The monthly Pacific Masters meeting is Wednesday 20 February. It is a conference call that will commence at 7:00pm. All members are invited to attend and all clubs are asked to have a representative. Please contact our Registrar, Nancy Ridout for telephone number and password. The meeting is deadline for the Coach of the Year nominations.
In The 50 Year old Freshman a film, about Walnut Creek Swimmer Suzanne Heim-Bowen, won the Power of Film Award at the Beloit International Film Festival.
Age-predicted maximal heart rate (HRmax): Many of us have heard that our maximum heart rate should be 220 minus your age (220 - your age). I came across a study done at the University of Texas about 12 years ago that was published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. The conclusion was
"1) A regression equation to predict HRmax is 208 − 0.7 × age in healthy adults.
2) HRmax is predicted, to a large extent, by age alone and is independent of gender and habitual physical activity status. Our findings suggest that the currently used equation underestimates HRmax in older adults.
Personally, it means my HRmax is seven bpm higher - Now I have to work harder to get to 80%.
Call for Pacific Masters Coach of the Year Nominations. For many of us, Masters' swimming is about our coach. He/she is the one who creates workouts to keep us fit and achieve our goals; motivates us when we are down; and makes staring at a black line for 60 minutes seem like a worthwhile activity. Each year at the Pacific Masters Short Course Yard Championships the organization recognizes a coach with the Coach of the Year Award. The only way your coach can be selected is if you or your teammates take the time to nominate him/her. This year nominations are due before the February Board meeting at 7:00 pm on February 20. The nominating requirements, selection criteria and process are documented in the PacMasters Administrative Handbook and or a shortened version can be viewed by clicking here. Nominations can be sent to me at email@example.com or to the Coaches Chair, Cokie Lepinski, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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