- 2010 Colonies Zone 1 Mile Open Water Championship >> click to read more
- 2010 Smith Mountain Lake Open Water Swim >> click to read more
- 2009-10 SCY Top Ten >> click to read more
- An article for all of us >> click to read more
- An Interesting Article for Men! >> click to read more
- Interesting article for Women >> click to read more
- UPCOMING MEETS/CLINICS/OPEN WATER 2010. Go to Meet Info page
- Betsy Owens Memorial Lake Swims >> click to read more
- Terrapin Cup/ Colonies Zone LC Champs >> click to read more
- Swimming in goop >> click to read more
- Kelly Lemmon in the USAA Magazine >> click to read more
- Is your sunscreen safe ? >> click to read more
- Global Open Water Swimming Conference >> click to read more
- Bud Beatty Swim - now August 8 (renamed "Purple Swim") >> click to read more
- 2010 Frank Murphy Award >> click to read more
- 2009 Frank Murphy Award >> click to read more
- Turks & Caicos Open Water Swim >> click to read more
- Why you should keep swimming! >> click to read more
- 20th Annual Bermuda Round the Sound Swim >> click to read more
- Top Ten news >> click to read more
- 2010 USMS & DCM Membership >> click to read more
- To thrive longer, get stronger >> click to read more
- FINA World Masters 2010 >> click to read more
- The Washington Post has launched an exciting new website dedicated to swimming! Go to www.reachforthewall.com
- USMS swimsuit ruling >> click to read more
2010 Colonies Zone 1 Mile Open Water Championship
the 2010 Colonies Zone 1 Mile Open Water Championship to be held on Sunday, September 12, 2010 in Lake Hopatcong, NJ.
The 2010 Colonies Zone 1 Mile Open Water Championship has added a pre-event social to celebrate the Colonies Zone Championship. Everyone is welcome to attend with family and friends. The primary sponsor, Wearhouse Grille, is providing a band on Saturday, September 11, 2010 from 5pm - 9pm on their patio (back of the restaurant), which is reserved for the social. You can order from either the bar or the dinner menu and the menus will be posted on the event website soon. During the social, pre-race registration and packet pick-up will be offered which allows you to arrive a bit later on race day if you choose. Race morning check-in will still be available.
Online registration is also now available and a new event website is being developed and will be updated regularly with pertinent and travel information. The paper entry form has also been updated to include the event website and the social information. Here are the links~~
Subject: 2010 Smith Mountain Lake Open Water Swim
Information for the 2010 Smith Mountain Lake Open Water Swim is now available online at www.lakeswim.net. This year's event is September 25th and 26th.
This year's online entry format is very user friendly and you will receive a confirmation of your entry if you register online.
Payment online is via PayPal, but can simply be submitted with a credit card through PayPal's secure site to our PayPal account.
Printable entry forms and race information is available under the 2010 Race Info tab on the website. Printed entry forms may be mailed to the address noted on the form.
Please note that we are at a new and improved location this year: Mariner's Landing at Smith Mountain Lake. There is information on Mariner's Landing on the event website - the resort is offering special deals on room rates for our event.
2009-10 SCY Top Ten
Please see link below to get to the Preliminary Top Ten for the 2009-10 Short Course Yards season. Please let me know if you find any errors from meets held within the Potomac Valley LMSC. http://www.usms.org/comp/tt/ Thanks, Jeff
Phys Ed: Your Brain on Exercise
JULY 7, 2010, 12:01 AM
By GRETCHEN REYNOLDS
Phys Ed: Your Brain on Exercise
JULY 7, 2010, 12:01 AM
By GRETCHEN REYNOLDS
From the NY Times:
July 5, 2010, 5:12 PM
Recalibrated Formula Eases Women’s Workouts
By TARA PARKER-POPE
Betsy Owens Memorial Lake Swims
August 14, 1-mi and 2-mi cable swims with relays at both distances (all are eligible for national records!) http://www.adms.org/LP_Swim/2010/2010-08-14-LP_.pdf
Terrapin Cup/ Colonies Zone LC Champs
The 6th Annual Terrapin Cup and 2010 Colonies Zone Long Course Meters Championship will be held August 21-22 at the University of Maryland in College Park, MD. Details and entry information can be found at http://www.terrapinmasters.org/LC2010/. As entries are being accepted exclusively online, please make sure your coaches and teammates assist those who may need access to a computer/internet for their entry.
Here's an interesting article about whether it's faster to swim in syrup than water from one of my former lanemates at Tuckahoe.
