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SaltySwimmer
March 10th, 2009, 05:38 PM
I'll be in San Diego next week for work and cannot bear to miss more than a few days of swimming. Anyone know of some good groups in the downtown area?

I see USD (University of San Diego) is no longer offering masters workouts. I checked out the UCSD program (in La Jolla) and it looks pretty good-- anyone here swim with them? If so, can you provide input on what the program is like?

Anyone know of other programs (preferably offering 1.5 hour long practices) within 20 minutes of San Diego proper?

Thanks in advance!

:coffee:

pwb
March 10th, 2009, 06:18 PM
I've never swum with the UCSD group, but they were written up in the USMS magazine awhile back (I think) and it looked to be a great group. I'm going to try them out at the end of April when I'm next there. The UCSD campus is pretty convenient to the freeways, so it should be easy to get to & from downtown.

Ahelee Sue Osborn
March 10th, 2009, 07:08 PM
Mission Valley YMCA is a great program for masters.
Caroline Krattli swims there - Matt Pentland & Alan Voisard coach.
I love the pool. They train outside, 25 yard pool, and there is also an indoor lap swim/teaching pool - and a jacuzzi.

http://www.missionvalley.ymca.org/english/index_aquatics_masters.html

Kind of under promoted next to Sickie The Great's UC San Diego Masters.

http://recreation.ucsd.edu/mstr/index.html?
I swam with Sickie for 23 years. He, the UCSD facility (two 50M pools) and the program are awesome!

Either are a great choice, but Mission Valley Y is closest to downtown. Actually very close - and next to Old Town San Diego.

chowmi
March 10th, 2009, 07:36 PM
I say make the drive and swim in LaJolla cove! You can do pool swims anywhere!

http://www.lajollacoveswimclub.org/

pwb
March 10th, 2009, 07:52 PM
I say make the drive and swim in LaJolla cove! You can do pool swims anywhere!

http://www.lajollacoveswimclub.org/

Absolutely. One of the greatest "swimming holes" in the country (probably the world).

Ahelee Sue Osborn
March 10th, 2009, 08:13 PM
Absolutely. One of the greatest "swimming holes" in the country (probably the world).

Oh yeah... If you like the open water, The Cove can't be missed.

http://www.lajollacoveswimclub.org/

There are always swimmers and triathletes out swimming around the buoys.
Regular OW groups meet there in the morning 7:30-8am.
Some well known Channel Swimmers and local standouts mix in with the fitness swimmers. Great comaraderie.

Now that daylight savings time has started, The Friday Night Swim is in force again. After work, 5-6pm gathering time and then they start going.

SaltySwimmer
March 11th, 2009, 05:24 PM
Mission Valley YMCA is a great program for masters.
Caroline Krattli swims there - Matt Pentland & Alan Voisard coach.
I love the pool. They train outside, 25 yard pool, and there is also an indoor lap swim/teaching pool - and a jacuzzi.

http://www.missionvalley.ymca.org/english/index_aquatics_masters.html

Kind of under promoted next to Sickie The Great's UC San Diego Masters.

http://recreation.ucsd.edu/mstr/index.html?
I swam with Sickie for 23 years. He, the UCSD facility (two 50M pools) and the program are awesome!

Either are a great choice, but Mission Valley Y is closest to downtown. Actually very close - and next to Old Town San Diego.


Great! Thanks! This gives me two options in case I can't make the drive out to La Jolla. I really appreciate the input and suggestions!

SaltySwimmer
March 11th, 2009, 05:27 PM
I say make the drive and swim in LaJolla cove! You can do pool swims anywhere!

http://www.lajollacoveswimclub.org/

This is a great suggestion too-- I do like open water from time to time, and I don't think I've ever done OW in the ocean before. I'll put this on my list as well.

By the way, Michelle, I keep meaning to thank you for the suggestion about the Tom Landry swim center -- I did end up going to one of the workouts over the holidaysand had a great swim. And you are right-- the facility is phenomenal! I'll go back next time I'm in the DFW area. Thanks!

Ahelee Sue Osborn
March 11th, 2009, 06:18 PM
Oh yeah... If you like the open water, The Cove can't be missed.

http://www.lajollacoveswimclub.org/



By the way, be ready for some chilly water temps. I don't think The Cove has hit 60 degrees yet...

If thats' too cold for you, go hang out at one of my favorite spots in San Diego and just enjoy the La Jolla Cove Ocean View.

http://www.brocktonvilla.com

That Guy
March 11th, 2009, 09:22 PM
I'm going to be in San Diego in a couple weeks and will swim in the ocean. I will probably take my wetsuit in case it's still chilly. I can't swim proper butterfly in my wetsuit though... dilemma...

That Guy
March 31st, 2009, 06:54 PM
I've been swimming in the ocean at Mission Beach each day this week. I brought my shorty wetsuit since it allows me to do butterfly, though it's a bit awkward. This probably isn't the best way to taper for PNA Championships next week but what can you do.

Today I rode my rented cruiser bike up to La Jolla Cove. I didn't swim there but I checked it out and took photos. It's a pretty spot, no doubt about it. I didn't see any swimmers there, just surfers and sunbathers.