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February 28,  2013

 Serving Northern California and Northwestern Nevada

Upcoming Events
New Insurance Requirements
The City Mile
Menlo Clinic
Workshop Rules of Swimming
Cal Aquatics Meet
Rinconada Meet
USF March Madness
PacMasters Championships
Re: Heart Rate Training
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We are starting to move in high gear in the swimming season. Four of the next five weekends have swimming events.



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Preliminary results of the USMS Hour Postal  have been posted. Davis Aquatic Masters has been the organizing group for the Hour swim. Check your times.


February 28th is the last day to swim for the Jon Steiner Memorial Mile. If you swim in either the TOC 1500 or the City Mile you can use your times from either swim to enter the postal event.


For those who will be competing at the PacMasters SCY Championships, Chris Stewart arranged a great rate at the Lafayette Park Hotel and Spa (see information about the PacMasters Championships below).


Fun, Fitness and Competition


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Michael Moore 


New Insurance Requirement
Affects ALL Clubs 
A new workout insurance requirement has been put into effect by our insurance carrier. 
Effective immediately, for a workout to be covered by USMS insurance, the person supervising the workout must be a USMS member. In the past, a USA Swimming certified coach was allowed to supervise the workouts, even if the USA Swimming certified coach was not a USMS member. This is no longer true; now if the person supervising the workout is a USA Swimming certified coach, he or she must also be a USMS member. Please be sure your coach is registered.  
They can register online by credit card at  Thank you in advance for your prompt attention to this new requirement.d.
The City Mile
The results of The City Mile have been posted. Thanks to Phong Pham, CCSF Aquatics Director and the CCSF Women's Swim Team for working at the meet and without whose help, we would not have had a meet.
Jacklyn Litman actual time came closest to her seed time (2.11 seconds) and won the $25 gift card There were eight swimmers who came within 10 seconds
Karlyn Pipes
Karlyn Pipes, Four-time World Masters Swimmer of the Year and multiple Masters World Record holder, returns to the Bay Area to present her popular Faster Freestyle Clinic on Saturday, March 2, 2013, from 4:00 to 7:00 PM, at Burgess Pool in Menlo Park. Karlyn uses her high energy style of teaching to deliver a fast-paced, fun clinic. Using easy to understand drills and techniques, Karlyn can teach you to become a faster, more efficient swimmer in just one clinic. For a sample of her approach, visit her website .
Clinic cost is $125. Space is limited. For more information call 650-330-2232. Register online at
Rules of Swimming
John King, our Officials chair, would like to have a workshop on the technical rules of swimming on a Wednesday evening in the south bay area. The workshop would go over the technical rules of our sport, describing what is allowed and what is not. For those who are interested in becoming a deck official, this would be the place to learn about what swimmers can legally do in a meet. If you are interested, please contact John King to let him know you are interested.
CAL Aquatics
10 March 
The Cal Aquatics meet will take place at the Spieker Aquatics Center on the University of California Berkeley campus. CAL Aquatics is the new name of the Strawberry Canyon Aquatic Masters. Same Great people, same great meet with just a new name. [ Registration ]
16 March 
The Rinconada Spring Meet will be on Saturday 16 March. For the distance swimmer, you can swim the 1000 free or the 1650 Butterfly (the 1650 fly is a special event and is only open to the first 14 registrants). [ Registration ]
USF March Madness
23 March 
The USF Masters will be celebrating the renovation of the long course pool by hosting the USF March Madness Meet. This meet is all of the 50 and 100's - a place for the sprinters to ply their craft. It will be the last meet before Championships. [ Registration ]
PacMasters Short Course Yard Championships
5-7 April 
Pacific Masters will again be holding the Short Course Yards Championships at the Soda Aquatic Center, Campolindo High School, Moraga, California, 5-7 April 2013
The three day meet  will be held in the 16 lane 25 yard x 50 Meter outdoor pool. Championships are a pre entry meet and there are no deck entries. The on-line entry deadline is 11:59 pm Wednesday 27 March. [ Registration ]
Meet Director Chris Stewart has arranged a great deal with the Lafayette Park Hotel and Spa.They created a block of rooms, for our  swimmers for $99.00 a night + tax for the Friday and/or Saturday.  All swimmers need to do is phone the hotel's 800 number and let the hotel know they are attending the "Pacific Masters Group Block."  The 800 number (800) 368-2468.
Re: Heart Rate Training
Heart Rate Training:

The age predicted heart rate training formulas should only be utilized at long arms length.  They have been subject to much scrutiny and controversy, and at times are 25% inaccurate.  Most importantly heart rate max is activity/sport specific, so running and swimming heart rates are not compatible.  The only correct way to use heart rate training is to undergo a physician supervised maximal stress type test and they should be specific to your sport.  There are reliable field tests that can be used but again for safety they should be in the presence of safety personel who are trained in EMS.  The fitness world grabbed a hold of predicted max heart rate training as if it was a window into scientific training.  It is not and is more of a marketing tool for equipment manufacturers.

John O'Dea M.S.
Personal Trainers.