December 2017 Newsletter

December 1, 2017


Amazingly, we have almost reached the end of the year!  December is really a great month to swim.  Even though we all get a bit frantic with the holidays, remember that swimming helps relieve stress and exercise will make you feel better.  Maybe try some of our special events that are set for during the month including the 400 KICK and New Year’s Eve Swim.  Join the fun!  See you at the pool!


December 25, Christmas, fitness center is CLOSED
December 26, holiday hours, TCAM workouts at 9:00, 10:00, 12:00 and 1:00
January 1, New Year’s Day, fitness center is CLOSED


Thank you to all who have already completed both the USMS and TCAM registrations for 2018.  We greatly appreciate your efforts.  We must check each registration and update information in our computers which does take a significant amount of time.  The FINAL DEADLINE  for completing registrations is FRIDAY, DECEMBER 15.  Those who miss the deadline will not be able to swim until both registrations are completed.  Please do your registrations NOW!!  Thank you.


This year we have decided to help two organizations at the holiday season.  During the week of December 4-8 we are asking all of our TCAM and TCA swimmers to help Interfaith with toilet paper and the Mother Lode Food Project with food items for a holiday dinner.  For Interfaith, we would like to have everyone bring at least 4 rolls of toilet paper.  The Mother Lode Food Project needs cranberry sauce, stuffing, canned vegetables and fruit, cornbread mix and anything else you think of that would make a nice dinner item.  Tables are already on the deck for your donations.   We greatly appreciate everyone helping others who are less fortunate at the holidays.


The annual postal 400 KICK event will be held on Wednesday, December 13 at 3:15.  The challenge is to kick 400 yards holding a kick board.  Many of our TCAM swimmers are awesome kickers while others are not quite as strong, but everyone can benefit from trying the kick event.  You can mix up your kick or do all the same.  The event is a dream come true for breaststrokers.  So take the challenge and join the fun.  Kickers will need one person to help with timing.  Volunteers would be greatly appreciated.  The entry fee is $10 an additional $20 if you would like a shirt.  Cash or checks are accepted with checks being made out to “Patti”.   The sign up sheet is on the deck, please include your helpers name the sheet.


Ring in the new year by swimming 2018 or 1009 yards at our annual New Year’s Eve swim on December 31 at 11:00 AM.  Everyone will start together so swimmers must arrive and be ready to start at 11:00.  The swim is a lot of fun.  Afterwards, we would like everyone to bring a homemade appetizer, or lunch-brunch item to share.


Our annual 1650 free and One Hour Swims will be held in January. I am encouraging all of our swimmers to either try the longer swims or do the 500 free.  All of the swims will count toward the 2018 Big Blue Challenge.  So do not wait to do your distance swim, sign up in January.  More details soon.


The coaches greatly appreciate our swimmers who regularly help with the removal and putting on of the pool covers.  With the increasing weight of the covers, we are finding that both processes are becoming more difficult.  We are asking for your help.  We especially need help by our male swimmers on Tuesday and Thursday at 11:45, Saturday at 7:45 and on Sunday at 10:15 to remove the covers.  We again need more help putting the covers on after the evening workouts and after the Sunday lap swim. We are continuing to try to find another solution to this problem, but we greatly appreciate your help.  Thank you.

TCA will be starting Friday workouts on December 1, so the 2:00 TCAM workout will not be covering the pool as we have been doing for the past several months.


Since we take attendance, we do notice if you miss swimming for an extended period of time.  If you know in advance of an upcoming vacation or surgery, please let the coaches know of your dates of absence and we will record the dates on our attendance sheet.  If you are ill and have been absent, you can contact us by email.  We do miss you.


I would like to wish everyone a very happy holiday season.  Enjoy your family, friends and especially swimming friends through out the month.  Keep swimming!!