

All Star Aquatics
4900 Auburn Ave. Suite 203
Bethesda, MD. 20814
Phone: 301.657.8421 or
301.309.1264


Montgomery Ancient Mariners Fall Schedule
The Montgomery Ancient Mariners will begin the first of three 16 week
sessions on September 12. Practices will be held at:
Montgomery Aquatic Center, N. Bethesda
MLK Swim Center, White Oak
Olney Swim Center
See www.ancientmariners.org or contact Tom Denes at waterprfch@aol.com for more information.


Terrapin Masters Fall Schedule
Practices are held in a world-class facility at UM Campus Rec. Pay by the practice (punch-card). Fall schedule for Terrapin Masters:
Mon, Wed, Thu 6:30PM - 8:00PM
Tue, Thu 6:15AM - 7:45AM
Sat 8:15AM - 9:45AM
www.crosslink.net/~cherylw


DC Masters/Chinquapin - Lunch Hour Practices
DC Masters/Chinquapin in Alexandria has commenced lunch hour practices on Tuesdays/Thursdays from 12Noon to 1:15PM
Pete Sczupak 703-823-SWIM

Bike Shop College Park Bike Shop Discount
10% off all bike accessories!
Free Pre-Race Bike Safety Check
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Waterproof Coach available on Amazon.Com
Waterproof Coach


Superior Auto Care Welcomes Masters Swimmers

Auto Care
North Gambrills, MD (near Bowie)
(410) 923-7755
www.superiorautocarellc.net
$16.95 oil change
Free roadtrip auto check.

Joe Stewart "Photo Card" Party, Wade-In & Exhibit

  • On Sunday, November 7, 2004 1-5PM Joe Stewart will host his fourth photo card party to benefit urban watershed associations. Contact Joe Stewart, 3212 Avon Ave. Baltimore MD 21218 (410) 243-4418 or (410) 767-1354 Jstewart@dat.state.md.us for party directions.
  • On May 22, 2005, Joe will swim across the mouth of the Patapsco River for the fourth time. This benefit swim will be from Venice on the Bay to North Point State Park, where the Patapsco/Back River Tributary Team will sponsor a Wade-In and Picnic at what used to be called "Bay Shore Park". For more information contact Joe Stewart.
  • An exhibit of Joe's Patapsco photos is traveling around the watershed highlighting the waterway's natural beauty. A poster with 16 of these Patapsco images is being given free to exhibit-goers. The exhibit is now at Dundalk Renaissance Corporation's storefront space in historic Dundalk Village Shopping Center.


Multi-Sport Directory
My partners and I have created the U.S. Multisport Directory. We are sending out 2005 media kits and would love to get one to you. Please send your address if you would like to get one of our kits. It is a pretty cool directory with race listings across the nation.
Hubie Krawczyk www.usmultisportpub.com


Patuxent Adventure Center - Kayaking/Bike Events
Upcoming Events:

  • Oct 2 St. Mary's College Amish 100 bicycle tour.
  • Oct 16 Solomons MD & Southern Caltert County 100K Kayak/Bike/Run (10K kayak, 80K bike and a 10K run)
  • Sep 19 Basic Kayak I & II classes
  • Guided Kayak Tours
Patuxent Adventure Center
PAA
Patuxent Adventure Center, which sponsors the Potomac River Swim is offering a 10% discount on Quintanaroo wetsuits with this ad.
(Also available: kayak and bike rentals)

Visit them at: www.paxadventure.com


Swimming Hotel/Package in Riccione, Italy
We are a new Group of Hotels born in concomitence with the 2004 Masters that took place in Riccione, and we offer special packages customized for the swimmers (especially Masters) to help them enjoy our beautiful Hotels and the swimming structures in Riccione which includes a newly built 50 meters indoor pool and 25 meters warm up pool. It is absolutely in the vanguard in Italy and Europe, with the unique beaches, the gastronomy and the places full of history that Italy has to offer. It is a unique package that puts together most of the aspects of a holiday with the benefits of a swimming camp. web site www.riccioneswimhotels.com.

HOTEL ATILIUS
Via Boito,3
47838- Riccione(RN)
Tel:0039 541 647624
Fax:0039 541 640796
Homepage: /www.atilius.com
E-mail: atilius@atilius.com


Hotel Discount for St. Croix Swim Oct 24, 2004
Cormorant Beach Club & Hotel is offering discounts for swimmers coming as a group to St. Croix for the open water swim on Oct 24.

