Friday, July 22, 2016

2016 Swim camp


2016 Salt Lake Open Water Swim Camp

This year Chad Starks is organizing this year's swim camp.  He will be hosting us at his family cabin, near Fruitland, UT (near Starvation Reservoir and Strawberry Reservoirs)

Location of camp:  Chad Starks cabin.  Here is the gps location.
Directions:
Head to Heber Utah. Once you get there keep going on HWY 40 towards Duchesne Utah. You will go past Strawberry. Keep going on HWY 40. if you blink past Strawberry you will pass a town called Current Creek keep going. Then over the hill a little bit further is a town called Fruitland. Don't stop you are almost there.
Start watching the mile posts. When you get to mile post 68 you need to start looking to your right. The dirt road is directly across from the Taboina turnoff turn the opposite direction on the dirt road called bunkhouse road then turn an immediate left and follow that road and you will run into the cabin. Any questions call 801.201.8880 Total time from the Salt Lake area is about 1.5 hours
Cost: Free for 2016 SLOW club members, $15 for non-members.  Cost goes to help the SLOW club maintain supporting swimmers in Utah.

If you're not a 2016 club member, please consider full membership, otherwise pay for this one event online:

 

Please RSVP page using this page.

Itinerary


Friday, July 22nd
5 pm Camp setup
7 pm Potluck dinner
   while you eat...  Annual SLOW club meeting.  Financial review, event planning, club leadership organization and ratification.
9 pm - Optional night swim at Starvation State park.

Saturday, July 23rd

7am - 9am - breakfast (bring your own)
10am - swim at Starvation Reservoir.

Sunday, July 24th

TBD

Please RSVP here (please provide your planned arrival date/time) so we can plan for how much food to provide.  This is a camp, so you will need to bring your traditional outdoor camping gear.  There are indoor restroom facilities.  While the cabin will be open to everyone for various activities, the bedrooms will not be available.  There are too many people and too much work to cleanup if we open it up for sleeping inside overnight.



Disclaimer:

This event is an at your own risk activity.  No supplemental insurance is being purchased to cover any accidents that might occur while participating in this activity.  You are responsible for your own safety and by participating in this activity in any way, you assume this risk.  Salt Lake Open Water club, or its leadership will not be held liable for any incidents, damages that might occur, even if deemed negligent.  You assume your own responsibility much the same way you would if you were swimming/camping alone or in a group that is not officially organized.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Why employers want to hire marathon swimmers

Employers love workers with attributes that make the company profitable.  Many of these attributes are likely to be held by not only marathon swimmers but any athlete that puts a significant amount of time and effort into their sport:

  • Dedication/Commitment

Athletes know that it takes commitment to do hard things.  They don’t give up.  Not succumbing to laziness is an attribute that employers value.

  • Handles stress/failure well

Ever see a child throw a tantrum when they need a nap, or don’t get their way?  It’s amazing how often similar behavior can be observed in adults as well.  Many athletes know what it is like to fail.  The act of failing can be considered a good thing if something is learned from it, and then behavior is modified to achieve a different result.  That’s the scientific method.  

  • Time management

Many jobs require objectives to be met while following a timeline.  This takes prioritization, goal setting and multitasking.  All skills that are developed while following a training program.  

  • Mentally focussed

Speaking from personal experience, as well as reported studies on the topic.  Exercise reduces stress, and helps brain function.  Creativity can be improved when an employee is sharp.  In my experience, It’s ironic that failure to exercise, can actually increase fatigue in the work-place.  But after a good workout, I feel energized and ready to have a kick-butt day.  

So get out there, have a great workout!  Then keep that momentum going throughout your day.  You just might get that pay raise as well!

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Goodbye 2015, welcome 2016!

Congratulations to those who completed the 2015 Checkoff Challenge:

Josh Green
Sarah Jones
Gordon Gridley
Chad Starks

For SLOW members,
Swim 250 miles in 2016
and this baby is yours!
New for 2016, is an online tracking system for members to post their progress throughout the year.  USMS offers this as a Go The Distance Program.  But we are going to do our own.  No need to be a member of SLOW (unless you want the milestone awards):

100 miles: SLOW swim cap
250 miles: Kayak Trolley
500 miles: One free entry in your choice of GSLOW, Bear Lake Monster or Deer Creek races.
750 miles: Free Splish "Got Salt" Swim Suit
1000 miles: Free entry to next year's UTC events

Starting Jan 1st, 2016 please update your yardage on this spreadsheet.  If you are interested in participating, please request edit permissions and you will be added as an editor to this tracker.

