CUBU Masters held their third open water practice in Pohick Bay on Sunday morning, August 19, 2007. The first wave of 40 swimmers entered the water at 0715, and despite a very low tide at the start, the water temperature and conditions were excellent for quality open water training. A second wave of another 40 swimmers entered the water at 0850, and by 1000, all swimmers were back on shore.
These open water practices, co-sponsored by Tri-Team Z and CUBU Masters, have become very popular, with an average of 85 swimmers participating in the first three sessions this summer. Swimmers begin the swim at a buoy moored just offshore of the Pohick personal watercraft beach and complete as many laps around a precisely measured 750 m course as they prefer, or as time allows. The maximum swim time is approximately 2 hrs and 45 minutes (0715 – 1000).
To enhance safety, swimmers are assigned small groups of bright, numbered caps. Power boats patrol the perimeter of the measured course, to prevent boat traffic from entering the swim area, and kayaks and “escort” swimmers further enhance safety and also provide stroke technique feedback.
For those tri-athletes seeking to maximize their training day, a run is organized beginning at 1015, with distance options ranging from 5-20K. Both the swim and the run are followed by a picnic and BBQ.
Depending on demand, one final open water swim may be scheduled in mid-October. Please refer to this website for additional updates.
Stay tuned in the following weeks for the following planned additions to our website:
Curl Burke (CUBU) Masters, in affiliation with the the Curl Burke Swim Club, offers a world class swimming program for adult swimmers and tri-athletes.
With four year-round training locations in Northern Virginia, and one location in Northwest D.C., and additional summer outdoor pools, CUBU Masters offers quality early morning and/or evening pool workouts at each of its sites.
Though each of these sites has retained its uniqueness and small team charactor and appeal, our entire team occassionally pulls together for carefully planned open water swimming, cross training opportunities, water polo practices and matches, and regional and national Masters swimming competitions, thereby enjoying the benefits of a much larger team. read more→