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Daaaave
February 19th, 2012, 08:10 PM
New Englander here with the chance to take a short-notice 3 - 4 day vacation at the end of the month - thinking of creating a quick training trip where I could get in a workout or two a day and enjoy a beer and a bite to eat in the evening, and basically do nothing else.

I'm hoping to find a warm place to go with a reasonably well-structured/coached masters program that allows for drop-ins. Soliciting recommendations on programs that are welcoming to guests with (preferably) outdoor facilities. South Florida is probably better for flight time, but I wouldn't rule out TX, AZ, even SoCal.

Appreciate any advice from the group.

swoomer
February 19th, 2012, 08:23 PM
Swim Fort Lauderdale at tha Hall of Fame complex is very drop-in friendly!

Daaaave
February 19th, 2012, 09:16 PM
Thanks--it's on the short list--much appreciated.

aztimm
February 19th, 2012, 10:59 PM
I know our team in Mesa, AZ welcomes guests:

http://www.mesamasters.com/Home.jsp?team=amsmac


Additionally, you can try the teams at ASU (Sun Devil Masters), the Phoenix Swim Club, and even take a roadtrip to Tucson and swim with the team at the U of A. :applaud:

ALM
February 20th, 2012, 09:00 PM
The Sarasota Sharks Masters team welcomes all drop-ins, as long as they are USMS members. We have multiple workout times each day - 5:30am, 7:00am, 8:30am, and 6:00pm Monday through Friday. Saturday mornings we have a choice of a pool workout (7:00am) or an open water workout at Siesta Beach (7:30am). Many of us can be talked into a Sunday open water swim, as well.

Siesta Beach was named America's Best Beach for 2011 by Dr. Beach (http://www.drbeach.org/). The water temperature is 67 degrees right now, according to this site (http://isurus.mote.org/weather/newpass/Newpass_Weather.html).

We swim at the Sarasota YMCA in an outdoor pool (http://www.sharksmasters.org/our-program/our-facility/) built by Myrtha (the same company that is building the pool for the 2012 Olympic Trials in Omaha). Our club web site is here: http://www.sharksmasters.org/

Sarasota has an airport but there are only a couple of airlines that fly into it. The Tampa airport is about an hour and 15 minute drive. The St. Petersburg airport is about an hour away, and the Fort Myers airport is an hour and a half south of here.

swoomer
February 20th, 2012, 09:46 PM
This sounds like duelling Paridises! Fort Lauderdale also has multiple workouts. 6:00 am, 7:00 am, noon, and 6:15 pm, Monday through Friday. There are two workouts on Saturday....7:00 and 9:00 am. Long course, MWF, and short course Tu, th, and Sat. Can you say doubles? You can also walk a short 200 yards to the ocean for a follow-up if needed. Have a happy unexpected swimming adventure!

pwb
February 21st, 2012, 01:05 AM
I know our team in Mesa, AZ welcomes guests:

http://www.mesamasters.com/Home.jsp?team=amsmac


Additionally, you can try the teams at ASU (Sun Devil Masters), the Phoenix Swim Club, and even take a roadtrip to Tucson and swim with the team at the U of A. :applaud:I'll second this vote. We're about in the zone of perfect weather here in Arizona, have a much better & modern hotel / tourism setup than over-crowded FL, zero humidity and Paul Smith. What more could you ask for? If you want to get ambitious, you could hit 3 workouts a day between Mesa, Phoenix Swim Club and ASU.

Fresnoid
February 21st, 2012, 01:15 AM
I'll second this vote. We're about in the zone of perfect weather here in Arizona, have a much better & modern hotel / tourism setup than over-crowded FL, zero humidity and Paul Smith. What more could you ask for? If you want to get ambitious, you could hit 3 workouts a day between Mesa, Phoenix Swim Club and ASU.


Fresno > AZ. The guy wants to workout, not do a bunch of kicking and drills.

no200fly
February 21st, 2012, 09:13 AM
I took my family to the beach a few years ago and picked Ft. Lauderdale so that I could swim. The group and coaches were friendly and welcoming. Ft. Lauderdale is a nice place to visit too.

pwb
February 21st, 2012, 12:21 PM
The guy wants to workout, not do a bunch of kicking and drills.I'm happy to offer up 3-4 days of Monster workouts and point him to the cheap drop-in rates at the lovely Cactus Aquatic Center (http://www.scottsdaleaz.gov/parks/cactuspool).

Chris Stevenson
February 22nd, 2012, 07:06 AM
We're about in the zone of perfect weather here in Arizona, have a much better & modern hotel / tourism setup than over-crowded FL, zero humidity and Paul Smith.

I'm seeing mixed signals: are you trying to entice him to visit, or scare him away? And in the comparison of AZ vs FL, isn't Paul Smith just a poor man's version of Rowdy Gaines? :bolt:

aquageek
February 22nd, 2012, 09:11 AM
...zero humidity and Paul Smith. What more could you ask for?

You could ask for more Laura and less Paul.

Daaaave
February 22nd, 2012, 01:21 PM
Thanks for all the enticing suggestions. It's nice to be wanted, and it will be tough to decide where to take my talents.

Any superlative post-workout watering holes in these locations? Liquid carb replacement is an integral part of my regimen.

staff writer
February 22nd, 2012, 02:13 PM
LOVE your profile pic, Chris.

EJB190
February 23rd, 2012, 09:37 PM
You're in Boston? Let's go for a swim.

pwb
February 24th, 2012, 09:52 AM
Any superlative post-workout watering holes in these locations? Liquid carb replacement is an integral part of my regimen.Start here -- http://www.fourpeaks.com/ -- but, really, when it comes to tourist infrastructure -- hotels, all kinds of dining, etc. -- the Valley of the Sun does it right. If you want a great burger to go with that brew under the stars, head up to North Scottsdale to Greasewood Flat (http://greasewoodflat.net/) and sit under the stars.

I imagine Florida has a Chili's or Applebee's or maybe some other tourist trap like Bubba Gump's...