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GRIN News and Notes

Hear from our new Chair, read the latest from our Fitness Chair, find information about the next GRIN meeting, and notice who joined the 100-Mile Club this month.

A word from our Chair

Hello Masters,

I had no idea what retirement looked like until a month ago. I was the same as you, rush to morning practice, work, then rush back to the pool for ALTS lessons. The left bicep was giving me grief. Wow, we all know what happened next. Retirement preview. There's not a thing I can say that isn't repeated multiple times a day, everyday for the last 8 weeks about this virus and its effects. But, for us swimmers it was like having a hard set in the first couple of weeks, then our lane-mate points to the {4x}. Groan.

If you're getting this, you've been getting some nice emails from the USMS National office on staying in shape while dry. They're working hard on staying on top of the circumstances we're facing and communicating. Open water season is starting and there's some great articles to get ready while waiting on the water to warm. Use the filter for a wealth of information here;

The GRIN Board's asked by USMS to consider and discuss an approach to the unified fee, what meets will look like, and to collectively find ways to make the most of this tough situation we all are facing. With Covid19, undoubtedly here for awhile yet, we'll look forward to idea's from all the LMSC's.

With all the cancellations already, virtual is the word we're hearing a lot of lately. The USMS Convention will be, why not meets? If we get all our pools open, maybe that's what we'll have some fun with this winter, after some training. Ahem.

Hang in there swimmers. We have a sport like none other, we swim for so, so many reasons. Mental health is right up there with swimming for physical reasons. We'll get back, and this will behind us soon. Hopefully, not another {4x}, ever.


Jerrilynn Bayless, GRIN Chair

A word from our Fitness Chair

Open Water Swimming
With pools and gyms being closed, I thought we should start thinking about open water swimming. 

When everything is going well in the pool, it’s time to confront the next challenge: open
water swimming. Just think of it as trail running as opposed to running on the track. You just
need to make some adjustments.
  • Stop panicking about not being able to see or touch the bottom. Concentrate on
  • streamlining on the surface of the water.The reliable black line isn’t on the bottom, so stay with the pack of other swimmers and learn to sight for the buoys to keep on track.
  • Be constantly vigilant about everything going on around you: where the other swimmers are, where you are on the course, water/wave conditions, etc.
  • Don’t fear choppy water; use it as traction for your stroke. Feel the natural rhythm of the water’s movements and work with it, don’t fight it.
  • Expect and accept that there may be some moments when you’re unable to take a breath because of water hitting your face. Stay calm and try again in the next stroke cycle.
  • If wetsuits are allowed and the water isn’t too warm (80-plus degrees), wear a wetsuit. The added buoyancy keeps your body close to the surface and therefore frees up some energy you’d otherwise expend on maintaining stability.
Don’t let being a novice swimmer stop you from at least trying to train for a triathlon! Be
patient with yourself and remain completely open to learning this vital life skill.
Read more about open water swimming in the article in USA Swimming by Erica Slaughter.

Ron Gatte, Fitness Chair

GRIN's 100-Mile Club

Congratulations go out to the newest GRIN members who havelogged over 100 miles in the water this year:
  • Robin Walker, Indy Aquatic Masters
  • Molly Meyer, Indy Aquatic Masters
Want to join the 100-Mile Club (or 200-Mile, 300-Mile, etc.) in 2020? Just track your swimming totals using the USMS Fitness Log (FLOG), which is free to all USMS members. Log into 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 (soon, hopefully!)

GRIN Meeting Notice

Please join us over Zoom for our upcoming GRIN Meeting on June 15th
at 8:00pm ET

To Join Zoom Meeting:

Meeting ID: 868 0805 7907
Password: grinswim

Or Dial in:
+1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)
(Ex: +13126266799,,86808057907#,,1#,426441#)
Password: 426441

We look forward to hearing your input!

Upcoming Meets & Events

Upcoming meets have been cancelled due to Covid-19 concerns, but word on the street is that virtual meets may be in your future?! Please keep checking back as things gradually return to normal. Most importantly, stay healthy.

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!

Greater Indiana Masters Swimming (GRIN) is an organization that provides organized workouts, competitions, clinics, and workshops for adults aged 18 and over. We are an affiliate of U.S. Masters Swimming (USMS). Programs are open to all adult swimmers (fitness, triathlete, competitive, non-competitive) who are dedicated to improving their fitness through swimming.
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