GRIN News and Notes
Read the latest from our Chair, register NOW with USMS, hear from our Fitness Chair, and check out upcoming area meets, including the 2nd Annual GRIN Winter Postal Challenge, the USMS One Hour Swim, and the 2017 GRIN Short Course State Championships.
A Word from Our Chair
Make a Goal!
Are you training for the State Meet April 8 & 9 in Munster? Are you using our State meet as a warm up for the USMS Nationals in Riverside, CA, on April 27th? Is your focus April's Adult Learn to Swim Month? Did you swim the USMS One-Hour Postal? You have until the end of February this year! Have you tried the Pentathlon Challenge or are you swimming to join the 100 Mile Club? Whatever your goal, make that goal a priority this year. Swim for a reason; give yourself a challenge this year. Work towards something purposeful! See what amazing things you can do for yourself or others.
That is what works for me. I need a goal. I have to have a purpose for my swimming or I just go through the motions. I love to swim Open Water and to teach adults. My favorite is April's Adult Learn to Swim initiative. Our team gives free Adult swim lessons in April. It is so wonderful to help an adult become safe in the water for the first time in their life! Many teams offer this. If you are interested in starting an adult learn-to-swim program for your team, just let me know. I can help with ideas.
Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know what goals you have this year! Maybe you can inspire someone else!
Renew your USMS Membership for 2017 NOW!
It's (past) time to renew your USMS membership for 2017. Among other benefits, your USMS membership provides the insurance that covers you while on deck and is required to swim with GRIN-registered programs. New membership cards can be printed upon registration. If you need help with your registration, please let us know.
A Word from our Fitness Chair
It is easy to stay indoors in the warmth of the fireplace during the winter months, but this is the best season for training - no matter what your event. All you need is dedication and the drive to achieve your goals. We all feel better when we can get outside and feel the cooler temperatures on our faces. Just remember to dress in layers and remove the top layer as you get warm. When the weather is not cooperating, bring your training inside and remember to make your workouts fun and train with a friend. Know your pace and challenge yourself to go a step above.
To keep you fueled, here is a great recipe for protein balls I love to grab on the go:
Simply mix, form into balls, and refrigerate for 2 hours.
Please let me know if there are topics you'd like to learn more about. Don't forget to share your goals with me (email@example.com) and I will help keep you on track.
- 2 cups peanut butter
- 2 scoops protein powder
- 1/3 cup molasses
- 1 tablespoon honey
- Flack seed
GRIN's 100-Mile Club
Need a new fitness goal for 2017? Strive to be in GRIN's 100-Mile Club (or 200-Mile, 300-Mile, etc.) Swimmers can track their swimming totals using the USMS Fitness Log (FLOG), which is free to all USMS members. Simply log in to My USMS (first time users will have to create their account), enter Go the Distance, and log your daily yardage. Swimmers who attain 100-mile increments will be recognized in our newsletter and on the GRIN website. Set your goals, set up your FLOG, and get to the pool! Who will be 1st to swim 100 miles?
2017 GRIN Winter Postal Challenge
Here's your chance to compete against other GRIN members from the comfort of your own pool in the 2017 GRIN Winter Postal Challenge. Participants can choose from one of the following Challenges or swim up to 5 events of their own choosing.
The GRIN Winter Postal Challenge will take place from January 1 - February 28, 2017. Online entries are being accepted now. Are you ready for the challenge?
- Sprint Pentathlon - 25’s of each stroke + 100 IM
- Mid-Distance Pentathlon - 50’s of each stroke + 200 IM
- Distance Pentathlon - 100’s of each stroke + 400 IM
USMS One Hour ePostal National Championship
The USMS One Hour ePostal National Championship is taking place in January AND February 2017. Your objective is to swim as far as possible in one hour in any pool you choose that is 25 yards or longer (If you swim in a meters pool, the final distance will be automatically converted by the online entry system). Some people do the One Hour Postal event for competition, while others do it for fitness; all who wish to participate are welcome. Event results are sent in electronically or by mail so you can compare yourself to other swimmers doing the same event.
2017 Mardi Gras Masters Meet
Head to Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, THIS WEEKEND (Saturday, 2/04) for a great early season test at the 2017 Mardi Gras Masters Meet. With great racing in a fast pool, this is one meet that never disappoints. Online registration is now open, so make plans to compete.
Cole Center Family YMCA Spring Fever Invitational
Head to Kendallville for the Cole Center Family YMCA's Spring Fever Invitational on Saturday, March 11. This is a fun, low-key meet and is a great opportunity for the first time Masters swimmer. The Cole Center Family YMCA Masters team are great hosts and provide a video of the meet during a free meal after the meet concludes. State records have been broken in this fast pool. Entry information is now available, so make your plans to compete now!
2017 GRIN Short Course State Championships
Hosted by the Munster Masters Association, the 2017 GRIN Short Course State Championships will be held on Saturday, April 8, thru Sunday, April 9. The annual championship meet will take place at the beautiful Jon Jepsen Aquatic Center located at Munster High School in Munster, IN. The GRIN State Meet typically draws competitors from all over the state and this year's meet will be no exception. It's a great opportunity to race fast, meet new friends, and reconnect with old friends.
2017 Nationwide USMS Spring National Championships
The 2017 U.S. Masters Swimming Spring National Championship will be held April 27 - 30 at the Riverside Aquatics Complex in Riverside, California. This facility boasts two 9-lane 25-yard competition courses plus ample warm-up lanes. Swim in up to 3 events without meeting National Qualifying Times; swim up to 6 events with qualifying times. Online entry will be available shortly.
What Do You Think?
Let us know what you think. We'd love to hear your suggestions for improving Masters swimming in Indiana. Check out the GRIN website, join our Facebook page, and get in the conversation. Contact us with your suggestions, feedback, and questions. We look forward to hearing from YOU!