3000/6000 ePostal swims, Superior re-opens tomorrow

Hello SOMA swimmers,

Happy early Halloween!  Fall is here and, now that the days are shorter and cooler, most of us shift our routines from outdoor activities to more indoor activities.  For many of us, that means more pool time with our swim friends!

Those of us here in the Medford area have been without a pool this week, as Superior Athletic Club closed the pool for annual maintenance.  Good news is that the pool will reopen tomorrow morning, so we can get back in and start working hard again!  And perhaps the best part is that the pool will be a little cooler than normal for at least tomorrow and probably Tuesday.

3000/6000 ePostal National Championship Swims

So….with the cooler water temperature at Superior, who wants to do their 3000 and/or 6000 ePostal this week?  I’ve done both of mine already, just completing my 3000 over on the coast in Coos Bay on Friday.  To my knowledge, Barry Fasbender and I are the only SOMA swimmers to have done one of these two ePostals this year, so SOMA needs more people to represent!

The 3000 ePostal is the shortest of the 5 ePostal swims offered each year and most everyone should be able to finish in an hour or less, so do this one as part of your practice sometime between now and November 15th.  I will happily time anyone who wants to do either distance (3000 or 6000) at Superior Athletic Club.  Contact me to arrange a time and day!  More information about the two fall ePostal swims can be found here:https://www.clubassistant.com/club/meet_information.cfm?c=1287&smid=10720

Ralph Mohr will time anyone over on the southern coast in the Mingus Pool.  Contact him to arrange a day and time: rmohr1565@charter.net

2018 Postal Two-Mile Relay

Another fun and excellent conditioning event that was recently started is the Postal Two-Mile Relay event, hosted by the Tualatin Hills Barracudas.  Unlike relays for the ePostal National Championships, which are generated after everyone has swum the events, this is a real-time relay where team members swim together, taking turns swimming 100 yards (or meter) consecutively until 3600 yards is complete.  Team sizes can be 2, 3 or 4 swimmers.  This is an excellent sprint workout, so start recruiting your team members today to get have some fun and get in a great workout.  More information is attached, along with records for the event, and event registration and even more information can be found here:

Upcoming Events

I mentioned these in a previous email but wanted to be sure no one missed them.  The meet on November 10th in Hood River will be followed up by a social at Double Mountain Brewery afterward, which promises to be a fun time!  The Tualatin Hills Barracudas reached out to me to try to get some SOMA interest in this meet.  I believe we have 4 SOMA swimmers already signed up.  T-Hills would like to do some “for fun” 400 medley relays at the end of the meet, assembled on deck to make it fun, and awarding gag gifts and bragging rights to the winners.  Should be a blast!

And there is still a good-sized group of us who are planning to attend the meet in Federal Way, Washing on November 17-18, so please join us if you can swing it!

November 10, Hood River Short Course Meters Meet:

November 17-18, Puget Sound Masters SCM Championship Meet:https://www.clubassistant.com/club/meet_information.cfm?c=1534&smid=10826

See you all poolside sometime soon, I hope!