Information:
David McMurry,
4126 La Grande Princesse, St. Croix, U.S.V.I.
00820-4441
Tel 340.778.8920
Fax 340.778.9218
E Mail david@cormorantbeachclub.com"


Olympic Speedlite Caps
Did you ever wonder about those new caps worn at the Olympics that looked like WWI pilot's caps? They're sold by Speedo. Here's their ad:
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available at www.speedousa.com for $70


Voices of the Bay Radio Program
The Sunday Brunch on 103.1 WRNR-FM features Voices of the Chesapeake Bay. Rated: "Best of Baltimore" 1997-99-00-03 and 2002 Maryland Governors Citation. www.VoicesoftheChesapeakeBay.org
www.wrnr.com

Info: Michael Buckley - Waveland Studio (410) 956-1308 VoicesoftheBay@aol.com



 Photo Credits

all photos - by Cheryl Wagner except:
Eric Nordlund - Debbie Morrin-Nordlund
Christy Garth-Blazer - UM sports website
Mark Murray http://umterps.collegesports.com/
Olympic Trials - Diana Corbin
MIMS - Fairfax County Masters
Alexenadraia Masters at DCRP - Alexandria Masters
Dee of St. Mary's - thebaylab.org
Wade-in - Joe Stewart



 Events Calendar


swimmer



      2004/2005 Pool Calendar

Oct 23, Nov 13
Clay Britt Swim Clinics - Washington DC clay@claybrittswimming.comwww.claybrittswimming.com

Nov 20-21
Virginia Masters 24th Annual Fall Invitational Fort Eustis Aquatic Center, Newport News, VA SCY Info: Charles Cockrell, 757-865-6250, cockrells@usms.org Web: www.pvmasters.org/entry/vmst1104.pdf Oct 31: GMUP Sprint Classic at GMU in Fairfax, VA (pdf)

Nov 14
JCCN 8th Annual Lox and Bagels meet in Fairfax, VA www.pvmasters.org

Nov 12-14
Pan Pacific Masters Games - The Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia (LCM) Queensland Masters Swimming, +61 7 3976 2822, qms@thehub.com.au www.aussimastersqld.com.au

Dec 5
Terrapin 1000/1650 Meet (SCY) UM Campus Rec, College Park, MD Info: Dave Diehl ddiehl@umd.edu Web: www.crosslink.net/~cherylw

Dec 31
Terrapin Swim in the New Year 2005 UM Campus Rec, College Park, MD Info: Cheryl Wagner cherylw@crosslink.net Web: www.crosslink.net/~cherylw

Apr 21-23, 2005
2005 Masters YMCA Nationals; Indianapolis, INwww.ymcaswimminganddiving.org

May 22, 2005
2005 USMS Short Course Nationals - Ft. Lauderdale, FL Info: Stu Marvin 954-828-4580, smarvin@fortlauderdale.gov

Jul 22, 2005
World Masters Games - Edmonton, Alberta, Canada SCM; www.2005worldmasters.com

Aug 10-14, 2005
USMS Long Course National Championships - Mission Viejo, CA LCM; Mark Moore, 949-233-6521, m.w.moore@cox.net; www.mastersmvnswim.org



      2004/2005 Long Distance/Open Water Calendar

Sep 18, 2004
Little Red Lighthouse Swim - 7.8 miles Hudson River New York, NY www.nycswim.org

Sep 18, 2004
Hudson River 2.8 Mile Swim - New York, NY (makeup swim) www.nycswim.org

Sep 18, 2004
Wildwood Bay Swim, Wildwood NJ www.pressofatlanticcity.com/listings/pages/swim.html

Sep 25, 2004
Sunfest 1K, 3K, 5K Swim - Ocean City, MD. Info: SunfestSwimming@comcast.net www.sunfestswimming.org

May 15-Sep 30
USMS 5 & 10K Postal Championship www.usms.org/longdist/ldnats04/5k10kentry.pdf

Sep 1-Oct 31
USMS 3000/6000 Yard Postal Championship www.usms.org/longdist/ldnats04/3k6kentry.pdf

Oct 24, 2004
St. Croix 5 mile Coral Reef Swim St. Croix, VI www.randynutt.com

Nov 6, 2004
Bonaire EcoSwim 10K, 5K or Metric Mile, Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles www.randynutt.com/bainfo04.html

May 29, 2005
Jim McDonnell 1 & 2 Mil Lake Swims - Lake Audubon, Reston, VA www.restonmasters.org

