Pacific Update

Week of July 23, 2018   
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In this issue you will find information on upcoming pool events, open water swims, clinics, as well as other information of interest to the local adult swimming community.
The next issue of the Update will appear on August 6. The deadline for submissions scheduled to run in the next Update is August 1.
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The Pacific Masters Swimming Committee
2018 Santa Cruz Open Water Weekend
July 28 - 29
Fifteen years ago, it was considered "macho" to wear only a swimsuit in the Santa Cruz Roughwater meet, but today the story has changed. First-timers in this event are encouraged to wear a wetsuit. Safety first. The swim finishes at Cowell's Cove, located basically at the top of the Monterey Bay Sanctuary where the Pacific  Ocean meets the Monterey Bay. Water temperatures range from 53 to 62 degrees. Once swimmers have experienced the 1-mile swim, they just might want take on the 2-mile challenge on Sunday.  Register  here for the 45th Annual event by Santa Cruz Masters and the Santa Cruz Surf Life Saving Association.  
2018 SmartyPants Vitamins U.S. Masters Swimming  Summer Fitness Challenge
July 15 - 31

"Smarty Pants" is an unusual name for a fundraiser, yet this Challenge benefits the Swimming Saves Lives program in our country.  Far too many adults are hopeless without swim instruction, and Swimming Saves Lives creates hope for many folks.  Click here to Register   Team Signup for this 2K Challenge, with or without equipment.  Thank you so very much!  
DAM End of Summer Splash
August 11
Not able to attend the Pan AM's in Florida but still want to finish your long course season with official times? The DAM End of Summer Splash will be held at the Charles Brooks Swim Center in Woodland on Saturday, August 11. There will be an interesting assortment of swim events to choose from including men's, women's, and mixed 400 Medley and 400 Free relays. The relays are held so infrequently that just competing almost guarantees a Top Ten USMS ranking. Information and Registration.
Pan American Masters Open Water Championships
August 5

Have you swum in the Atlantic Ocean? If you are heading to the Pan Am Masters Championships and haven't signed up for the Open Water competition on August 5, give it a try.  Open Water registration closes July 31st,  Information and  registration .
Sebastopol Aquatic Masters ePostal Pull
August 1 - 30
Who likes to pull? Sebastopol Aquatic Masters is hosting the first ever 400 ePostal pull event. This event runs through the month of August. Information is available now and registration will be open August 1.
USMS 5K/10K ePostal National Championship
May 15 - September 23
Summer is the time to think about doing the USMS LCM 5K/10K national championship swims.Complete the event any time between now and September 15. Entries are open now. 
Upcoming Summer Events 
Open Water Events

Pacific Masters Open Water Swims:
Donner Lake , August 11
Whiskeytown, September 9
Keller Cove, September 22

Other Open Water Races:   
RCP Tiburon Mile, August 19   
Maui Channel SwimSeptember 2
Alcatraz Invitational, September 29 
Pacific Masters Monthly Meeting
August 15 
The next monthly meeting will be a conference call beginning at 7:00 p.m. If you wish to join the call, please contact   Chris Ottati, Administrator . All members are encouraged to attend.
Save the Date for PacMasters Annual Celebration and Meeting
November 4
The date for this year's Annual Celebration and Meeting is November 4th. Be sure to mark it on your calendar. Three-time Olympian and five-time gold medalist Nathan Adrian will be our keynote speaker. He'll highlight a day of swim and dryland workouts and screening of the award-winning film, Kim Swims with its star Kim Chambers in attendance. Kim Swims

The celebration will include a delicious catered lunch and culminate with our annual celebration meeting. 
The event is free to Pacific Masters members. Watch for the opening of registration on October 1st. This is the 8th year of the annual celebration. If you've attended in the past you'll surely want to return. If you haven't been before, the celebration is a not-to-be-missed event.  Capacity is limited so plan to register early. 
Editor's Note
Turn, Turn, Turn
Competitive swimmers don't like slowing down in their races.  Yet s o many of us have gained 30 seconds or more, over the years, on favorite events. It seems that the faster the swimmer, the greater the despair over slower swim times.  Advice from Coach Chris Campbell of Mountain View Masters is to set new baselines on our races with each new Age Group.  Setting new, achievable goals every five years is a mindset that allows us to grow with grace, humility and accepta nce.  We are no longer the shadow of yesteryear as we  "turn the page to a new age group."
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