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    • #11867
      Vic
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      Anyone who’s in Chicagoland should think about doing the Big Shoulders race. This year’s event is Saturday, September 9th. As always, it will be held at the Ohio Street Beach in downtown Chicago. Last year Mike and Joey Arce, Scott Whitbeck, and I swam the 2.5K race and it was pretty fun. MaroonSwimming was also there, but only as a spectator. There are two distances, 2.5K and 5K, and this year the 5K is the USMS National Championship. Check it out if you’re looking for an open water race at the end of the summer. Information can be found online at http://www.bigshoulders.org/

    • #29225
      maverick1
      Member

      i was thinking of going again. iceman probably won’t make it back which would be unfortunate because it was fun racing him open water last summer

    • #29226
      silentp
      Member

      I will consider the event if I am able to find a sponser. I did 2500m today, which is the furthest i have gone since my retirement and is the exact distance of the race. I did some IM, but i didn’t do it open water.

      The goal would be to beat Vic, so anyone also wanting to beat Vic, should consider it as I am.

    • #29227
      maverick1
      Member

      chipotle can sponsor you with a free burrito after the race (through me that is)!

    • #29228
      Derek
      Member

      Free burrito? Where do I sign up?

      Actually, I’ll be in NYC, but where do I sign up for the free burrito?

    • #29229
      Vic
      Member

      You should definitely try and do it again, Maverick. It was a good time last year. I’m trying to get in better shape this year than I was last, but we’ll see how that goes. I might do the 5K this time around, but I’m not sure.

    • #29230
      maverick1
      Member

      we might as well do the 5k so we can try for the national championship again.

      you swimming masters still vic or solo?

    • #29231
      Vic
      Member

      Over the winter I was swimming on my own but this summer I’m back swimming masters with the Naperville Waves. I like swimming with a team a lot more than solo because it’s more fun and it’s a lot easier to get motivated to swim fast.

    • #29232
      silentp
      Member

      Are there any good places to train open water in the area? I’d love to prepare for my victory over Vic.

    • #29233
      maverick1
      Member

      i used to sneak into lake zurich to swim open water…..you have to park in the neighborhoods and then just walk to the beach because you need a LZ resident sticker to park at the beach

      there aren’t too many places in the Arlington Heights area to swim because most of the lakes are fairly dirty or just don’t allow it

    • #29234
      silentp
      Member

      I’ll do the 5K in order to feel more like a man. Perhaps i will start a facebook event and get people to join it.

    • #29235
      DonCheadle
      Member

      I am going to be there. I am thinking about supplementing my pool traning with tethered / stationary training in a backyard pool. Kind of simulates open-water swimming. Thoughts.

    • #29236
      maverick1
      Member

      i’ve been coaching a few kids who don’t have access to a 50m pool and we’ve been doing that for some prep and i think it’s been helping…..they have been getting better at long course swimming

      in theory there should be no problem except kicking the damn band

    • #29237
      Vic
      Member

      @DonCheadle wrote:

      I am going to be there. I am thinking about supplementing my pool traning with tethered / stationary training in a backyard pool. Kind of simulates open-water swimming. Thoughts.

      Interesting idea, and it would probably help.. While you’re doing it, you could also get someone to splash you, make waves with a kickboard, and kick you in the face every so often. πŸ™‚

    • #29238
      Anonymous
      Member

      The new Chicago coach swam Big Shoulders last year. He did pretty well. In terms of places to train, head on down to the biggest geographical feature in the midwest, ie, Lake Michigan, and hop right in. There are plenty of places to swim. Ohio Street Beach, Promontory Point (near the U of C), 57th and 63rd street beaches. Why not? It is HOT as HELL in Chicago, and I am sure the Lake is about 79 degrees. PERFECT. If you get sick, well, blame Milwaukee dumping sewage into the lake. It’s a great weight-loss plan.

      I, however, am not going to swim Big Shoulders. I am going to swim at Master’s Worlds in Palo Alto. I am entered in the 800, 400 and 200 frees, and 200 back and fly. I plan on having my ass kicked thoroughly, even though I have been doing some pretty good LC practices of late.

      Here’s a potential new thread: Any former D-III swimmers going to World’s? I know of: Steve Hartsok (UCSD, 95), Jay Lockaby (Emory, 92) and me (Emory, 94). I successfully avoided swimming against Josh Davis in the 200 free (I am classified in an older age group), but I still find myself seeded in the mid teens in all my freestyle races. I am hanging up the goggles right after Worlds, though, because I qualified for the Boston Marathon, and need to start training.

