June 2017 Newsletter

June 1, 2017


Summer weather is just around the corner, the pool is wet and now is the perfect time to join your swimming friends at the pool for your daily workout. See you at the pool!


The pool will be closed TOMORROW at 3:00 PM on Friday, 2 through Sunday, June 4 for super chlorination. TCAM workouts on Saturday, June 3 and lap swim on Sunday, June 4 are cancelled.


We are in the final week of our 2017 Big Blue Challenge. The three month weekly timed swims have been a huge success. Many swimmers have challenged themselves to try new events and distances. Better yet, swimmers are learning their times for the non-free strokes at all three distances, 50, 100 and 200. The deadline is coming quickly for everyone who entered the challenge to turn in their result sheets. The results of the timed swims are available on the deck in black binders plus extra result sheets. You have the option of recording the times or dates of each of your swims. The final deadline to turn in the result sheets is WEDNESDAY, JUNE 7. Do not miss out on your award for completing the challenge.


The Friends and Neighbors Senior Expo might be of interest to some of our swimmers. The expo will be held on June 7 from 10:00-3:00 at the fairgrounds. TCAM will have a booth providing information about our program. TCAM swimmers, Ted Michaud and Jim Lee would appreciate any drop-in help at the booth.


The Oakdale Masters are hosting their first meet on Saturday, June 17. The meet entry sheet is posted on the board. They are offering multiple events plus team relays. The meet will be small and the travel distance is short. The meet would be perfect for first time meet swimmers. The meets are fun!! Entries are done online and the deadline is June 15. Relays are determined by the coaches and are paid for by the team. Sign up with the coaches if you are going.


The Pacific Masters open water season has begun. We have already had several TCAM swimmers participate in the first swim of the year. If you like distance swimming at your own pace, why not try an open water event. The open water schedule is located on the Pacific Masters website.


The next tryout for the TCA summer swimming program is June 5 and 6. If you have children or grandchildren who love to swim, our program is for them. The swimmers practice daily and have several team and travel meets throughout the summer. The perfect summer activity. TCA Flyers are located on the desk at the fitness center. Talk with Casey for more details and questions,


July 14-16                       Pacific Masters Long Course Championships, San Jose, individual and relay events

August 27                       PINECREST SWIM

October 13-14                 Pacific Masters Short Course Championships, Walnut Creek, individual and relay events

October 28 (tentative)     TCAM PUMPKIN MEET


We are only three months away from our annual Pinecrest swim. Are you ready?? If you are swimming on a regular weekly basis and have done the 1650, then probably yes you are ready. If not, now is the time to swim more often each week, maybe try one of the open water swims offered by Pacific Masters, swim a mile on the weekend during lap swim without stopping. We also need many volunteers to help put on the swim. Mark your calendar and plan to swim or help at the Pinecrest swim.


Remember when you first started swimming with TCAM. You had the same concerns as everyone else. Will I know what to do, can I keep up, will I be to slow for the lane, what if I don’t understand the workout, what if I can’t do all the strokes, what if I can’t swim straight??? We have all been there. Please try to welcome new swimmers to your lane, or those who are just trying a new workout time. Swimming with a lane who already know each other and who leads and who follows, can be very intimidating for someone trying to fit in. Put yourself in their situation. Remember everyone is at practice to have an enjoyable, great workout.


As a reminder if you are going on vacation, have a scheduled surgery or absence or if you have been ill for over several days, please let the coach know either in advance or email me. We do worry and wonder why you are missing at the pool. Thank you.