Caps (and Goggles) off to Coach!

If you are Masters swimmer, you know there are a lot of swim meets during the winter months that you can choose (or not) to participate in. In our area, we have a series of meets that start in November and go through March. One a month. Our coach, Sue, usually trains our group in such a way that those who wish to compete in the meets are prepared to do so. That means interval speed training, starts off the blocks, IM sets (or stroke sets- doing something other than Freestyle), and general attention to technique. Meanwhile, back at the U.S. Masters national level, there is a competition called the 1 Hour Postal Meet. It involves swimming as much as possible in one hour without stopping. A friend or teammate keeps track of your distance and splits (time it takes you to swim each 50 yds/meters) and you mail the results to the sponsoring team. They tabulate the results and send out t-shirts, if you order one. This challenge runs from the 1st-31st of January every year. So, we don't often get to do much in the area of long swims to prepare for the Postal, because we are stroking it out and doing shorter distances to prep for meets. This year, thanks to Sue and the wonderful management at our pool (The Swim Center), we are being given the opportunity to train for the hour swim for the next three Fridays. Woohoo! I have been wanting to test the limits of, wait. Strike that. I have been wanting to explore the outer reaches of my endurance for a while now. These extended practices will allow me to do just that. I am so excited! Wish me luck! Tomorrow is the first day. Unfortunately, the weather forecast is not looking too good for the morning. They are calling for a “wintery mix,” which means some snow, some sleet, some freezing rain, or not. Hopefully, not. I really hope Masters won't be cancelled. @mastersswimming @hocoblogs



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