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  1. The Next Chapter (May-June 2018)

    by , April 18th, 2018 at 03:14 PM (SWIMMER Editorials)
    When I took the helm at SWIMMER in 2009, I was still high on the rush of diving into our local swim community in 2006 and finding a new family. The opportunity to work within the larger national subculture of Masters Swimming with smart and committed people was a dream come true.

    Establishing the National Office in 2009 was an adventure; our ragtag band of staffers started from scratch. We rented a steam cleaner from the grocery store across the street so we could spiff up the dusty furniture that came with our vacant-for-years historic building. We recruited local swimmers and suited up in gardening gear to beautify the overgrown and decrepit property.

    Slowly we built, broke, mended, and moldedónot only our physical surroundings, but also our roles. We essentially threw spaghetti on the ceiling and picked it up off the floor if it didnít stick. And then tried again until we found a formula that worked to serve and support our members. Iím honored to have worked alongside passionate and dedicated staffers and volunteers during that process, and Iím grateful for their help and friendship along the way.

    Since those earliest days, the National Office has grown and now occupies beautiful downtown offices. We have many more and much improved publications, programs, and services. Iím so proud of what weíve accomplished and excited to see whatís next.

    During this nine-year journey, Iíve had the privilege of working with and learning from talented editors, writers, photographers, designers, artists, volunteers, and coaches. The list is too long for this page. Their expertise and contributions have made this magazine and our online content something we can all be proud of.

    And then there are the readers.

    Youíre the reason Iíve looked forward to every issue, despite snags, snafus, and the hectic pace of never-ending deadlines.

    Your stories have inspired me. Your letters have made me laugh, cry, swim harder, and helped me navigate what were once unfamiliar waters, but now seem like home. You have my enduring gratitude for sharing your stories and your support over the years.

    Through your inspiration, Iíve realized that I still have time to see more of the world and thatís my next chapter: travel.

    My plan is to stay involved with Masters Swimming, but this will be my last issue as editor-in-chief of SWIMMER, and Iím stepping down as publications and communications director for USMS.

    Iím confident that publications manager Daniel Paulling and the dynamic and growing staff at the National Office will continue to develop and improve all our membership offerings. Please give them your support and feedback, as youíve given me.

    If my travels lead me near your town, Iíd love to drop in for swim practice. If youíd like to stay in touch, you can reach me at laura.m.hamel@gmail.com.

    My thanks and best always,

    Laura Hamel
    Editor-in-Chief
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  2. 4/18/18 Workout

    by , April 18th, 2018 at 08:13 AM (Swimming Through Jello)
    Wednesday, 4/18/2018 CrossFit Workout

    Warmup - band exercises, plyos, bar warmup

    Skill -
    Core EMOM 15
    1- :15 arch hold
    2- :15 hollow hold
    3- 2 tuck pull to invert (rings)

    Muscleup work - some transition work and a bunch of strict MUs.

    Conditioning -
    3 rounds
    400m run
    20 wall ball shots
    15 box jumps
    9:21
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