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    Fitness Events and Challenges

    I am putting together a list of Fitness Events and Challenges available to USMS members. These could be virtual, postal, logs, or anything any club has come up with to motivate folks to swim more. If you know of any such event would you please post it on this thread. I promise to post a final list in a compact form if I get some responders. I already know about GTD, Postal 5K/10K, and the Hour Swim series. Thank you, Robin Walker
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    Re: Fitness Events and Challenges

    Here are some:

    [ame="http://www.usms.org/forums/showthread.php?t=20021"]February Fitness Challenge - U.S. Masters Swimming Discussion Forums[/ame]

    [ame="http://www.usms.org/forums/showthread.php?t=20159"]S.W.I.M. Fitness Challenge - U.S. Masters Swimming Discussion Forums[/ame]

    [ame="http://www.usms.org/forums/showthread.php?t=20162"]ILMSA S.W.I.M. Fitness Challenge - U.S. Masters Swimming Discussion Forums[/ame]

    [ame="http://www.usms.org/forums/showthread.php?t=19080"]Independence Day challenge - U.S. Masters Swimming Discussion Forums[/ame]

    I'm sure there are more.

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    Re: Fitness Events and Challenges

    www.brutesquadswim.com

    Info should get updated as the dates get closer (usually done between Nov. and Dec. each year)

    Annual Brute Squad open to anyone around the nation. Can be done in SCY or SCM, either in a meet or in a practice.

    It doesn't even have to be timed (for the competition awards), can be done solely for the love of swimming the three greatest events ever:
    400 IM, 200 Fly, 1650 (1500) Free

    Get a Brute Squad T-shirt or Sweatshirt as well.
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    Re: Fitness Events and Challenges

    12,000 yards of Christmas (link in pdf): http://hazyracing.weebly.com/uploads...postal2011.pdf

    TAM postal 1650, http://www.tammasters.org/index.html

    BLSDA postal (link on left side): http://www.bldsa.org.uk/

    You mention USMS's one hour, 5/10K, and GTD, but how about the 3000/6000 yard postals?

    I've done the brute squad before. Holy crap that was hard, but the T-Shirt was awesome. Someone out there used to host a 15-min postal, which was intense.

    Thanks in advance for the list. I tire sometimes searching the internet for these postals.
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    Re: Fitness Events and Challenges

    AWESOME!!!! Thanks guys! I hope more roll in here too!
    I am the new Fitness person in Indiana and I'm compiling a page of challenges people could do! I will post a link here when I think i'm done!
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    Re: Fitness Events and Challenges

    Similar to the Brute Squad, the Canby Gators host an annual Animal Meet, where you swim the 1000 free, 400 IM, and 200 fly. (They also have 500/200/100 and 200/100/50 divisions so that they get more than 5 entries ).

    https://www.clubassistant.com/club/m...1352&smid=3411

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    Re: Fitness Events and Challenges

    Quote Originally Posted by That Guy View Post
    Similar to the Brute Squad, the Canby Gators host an annual Animal Meet, where you swim the 1000 free, 400 IM, and 200 fly. (They also have 500/200/100 and 200/100/50 divisions so that they get more than 5 entries ).

    https://www.clubassistant.com/club/m...1352&smid=3411
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    Re: Fitness Events and Challenges

    Swimsuit Addict has us trying a Turducken set around the holidays - I offered it to our team but no one else was hungry enough to try it.

    What about the Butternuts? http://www.grinswim.org/~nasti/butternuts.html

    usms.org has the postal swims on the calendar on the main page.

    Not sure how long this is open, but I supported the girls from MI here: http://www.channelforals.org/

    Of course, FLOGging is a great motivator, too!
    Last edited by rxleakem; July 11th, 2012 at 01:30 AM.
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    Re: Fitness Events and Challenges

    30x100 on 1:10 is a great one that no one actually wants to do but people talk a lot about.

    For working on your tan:
    - Maui Channel Relay
    - Waikiki Roughwater
    - Bermuda Round the Sound

    Really any open water event.

    I didn't see the check off challenge mentioned yet.

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    Re: Fitness Events and Challenges

    Oh how could I forget the hardest fitness challenge of all? The getoutofbedforearlymorningpractice event! If there is something more difficult out there, I have not come across it.

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    Re: Fitness Events and Challenges

    Hi Folks,

    Last year Minnesota Masters hosted a series of Postal Pentathlon swims. I did them all.

    Sprint Pentathlon = 50 of everything plus a 100 IM
    Middle Distance Pentathlon = 100 of everything plus a 200 IM
    Iron Man Pentathlon = 200 of evrything plus a 400 IM

    I received a nice t-shirt, some certificates, and a trophy for my efforts.

    I think I was the only participant from California. Hilarious.

    Thank you Minnesota!

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    Re: Fitness Events and Challenges

    Don't forget the "Check Off Challenge" http://www.usms.org/fitness/content/checkoff .
    "To strive,to seek,to find,and not to yield" Tennyson
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    Re: Fitness Events and Challenges

    There is another postal Brute Squad hosted by the Davis Aquatic Masters. It is an official Pacific Masters Swimming event open to any USMS member. You can do your swim any time during the month of November.

    For those who don't know, Brute Squad is:

    200 Fly
    400 IM
    1000 Free

    In the DAM version of the event, your time is the total time it takes you to swim the whole thing, including rests in between if you take them...

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    Re: Fitness Events and Challenges

    Or is it 1650 Free? Guess I've blocked it out...

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    Re: Fitness Events and Challenges

    Wisconsin Masters has the "Wisconsin Water Warriors Fitness Event" in November and December to encourage winter/holiday fitness. The info for 2012 isn't up yet, but it's on the event calendar. Here's the 2011 info:

    https://www.clubassistant.com/c/A0F3...erWarriors.pdf

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    Re: Fitness Events and Challenges

    Here's another one that I just learned of by reading Chowmi's blog:

    http://www.damswim.com/pages/swim_for_distance

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    Re: Fitness Events and Challenges

    This is a challenge:


    The Rinconada Masters Swim Team
    is a competitive swimming organization
    that trains and competes
    in the San Francisco Bay Area.

    1650 Butterfly event
    a.k.a ‘Borboleta’
    is held each spring
    at Rinconada Masters Spring Swim Meet.

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    Re: Fitness Events and Challenges

    Quote Originally Posted by Swimosaur View Post
    I want to do this! At :37 for my 1650 split of 2000, I wasn't exactly speedy, but I wouldn't have come in last place either.
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    Re: Fitness Events and Challenges

    Quote Originally Posted by Swimosaur View Post
    An 83-year-old swam a mile fly, yowza!

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    Re: Fitness Events and Challenges

    GGS5T also has a cracker challenge which is very timely ....

    In one session swim ALL the Olympic pool swimming events, including every leg of the relays

    to all who have achieved it
    Fenella [trying flying - and has flown !]

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