    • #29239
      DonCheadle
      Member

      @MaroonSwimming wrote:

      Why not? It is HOT as HELL in Chicago, and I am sure the Lake is about 79 degrees. PERFECT. If you get sick, well, blame Milwaukee dumping sewage into the lake. It’s a great weight-loss plan.

      Hot as hell? You boys are so spoiled. It is atleast 15 degrees hotter here when you factor in humidity.

    • #29240
      Anonymous
      Member

      Yeah, I guess I forgot Houston. Built on a damn swamp. Basically, if you don’t live in Houston, you can’t complain about heat. I lived in College Station for 2 years, and THAT, my friends, was HELL. As hot as Houston, but there’s also all those pig sties and sheep sheds that the A&M vet school runs. Talk about hot, humid, hellish and STINKING like a sewer.

      In related news, the George Bush I library is built on the Texas A&M campus, at the site of an old swine abatoir. It only adds to the hot air and stink.

    • #29241
      DonCheadle
      Member

      @MaroonSwimming wrote:

      In related news, the George Bush I library is built on the Texas A&M campus, at the site of an old swine abatoir. It only adds to the hot air and stink.

      Senior really was a much better President than junior. Much like Carter he got stung by a natural economic down-turn. Not his fault. Unlike his son, when it was evident that tax-receipts were too low, and that the deficit was a real problem, senior was aware enough to admit he made a mistake and go back on his “read my lips” promise. Senior doesn’t deserve to be dragged down simply because of he has an imbecile of a son. And if my opinion of junior bothers you just remember that history books are written in the hallowed halls of Harvard and Princeton, and thus it is a certainty that in 50 years our grandchildren will be taught that junior got it all wrong.

    • #29242
      Derek
      Member

      It is sad but true. Senior was a better president than Junior has proven to be. What a slap in the face for ‘ol dad when he couldn’t get re-elected but his son did.

    • #29243
      silentp
      Member

      @Derek wrote:

      It is sad but true. Senior was a better president than Junior has proven to be. What a slap in the face for ‘ol dad when he couldn’t get re-elected but his son did.

      And what a slap for Democrats when they couldn’t get anyone into office over him. πŸ˜€

    • #29244
      Derek
      Member

      Yes SilentP, but unfortunately, the real slap in the face has been for our country who now gives him an approval rating of 36% (Fox/Opinion Dynamics RV, 7/11-12/06), and has dipped as low as 31% (USA Today/Gallup, 5/5-7/06).

      ( Source: http://www.pollingreport.com/BushJob.htm )

    • #29245

      Wow. This section went from open water swimming to politics. I just find that amusing.

    • #29246
      silentp
      Member

      I assume swedes would be a bad idea for this life threatening event? Any recommendations?

    • #29247
      Vic
      Member

      @MaroonSwimming wrote:

      In terms of places to train, head on down to the biggest geographical feature in the midwest, ie, Lake Michigan, and hop right in. There are plenty of places to swim. Ohio Street Beach, Promontory Point (near the U of C), 57th and 63rd street beaches. Why not? It is HOT as HELL in Chicago, and I am sure the Lake is about 79 degrees. PERFECT. If you get sick, well, blame Milwaukee dumping sewage into the lake. It’s a great weight-loss plan.

      The only problem with this is that SilentP is normally too lazy to go into the city, but maybe I’ll be able to convince him to go with me sometime.

    • #29248
      Anonymous
      Member

      How did the race go? I was in town, in Chicago, but I wasn’t asked to be a part of the UIC Masters relay team. They didn’t know I was going to be in town, so, no big deal. I did hear that they swam fast, because later in the day, most of the UIC Masters were at a wedding.

      Too bad I missed it. It would have been fun.

    • #29249
      Vic
      Member

      If you’re planning on signing up for the race, you better do it soon! Registration information is at http://www.bigshoulders.org/

      I’ll be there. Who else is planning on swimming?

    • #29250
      silentp
      Member

      @Vic wrote:

      If you’re planning on signing up for the race, you better do it soon! Registration information is at http://www.bigshoulders.org/

      I’ll be there. Who else is planning on swimming?

      This guy πŸ˜› Come watch me beat Vic!

    • #29251
      ketchupboy
      Member

      i’ve finished my strategy of not training and i look forward to totally obliterating all opposition. good luck to you all.

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