I thought you might enjoy seeing this article about Kelly Lemmon in the Summer 2010 issue of USAA Magazine.
Please go to page 3 for the article
Is your sunscreen actually protecting your family like it promises?
Of the 500 beach and sports sunscreens that EWG analyzed for our 2010 Sunscreen Guide, we can only recommend 8 percent. Between the false sense of security from sunscreens with an SPF of 50 or higher, and new data linking vitamin A to accelerated development of skin tumors and lesions, most products don't live up to their hype. In fact, EWG found that wearing a hat and shirt in the sun should be your first line of defense, then using an EWG recommended sunscreen. please check out the information www.ewg.org
Global Open Water Swimming Conference
If anyone would like to attend the Global Open Water Swimming Conference in Long Beach, California in June, where many of the top race directors and world’s most experienced coaches, swimmers and administrators will gather, network and make presentations, please check out the information at www.pacificopenwater.com
Huntington Beach, CA
Announcing Open Water swim PurpleSwim Baltimore 2010 In memory of Bud Beatty (formerly the Bud Beatty Memorial Swim)
- Sunday August 8, 2010
- Rocky Point Beach and Park
- 2200 Rocky Point Road Baltimore, MD 21221
$50 registration will be available online
$60 race day registration
Find more info at www.purpleswimbaltimore.org Registration will go live in March 2010
Tim Beatty, Volunteer Event Coordinator
Purple Swim Baltimore 2010
In Memory of Bud Beatty
Pancreatic Cancer Action Network
More about this event:
2010 Frank Murphy Award
This year I'm going to propose that we award the caps to any PV swimmers who swim 4 of the 5 postal events: One Hour Swim, 5k & 10K Postals, 3000- and 6000-yd Postals. There are accessible to everyone (as long as you can get time in a 50m pool for the 5k & 10k). Because the One Hour is past, I making the criteria 4 out of 5 events. We could give all swimmer who do that a cap and gift certificates to any who swim all 5 events. Please let me know what you think.
2009 Frank Murphy Award
Congratulations to Andrea Hunt and John Erb! For the first time, both winners are DC Masters. Points are accumulated for top 10 finishes in USMS Long Distance (Postal) and Open Water National Championships and tallied for all Potomac Valley swimmers. Andi swam the One Hour Postal and the 2-Mile Cable in Lake Placid, NY. John won with 78 points from six events: 5k Postal, 10k Postal, 3000-yd Postal, 6000- yd Postal, 2-mi OW Natl Champ (Canandaigua, NY) and the 2-mi Cable in Lake Placid.
The warm, turquoise waters of Grace Bay in the Turks & Caicos Islands will be the venue for a 1 mile open water swim race this summer on July 10. For information on participating in this event organized by Montgomery Ancient Mariners masters swimmer, Ben Stubenberg, please click on www.ecoseaswim.com
Thanks very much, Ben
The January Swimmers' Ear is available online at www.pvmasters.org/~newsletter/Jan-10/Jan10.htm.
Many thanks to our webmaster, Ray Novitske, who just directed the Tropical Splash meet and still put our newsletter up on the web.
JANUARY 27, 2010, 12:01 AM
From Sunday's NY Times Magazine
Phys Ed: How Exercising Keeps Your Cells Young
By GRETCHEN REYNOLDS Chev Wilkinson/Getty ImagesRecently, scientists in Germany gathered several groups of men and women to look at their cells’ life spans. Some of them were young and sedentary, others middle-aged and sedentary. Two other groups were, to put it mildly, active. The first of these consisted of professional runners in their 20s, most of them on the national track-and-field team, training about 45 miles per week. The last were serious, middle-aged longtime runners, with an average age of 51 and a typical training regimen of 50 miles per week, putting those young 45-mile-per-week sluggards to shame. From the first, the scientists noted one aspect of their older runners. It ‘‘was striking,’’ recalls Dr. Christian Werner, an internal-medicine resident at Saarland University Clinic in Homburg, ‘‘to see in our study that many of the middle-aged athletes looked much younger than sedentary control subjects of the same age.’’ Even more striking was what was going on beneath those deceptively youthful surfaces. When the scientists examined white blood cells from each of their subjects, they found that the cells in both the active and slothful young adults had similar-size telomeres. Telomeres are tiny caps on the end of DNA strands — the discovery of their function won several scientists the 2009 Nobel Prize in medicine. When cells divide and replicate these long strands of DNA, the telomere cap is snipped, a process that is believed to protect the rest of the DNA but leaves an increasingly abbreviated telomere. Eventually, if a cell’s telomeres become too short, the cell ‘‘either dies or enters a kind of suspended state,’’ says Stephen Roth, an associate professor of kinesiology at the University of Maryland who is studying exercise and telomeres. Most researchers now accept telomere length as a reliable marker of cell age. In general, the shorter the telomere, the functionally older and more tired the cell. It’s not surprising, then, that the young subjects’ telomeres were about the same length, whether they ran exhaustively or sat around all day. None of them had been on earth long enough for multiple cell divisions to have snipped away at their telomeres. The young never appreciate robust telomere length until they’ve lost it. Related
