I now its still early for open water swims but where does DC Tri do their open water workouts and when do they usually begin?
Sandy Pt., near Annapolis, and sometimes near Mason Neck, south of Alexandria.
When it gets warmer. Unless you're a Polar Plunge type....
i'd love to find some people that are down with open water swim training
Starting in April, I'll be going out to Sandy Point once a week for long swims. Probably Wednesday afternoons or Friday mornings.
There are also open water swims throughout the spring / summer in Lorton, VA at Gunston Manor. The website is www.usopenwater.org - also OnPoint Fitness in DC organizes swims there as well.
What is the temperature of the water typically like at Sandy Point?
In other words, if I were to go out there to swim next time we have a warm weekend, will I freeze do death without a wetsuit? :-)
Tammy - give me a heads up when you start heading out to Sandy Point. I might be able to join you and swim slowly in your wake.
Nate - I'm a wimp when it comes to swimming so I didn't stop using my wetsuit until around Labor Day. I'm sure others thought the water was warm enough much earlier than I did.
Weather permitting, I'll start my Sandy Point swims on Friday, April 2nd. I'd like to leave DC around 8 am, arrive SP 9 am, swim until 10 am or hypothermia, whichever is first, grab a hot (hopefully) shower and warm Starbucks before heading home. If that works for you and you want to carpool, let me know.
Tammy, I'm up for it for sure. But it sounds like I might need to get a wetsuit first. I was going to just rent one this year for my first race, but I might rethink that if I'm going to start swimming in cold water regularly. :-)
Recommend a wetsuit - buoyancy/warmth. Reston 1 or 2 mile swim is 30 May.
Yesterday I bought the Annapolis Capital newspaper and it states that the Ches. Bay water temperature is 48.9. I don't know about anyone else, but I need it to get at least above 55 for me to get in there and swim.
I wore a sleeveless wetsuit at the Nation's Tri last September. The water temperature was an issue for me so I'll probably get a full wetsuit too.
Even if the following aren't allowed at USAT-sanctioned races, you could still use them in training to help deal with cooler water temperatures: neoprene swim cap, neoprene swim socks, neoprene gloves.
As for Sandy Point and Mason Neck, can you just go out there at any time and swim? Or do you need some sort of temporary permit or arrangement each time?
Sandy Point is opened from sunrise to sunset. It is opened every day all year long. People go there to fish in the offseason. Entrance is something like $6 for non-MD residents and $4-5 for MD residents.
Tuan, us MD people pay $3 bucks for now, but it definitely will go up around Memorial Day. (Please get here summer!)
Free for Active Duty servicemembers with ID :)
I can't make it on the 2nd (unless we all go much, much earlier) but could go on the 7th. The first Friday that I could head out there is the 16th.
Cant do fridays. anyone for Weekends?
I'd be interested in going on weekends, too.
I'd be interested in going on weekends as well.
Sweet. My name's dave, i can be contacted at
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regarding open water swims on weekends!