Jun 4, 2005
Potomac River 7.5 Mile Swim - Point Lookout State Park, M www.crosslink.net/~cherylw/pr2005i.htm

Jun 12, 2005
The Great Chesapeake Bay 4.4 Mile Swim & 1 Mile Challenge Baltimore, MD; Lin-Mark Computer Sports, 7 Westwood Dr, Mantua, NJ 08051, 856-468-0010, lin-mark@lin-mark.com ; www.lin-mark.com

Jun 18, 2005
Maryland Swim for Life - Chestertown, MD OW; Dawson Nash 202-686-2150, swimmerdn4321@aol.com ; Benefit swim for people living with HIV/AIDS and The Chester River Association; www.swimdcac.org



      2004 Local Multisport Calendar

Sep 11
Noell Maerz Patriot Triathlon - Doylestown, PA www.lin-mark.com

Sep 12
Reston Triathlon, 1 mi S, 22.5 mi B, 10K R, Reston, VA, www.restontriathlon.org

Sep 12
Delaware Diamondman Triathlon Lums Pond State Park, Bear, DE USAT Sanctioned & Officiated Triathlon www.piranha-sports.com

Sep 18
Dewey Beach Sprint Triathlon Dewey Beach, DE www.usat-ma.org/usatrical2004.htm

Sep 18
Bike DC 32 mile bike ride in Washington DC www.waba.org

Sep 19
18th Annaul SKYLANDS TRIATHLON & DUATHLON Spruce Run State Park, Clinton, NJ Tri: .50 Swim - 14.1 Mi.Bike - 5K Run Du: 5K Run - 14.1 Mi.Bike - 5K Run www.lin-mark.com

Sep 24
Beachcomber Sun/Fun Run 40th Street and Beach Ocean City, MD 5k (3.1 mile) one-way run beside the Atlantic Ocean to the heart of fabulous Sunfest. Awards - Registration fee. Friday 4:00 p.m. - Contact Harvey Evans at 410-749-7467 or visit www.openwaterswimsocmd.org for more information.

Sep 25
Make-A-Wish Sea Colony Triathlon, Bethany Beach DE 1.5K S, 36K B, 10K R , www.wish.org/midatlantic/calendar.html

Sep 25
GRANITE LEDGES TRIATHLON Wellington State Park, NH www.lin-mark.com

Sep 25
Odyssey Half IRON Triathlon, Lake Anna State Park, Spotsylvania, VA www.active.com

Sep 25
Outback Big Lick Triathlon, 1.5K S, 40K B, 10K R, Location: Smith Mountain, VA, www.set-upinc.com

Oct 26
Sandman Triathlon, 1K S, 14 mi B, 5K R, Location: Virginia Beach, VA, www.neptunefestival.com/events.htm

Oct 2
Amish 100 bicycle tour St. Mary's College, St. Mary's MD www.paxadventure.com

Oct 3
3rd Annual Health Unlimited Triathlon Challenge and Kids Sprint Triathlon, Mt. Airy, MD www.active.com

Oct 3
To the Point Triathlon/Duathlon St Mary's MD www.triath.com

Oct 9
Seagull Century Bike Ride; Salisbury MD 100 mile or 100 km bike ride. www.seagullcentury.org

Oct 9
Chesapeake Man Ironman Cambridge, Maryland Swim 2.4 miles, Bike 112 miles, Run 26.2 miles Location: Great Marsh Park, Cambridge, MD Register On-Line at: www.tricolumbia.org

Oct 8-10
Odyssey Double & Triple IRON Triathon, Lake Anna State Park, Spotsylvania, VA www.active.com

Oct 10
Cape Henlopen Triathlon/Duathlon Cape Henlopen State Park, DE www.piranha-sports.com

Oct 16
100K Kayak/Bike/Run Solomons MD & Southern Calvert County MD(10K kayak, 80K bike and a 10K run) www.paxadventure.com

Oct 24
Greeting of the Geese Duathlon Upper Marlboro, MD www.triath.com

Nov 7
Rosaryville MTB Duathlon Upper Marlboro, MD www.triath.com

Nov 13
Her Triathlon Clinic Manassas, VA www.active.com

Nov 15
Beast of the East Adventure Race Blue Ridge Mountains www.usat-ma.org/usatrical2004.htm

Visit:
www.active.com
www.cooltri.com
www.envirosports.com
www.insidetri.com/calendar
www.lin-mark.com
www.oarevents.com
www.paadventureracing.com
www.set-upinc.com
www.triath.com
www.triathlete.com
www.tricolumbia.org
for details and more events.