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    Goodbye OWS

    Tuesday night was my last open water session of the year, and I'll miss it terribly. In upstate NY, we don't have a very long summer, so from Labor day to Memorial Day we are forced to swim indoors. I swim with a Tri club at an Adirondack lake, and I made it every week this summer but one. In 13 weeks I dropped my time by 5 minutes over ~2Km. Now, starting Sep 11 it will be 9 months in an over-chlorinated 25yd pool, which would be drudgery except the master's team coach makes up sets that at least keep us thinking.

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    Re: Goodbye OWS

    Yeah, same here. Though my last OWS is on Sep 15th. Also, this year, a guy in our masters team worked with a village close by to let us swim on the long island sound 3 days a week. Because I commute to the city for work, I don't have the time to swim there. I do see some time improvements, but I find that the water conditions are so different each year on the same course that I can't really do a proper comparison. I do know that I am gaining more confidence. I also got a swim watch with GPS, I see my zig zag path...definitely something I need to work on.

    @Sumorunner, you should consider coming down to Westchester NY some time. We have the Swim Across America event. It's not a race, but sure is fun. You can choose 2k, 5k or go crazy and do a 10k.

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    Re: Goodbye OWS

    Sumo, have you considered putting a race on the calendar for the spring that can help keep you motivated during the dry spell? Miami has a 5k and 10k in March that is usually run well. https://swimmiami.net/ Sure, you're still swimming in the pool for most of the winter, but at least this would give you something to look forward to.

    There's also a fun virtual challenge that Karen Reeder puts together to get through winter. http://usopenwaterswimming.org/. It's great way to keep you focused on getting miles done through the dark days, plus you can get a t-shirt. I've done it for the last 4+ years and have enjoyed watching the progress.
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    Re: Goodbye OWS

    I'm rather new to swim meets and don't know how to prep like I did with running or track & field for 40 years. I did do a few pool events this year., two of them were part of indoor triathlons.

    Jan 20, adk lmsc Happy New Year Meet, 50m (51 sec) and 200m (4:27)
    Mar 4, indoor tri, 425 yds
    May 7, indoor tri, 350 yds

    BTW, the Lake Placid half-ironman triathlon is this Sunday with many of the folks I train with all summer. Air temp. for the swim start is predicted to be 33F at 7AM, and not much warmer when they get out and into the bike transition.

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    Re: Goodbye OWS

    If anyone is interested, the Highland Lakes Challenge is in early November this year:
    https://highlandlakeschallenge.weebly.com/

    I did the, "weekender," 2 years ago and really liked it. But I'm a bit concerned since it is about 2 weeks later this year. When I did it, the water temp was about perfect. We had a cold front that rolled through at that time so the water was 75-78 and the air temp at start was in the 40s one day. I'd guess the lake temps could be 5-10 degrees cooler.

    So I'm on the fence right now, between water temps and a big vacation in October. But I can be swayed.
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