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Open Water Race Practice
CREATED: 03/24/10 by JoelRynes REPLIES: 15
JoelRynes    JOINED: 1/3/10    POSTS: 3
Open Water Race Practice
POSTED: 3/24/10 8:08 AM

I was talking to someone (sorry I forgot your name) at the swim clinic last weekend about a open water swim race that could be used as practice for DC Tri. The race was recommended by my mentor and is called the Jim McDonneel Lake Swims:

http://www.restonmasters.org/jmls/

It is held over Memorial Day weekend. I think I am going to do the 1 mile race. If anyone else wants to do it let me know and we can form an unofficial NTP team.

Joel

Nate's ravatar Nate    JOINED: 2/23/10    POSTS: 66
RE: Open Water Race Practice
POSTED: 3/24/10 8:20 AM

I'd be interested.

PamS's ravatar PamS    JOINED: 1/26/10    POSTS: 345
RE: Open Water Race Practice
POSTED: 3/24/10 9:52 AM

Keep me posted too. Thanks!

RJohnson1979's ravatar RJohnson1979    JOINED: 9/13/09    POSTS: 81
RE: Open Water Race Practice
POSTED: 3/24/10 11:01 AM

I think this looks great! Thanks for posting the info.

It looks like there are two events - A swim clinic and 1 mile practice swim on Saturday for $20 and then a race (1 and/or 2 miles) on Sunday for $55. I wonder which one to do?

tgrollman's ravatar tgrollman    JOINED: 2/28/09    POSTS: 216
RE: Open Water Race Practice
POSTED: 3/24/10 11:34 AM

Count me in for the 1 mile practice swim.

Tania

ncrcoach's ravatar ncrcoach    JOINED: 2/28/09    POSTS: 1028
RE: Open Water Race Practice
POSTED: 3/24/10 2:46 PM

Actually, last year there were a few of us who swam both the 1 and 2 mile swims, but at $90 that was pretty steep. I'll be in for the 2-mile for sure. Will have to wait and decide whether to wetsuit it or not.

flora    JOINED: 2/28/09    POSTS: 35
RE: Open Water Race Practice
POSTED: 3/24/10 3:24 PM

I'm in for the 1 mile practice swim on saturday. thanks!

mosered's ravatar mosered    JOINED: 2/28/09    POSTS: 1655
RE: Open Water Race Practice
POSTED: 3/24/10 4:18 PM

There's about a 30-minute interval between the two events.

rcmagnus's ravatar rcmagnus    JOINED: 1/23/10    POSTS: 43
RE: Open Water Race Practice
POSTED: 3/24/10 4:32 PM

I'll join in for the 1 miler!

krafty81's ravatar krafty81    JOINED: 5/20/09    POSTS: 127
RE: Open Water Race Practice
POSTED: 3/24/10 6:08 PM

I'm thinking about the 2-miler. It is a little pricey and you have to pay the "masters fee" if you are not in their masters club. Wish they had a DC Tri discount but they do not. Still, it looks like fun and great practice for EM.

kev7's ravatar kev7    JOINED: 2/28/09    POSTS: 440
RE: Open Water Race Practice
POSTED: 3/24/10 7:33 PM

In for the practice on Saturday and then both the 1 and 2-mile swims on Sunday. Just hoping not to be last out of the water. Afterwards I usually ride a few miles on the W&OD.

RJohnson1979's ravatar RJohnson1979    JOINED: 9/13/09    POSTS: 81
RE: Open Water Race Practice
POSTED: 3/29/10 4:30 PM

Thanks again for posting this. I signed up for the practice swim on Saturday since it was only $20 and included a clinic.

anni    JOINED: 2/8/10    POSTS: 3
RE: Open Water Race Practice
POSTED: 3/30/10 9:19 AM

i can't find where you all signed up for this. can you let me know because i would be interested in doing this. thanks. annalisa

mosered's ravatar mosered    JOINED: 2/28/09    POSTS: 1655
RE: Open Water Race Practice
POSTED: 3/30/10 9:41 AM

The actual registration link is here:

https://www.clubassistant.com/club/meet_information.cfm?c=1107&smid=1919

Or:

http://www.restonmasters.org/jmls/

JHJ20012's ravatar JHJ20012    JOINED: 2/1/10    POSTS: 167
RE: Open Water Race Practice
POSTED: 3/30/10 10:14 AM

Does anyone know how much support is out there during the swim practice? I can eek out 1500m in the pool and presumably I'd be in better shape by the end of May, but tackling 1 mile for my first open water swim might be a bit much. Would love the get advice from folks with more OW experience. Thanks!

ncrcoach's ravatar ncrcoach    JOINED: 2/28/09    POSTS: 1028
RE: Open Water Race Practice
POSTED: 3/30/10 11:34 AM

There is plenty of support of kayakers and lifeguards on paddle boards. But if you aren't too comfortable with open water swimming, I would suggest that you do the clinic on Saturday to give you a feel of the open water. Continue to practice throughout the year what you learn at the clinic. Then, maybe aim to do the swim next year.

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