California Experts Trade 10K Knowledge And Experiences

California Experts Trade 10K Knowledge And Experiences

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Swimmers from all around Northern California and the Pacific Masters Swim Committee jam-packed into a meeting room in Walnut Creek, California to learn the basics of swimming a 10K.

Open water experts Lisa Hazen (shown on left), Suzanne Heim-Bowen, Dave Brancamp, Morgan Filler and Suzie Dods explained how to train, what to eat, how to keep focused in a long swim and recovery tactics.

Mike Carr of the Santa Rosa Masters hosted the 2.5-hour workshop that was divided into three parts. Lisa and Suzanne led off with a realistic and entertaining presentation that was often peppered with personal experiences that covered everything from workouts that increase yardage to incorporating dryland training.

They encouraged the crowd to tackle the preparation and the swim in small bites. “At the start of the swim, don’t focus on the total distance. That could be overwhelming. Break it down into small pieces that you know you can do,” advised Lisa.

Bill McCracken, event director of the new Lake Del Valle swim, described the 5 km and 10 km event that will take place in June, giving the participants something concrete to shoot for. The participants then had a chance to ask the experts during a Share the Knowledge panel discussion.

We never expected this kind of interest,” said Glenda Carroll, Open Water Chair Pacific Masters Swimming. “Northern California is lucky to have so many excellent distance swimmers that are willing to share their experience and expertise. All of us learned what it will take to swim a 10K. It’s up to us now.”

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