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    Swim five postals, get a nice Postal Challenge patch

    From Competition / Postals (on top USMS page):

    "USMS holds five long distance postal championships each year: the One Hour, 5K, 10K, 3000 yd. and 6000 yd. events. Swimmers who complete all five championships in the same year will be sent a participation patch to honor their achievement."

    The patch is pretty neat.

    I thought I would bring this to general attention because only one week remains to complete the first postal swim.

    Any stories, thoughts from ppl who completed the Postal Challenge in previous years?

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    Re: Swim five postals, get a nice Postal Challenge patch

    If I can talk myself into 10K this year, I will do it for the first time. Last year was first 5K and 6000. Having teammates who have already done the 5 helps with support.

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    That would be some dedicated swimmer ! Good luck to all that accept the challenge !

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    Re: Swim five postals, get a nice Postal Challenge patch

    My goal is set for January 2013. I plan on swimming one postal swim in the first 10 days when I'm in the 30-34 age group, and then another after the 11th when I'm in the 34-35 age group. It's a special privilege afforded to all us January babies.

    Maybe I'll try for the patch in 2012 while I wait.

    In the meantime, I don't think our team is going to be able to find the pool time to get to do the postal this year, which is sad.

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    Re: Swim five postals, get a nice Postal Challenge patch

    Quote Originally Posted by swimmerb212 View Post
    In the meantime, I don't think our team is going to be able to find the pool time to get to do the postal this year, which is sad.
    Open water postal swim! Follow one of the ships when it clears a path through the ice on the Hudson. Chaos will already be following in its wake so be sensitive to his personal space.

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    Re: Swim five postals, get a nice Postal Challenge patch

    Patch is ok but it is a lot of pain...close to 30K of pain to be exact. Did this in 2006 and 2007. Add one open water swim and you can be long distance all star for your age group if you are into that sort of thing.

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    I am definitely going to go for it this year! I only did the 3,000 and 6,000 yard Postals last year. The only thing that will set me back is finding a 50 meter pool for the 5K and 10K that has lap swim open long enough for me to complete them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Danielle View Post
    I am definitely going to go for it this year! I only did the 3,000 and 6,000 yard Postals last year. The only thing that will set me back is finding a 50 meter pool for the 5K and 10K that has lap swim open long enough for me to complete them.
    Yay, Danielle! Go for it!

    Quote Originally Posted by Kurt Dickson View Post
    Patch is ok but it is a lot of pain...close to 30K of pain to be exact. Did this in 2006 and 2007. Add one open water swim and you can be long distance all star for your age group if you are into that sort of thing.
    I agree, there should be something more than a patch. And it is a big commitment. I hope there can be some recognition in Swimmer. Maybe "Both Sides of the Lane Line": On one side some bloviating from Jimsy/Jamie on how horrible and physiologically crippling a postal series is, on the other side a simple, dignified list of those who met the challenge and conquered their personal Everest. This should probably be followed by a meetup of Recovering Postal Swimmers ("Hi. My name is ____ and I am a Postal Challenge swimmer").

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    I'm going for it this year as well. But what's this about being an all-star?
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    Re: Swim five postals, get a nice Postal Challenge patch

    Does anyone know how USMS keeps track of the postal swims? Do you have to request a patch? Or do they show up anywhere in the MY USMS section of the website?

    And is it crazy to swim 10K just to get some patch?

    Yes, and I hope to do it to make up for how I never got to be a patch-collecting Girl Scout because none of the mothers in my class would volunteer. We also didn't have a swim team in my school or town, so you see how I'm spending my 30's making up for lost time here...

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    Re: Swim five postals, get a nice Postal Challenge patch

    Questions:

    I don't know the answers to all-stars, how does USMS keep track, and how does one get a patch, but I am trying to track down Answer Person to get the info.

    There's just a few more hours, that's all the time we've got...


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    Question Re: Swim five postals, get a nice Postal Challenge patch

    I'm fairly new to USMS and swam my first postal event in January. When will the results be posted? I'm curious about how I did compared to others in in my age group. I'd like to swim in some meets but not if I can't hope to compete.

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    Re: Swim five postals, get a nice Postal Challenge patch

    Quote Originally Posted by c2n1ne View Post
    I'm fairly new to USMS and swam my first postal event in January. When will the results be posted? I'm curious about how I did compared to others in in my age group. I'd like to swim in some meets but not if I can't hope to compete.
    I don't know when the postal results will be posted, but you can look at our "Event Rankings" to see how you compare to others in your age group for any pool event.

    1) Go to www.usms.org
    2) Select the blue "Competition" tab across the top
    3) Select "Event Rankings"
    4) Select which course you swim (Short Course Yards, for example, if you swim in a 25-yard pool)
    5) Select 2009-2010 season
    6) Select your gender, event, age group
    7) Select the top 200 listings to see more results

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    Re: Swim five postals, get a nice Postal Challenge patch

    Thanks!

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    Re: Swim five postals, get a nice Postal Challenge patch

    Anna Lea,

    Is there a chance the postal swims will ever be incorporated into the event rankings?

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    Re: Swim five postals, get a nice Postal Challenge patch

    Quote Originally Posted by smontanaro View Post
    Is there a chance the postal swims will ever be incorporated into the event rankings?
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    Re: Swim five postals, get a nice Postal Challenge patch

    5k and 10k now under way!
    May 15 - September 15

    How are they going?

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    Re: Swim five postals, get a nice Postal Challenge patch

    It's all about the hardware/softwear !!!!!!!

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    Re: Swim five postals, get a nice Postal Challenge patch

    Quote Originally Posted by ViveBene View Post
    5k and 10k now under way!
    May 15 - September 15

    How are they going?
    I decided this year I would try to do them all and get this award. 1Hour and 5k done. 10k in 3 weeks.
    I have entered the snapdragon stage of my life (Part of me has snapped and the rest of me is draggin ).

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    Re: Swim five postals, get a nice Postal Challenge patch

    I am having a really hard time finding a 50 Meter pool to book space in for a 5K or a 10K. (Not to mention convincing a friend that watching me swim for 4 hours or so and recording my time is a REALLY FUN THING.)

    Anyone got a good line on a pool in the greater NYC / Hudson Valley area that we could use?
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