Monday, June 29, 2009

Nantasket Beach Day!

What a great day we had out on the water this past Saturday morning! Thanks again to Jenny for providing an enlightening and fun clinic! What...a...beautiful...Day...

Check out this video:

Photos from Nantasket!

Monday, June 22, 2009

Fantastic Nantasket!

Reminder: the TeamEnVision/BCMasters open water swim at "Fantastic Nantasket" is this Saturday, June 27th, from 9am - 11am. This is a great location for your first ocean swim, a tune up, or a good workout. The water is clean and calm, the bottom sandy as far as you can walk. There are buoys parallel to shore and a lifeguard crew - plus, there will be personalized KAYAK SUPPORT provided by Pieter!

If you pan on attending, please RSVP to Jenny prior to Saturday.

If you need a ride or can offer a ride, please also let her know. Directions below - only ~45 min away.

Everyone is welcome: friends, other triathletes or swimmers, significant others - participants must be able to swim unassisted.

What to Bring:
- swim suit
- brightly colored cap
- goggles
- wetsuit highly recommended
- other: towel, sunscreen, eye drops, ear drops, body glide, snacks

Directions to Nantasket Beach Reservation, MA
1. Take I-93 S toward Quincy
2. Take exit 12 toward MA-3A/Quincy (0.2 mi)
3. Merge onto Gallivan Blvd/MA-203 (0.1 mi)
4. Turn right at Neponset Ave to continue on MA-3A (2.4 mi)
5. Turn left at Merrymount Pkwy to continue on MA-3A (1.9 mi)
6. Turn left at Washington St to continue on MA-3A (0.5 mi)
7. At the traffic circle, take the 2nd exit to stay on MA-3A/Washington St
8. Continue to follow MA-3A (5.0 mi)
9. At the next traffic circle, take the 3rd exit onto Summer St (0.5 mi)
10. Continue on Rockland St (0.1 mi)
11. Continue on George Washington Blvd (1.7 mi)
12. Slight right at Hull Shore Dr, then stay to the right to stay on Hull Shore Dr/Franklin St
13. Find parking along the streets or pay a small fee ($3) to park in the lots on the left side of the street.
14. Just as Beach Ave takes off to the right, and before the T at Phipps Rd, there is a brick state park / restroom building on the right (beach side). We meet at that building, near the outdoor showers.

Wonderful Weekly Wednesday open Water swim...

I just wanted to make it official: we will now be meeting every Wednesday morning at Farm Pond for some open water swimming throughout the summer. We start swimming promptly at 6:30am, so be sure to come a little early to gear up if you want to join us! Hope to see you there!

(see below/previous posts for more details...)

Farm Pond

Just in case you're wondering (like me) what the folks are experiencing out at Farm Pond during the wee hours of the morning... take a look at John's photos below. This almost makes me want to set my alarm next time!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

More Open Water Swimming

Hi BC Masters!

More Open Water opportunities to share with all of you. Tomorrow, Wednesday 6/17, we will again head over to Farm Pond in Sherborne for a morning swim. We will meet on the beachfront to be in the water at 6:30 AM sharp. If you are perpetually late (like me) then aim to arrive at about 6:15 and you should be all set. It looks like tomorrow will be a beautiful morning -- Hope you can join us!

Directions (courtesy of Coach Pieter's post from last week): Search for: Farm Pond, Middlesex, Massachusetts 01770

Also, if anyone is interested in RACING in open water, there are a number of upcoming Open Water opportunities. Pieter, Jenny and I will be competing in the Madison Mile in Madison, CT this Saturday, 6/20 at 9:00 AM. If you are interested in making the 2 hour + trek, information about the race is posted here:
Please note, if you are interested, registration closes tomorrow, Wednesday 6/17 at 2:00 PM. Online registration is available here:
There will be no race-day registration. This race served as the USMS Open Water Championship race in 2008 and continues to serve as the Connecticut State Championship race.

Also, there are two races closer to home listed on the NEM website for the 20th and one on the morning of the 21st in Wayland.
I believe that the Charles River race field has closed, but I know that Kiko, a good friend of BC Masters competed in that event last year, which normally receives press coverage.

If you have any questions about open water swimming please feel to talk with Pieter, Mindy, Tom or myself.

Hope to see everyone at the pool or on the open water!


Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Open Water Swim!

Hi Folks,
Come join us for our second week in a row of Wednesday morning open water swimming! Farm Pond, 6:30am (sharp).
Map/Directions: Search for: Farm Pond, Middlesex, Massachusetts 01770

Hope to see you there!