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When the researchers measured telomeres in the middle-aged subjects, however, the situation was quite different. The sedentary older subjects had telomeres that were on average 40 percent shorter than in the sedentary young subjects, suggesting that the older subjects’ cells were, like them, aging. The runners, on the other hand, had remarkably youthful telomeres, a bit shorter than those in the young runners, but only by about 10 percent. In general, telomere loss was reduced by approximately 75 percent in the aging runners. Or, to put it more succinctly, exercise, Dr. Werner says, ‘‘at the molecular level has an anti-aging effect.’’ There are plenty of reasons to exercise — in this column, I’ve pointed out more than a few — but the effect that regular activity may have on cellular aging could turn out to be the most profound. ‘‘It’s pretty exciting stuff,’’ says Thomas LaRocca, a Ph.D. candidate in the department of integrative physiology at the University of Colorado in Boulder, who has just completed a new study echoing Werner’s findings. In Mr. LaRocca’s work, people were tested both for their V02max — or maximum aerobic capacity, a widely accepted measure of physical fitness — and their white blood cells’ telomere length. In subjects 55 to 72, a higher V02max correlated closely with longer telomeres. The fitter a person was in middle age or onward, the younger their cells. There are countless unanswered questions about how and why activity affects the DNA. For instance, Dr. Werner found that his older runners had more activity in their telomerase, a cellular enzyme thought to aid in lengthening and protecting telomeres. Exercise may be affecting telomerase activity and not telomeres directly. In addition, Stephen Roth has been measuring telomeres and telomerase activity in a wide variety of tissues in mice and has found, he says, the protective effects from exercise only in some tissues. Another question is whether we must run 50 miles a week to benefit. The answer ‘‘can only be speculative at the moment,’’ Dr. Werner says, although since he jogs much less than that, he probably joins the rest of us in hoping not. Given his and his colleagues’ data, ‘‘one could speculate,’’ he concludes, ‘‘that any form of intense exercise that is regularly performed over a long period of time’’ will improve ‘‘telomere biology,’’ meaning that with enough activity, each of us could outpace the passing years.
Hope some of you can join us in Bermuda this year. Please pass along to your friends…… 20th Annual Bermuda Round the Sound Swim
- Sunday October 17th 2010
- 10K, 7.25K, 4K, 2K, 0.8K
- Information & Entry Form: www.AquaMoonAdventures.com
If you registered online last year or gave the registrar an email address, you should receive a message from him with a link to renew your membership. I encourage you to use it--it takes only a moment and a credit card to get thru the process. If you have moved or changed any of your contact information, it's a breeze to change when you register online. Trust me, it's safer than mailing a check! This past year I've worked with Club Assistant, the company that handles the registrations, and they are great! They're handling online entries for all the postal events, which, as vice chair of USMS Long Distance, I oversee.
Jeff (the registrar) will be sending me an email every time one of you renews, so I will then email you the DCM membership form. If you would prefer hard copies of the forms, please let me know and send me your address. I've already heard from one member who moved and won't have computer access.
If you have any questions, please email me or call me. Ann Svenson DCM Secretary
PS Don't forget to send Nancy Kirkendall your election ballots.
XIII FINA World Masters 2010 in Göteborg & Borås
I'm planning to go. If anyone else is, pls let me know.
USMS swimsuit ruling
Here is the link with the announcement from USMS regarding swimsuits in competition: www.usms.org/rules/20090601swimsuits.pdf
To thrive longer, get stronger
Consumer Reports Insights
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Which is more important for healthy aging: exercises that work the heart and lungs, or muscle- pumping strength training? ---- read this article
Top Ten News
1) LCM Top Ten for the 2008-09 season is now final and available on the USMS website: http://www.usms.org/comp/tt/
2) The 2009 SCM Top Ten season officially comes to an end today. Times from PV meets that will be submitted to USMS for Top Ten consideration are available here: http://www.pvmasters.org/comp.htm