Monday, September 28, 2015

He did it!

Chad's English Channel swim was a success!

He encountered some pretty serious wind and chop, as well as dozens, if not hundreds of stinging jellyfish.  He completed the swim in 16:54:55.

Here is Chad's summary of the swim.
Here is coach Gords' summary of the swim.

Video:


And Congratulations to Matt Gerrish for coming the closest to guessing his time.  He guessed 16:35 and won a $50 gift card to swimoutlet.com

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Chad's English Channel Swim Contest

Marathon swimming takes a good deal of mental toughness.  When things get hard, it helps to have some encouragement from others.  This is where you come in.  Your participation in this contest will provide that encouragement.  No purchase is necessary and you will not be added to any annoying email list.  Simply fill out the form below and if your projected completion time is the closest to the official actual time, you win:

$100 Gift card to Swimoutlet.com

Contest Rules:  Only one entry per household.  Submissions are free.  If Chad's swim is aborted for any reason, the contest will be void.  Submissions will close the moment he starts his swim.

Where: English Channel (England to France) 22 miles
When: Tidal window September 19 - 25th, 2015
Swimmer: Chad Starks
Pilot: Paul Foreman (CS&PF)
Coach: Gordon Gridley
Swim Rules: CS&PF rules - basically no wetsuit, wearing only a speedo, cap, goggles, start on the beach in England and swim to France ending clear of the water without touching the boat.  More on the widely accepted marathon swimming rules.  The rules will be enforced.

Want to base your time submission on something more than a blind guess?  Here are some recent stats:

2015 marathon distance swim times (following the EC swim rules):
2014 marathon distance swim times times:
Check out his English Channel Qualifying swim

His "Spot" page
(Available in September)
Be sure to stay informed on facebook on his exact swim date.  Starting Saturday, Sept. 19th


Wednesday, September 9, 2015

First Annual Bear Lake Length Relay

reported by Sarah Jones

The ladies team for 2015 Bear Lake Relay consisted of:
Lisa Gentile
Sarah Goldberg
Joelle Beard
Dominique Maack
Chelsea Carmichael
Sarah Jones

Our time was 8:27

Drivers: Maury (Steiner swimmer) and Tom (Dominique’s boyfriend)
 
We met up Monday morning at 5:30 at the First Launch boat ramp on the east side of Bear Lake. Maury showed up with the boat and got it in the water very quickly. Before we knew it we were on the south side of the lake, wrapped up in coats, blankets, jackets and huddling together, waiting for the other teams to arrive. It was chilly and dark; it took some deciding to see who would be the first brave soul to get it. This person had to be particularly tough because she had to swim to the shore, get out in the cold, and then reenter the water to start. Chelsea Carmichael was everyone’s hero for volunteering, and we all winced a bit while she took off her warm clothes and lowered herself into the water. She’s awesome!

Earlier, we had decided to swim in 30 minute increments. Our order was Chelsea, Dominique, Sarah G., Lisa, Joelle, and Sarah H. The water temperature was warmer than the air temperature for the first part of the swim, so swimming was great but getting out and trying to get dry and warm afterwards was a challenge. Maury and Tom did an excellent job navigating the boat, managing to stay near the swimmer and also guide us in a very straight line to the north shore. They switched off every swimmer so they each got a break.

One of the best parts of the swim was watching all of the different swimming styles each woman has. Each member of the team had an efficient, effective stroke, but they were all very unique. We also had time to talk and get to know each other, which was a real treat. The water changed throughout the day; there were times it was smooth with slight swells, and then other times when it was quite choppy and the wind picked up.

We had planned on each team member getting three swims and one member getting a fourth, but we finished so quickly that I had to swim together with Joelle at the end so I could get my swims in! All of the team members are fast, but Dominique and Chelsea in particular are FAST. It really was so much fun to see them swim. This was the last summer swimming fun for most of us (with the exception of Sarah Goldberg, who is competing in an IronMan in two weeks) so finishing was bittersweet. Driving away from Bear Lake and knowing that it will be the last time to swim there until next summer had me feeling a bit sad. Good thing Bear Lake will be there next year!

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Goody's swim across Lake Tahoe

The 21 mile swim route across the length of Lake Tahoe has been standardized over the years to be:

From Richardson beach on the south end
To Hyatt Beach on the north end

Or Vice Versa.



Update August 6th:


He made it!  17:45:21. 

Posts on his swim:
Nice job Goody!  First Utahn to swim the length of Lake Tahoe (Jamie Patrick to confirm...)