Sunday, April 13, 2014
Once you do 100 One Hundred's, what's left... 101 One Hundred's! So, on a Sunday morning in April, (April 13, 2014), Sal (pictured above) and Paul (hanging on the wall below) decided to up last Fall's 10,000 yard swim with an extra 100. Hence, the "101 Dalmatians" reference. Though they were the only ones to swim the full distance, they were joined throughout their swim by numerous other Huntington Masters Swimmers in a near endless line that kept the Norton Pool constantly churned. Congratulations Sal and Paul!
Sunday, April 06, 2014
He was in a full wetsuit and wasn't really swimming -- just jumping up and down in the shore break but, he was in the water. Like a Robin is the sign of Spring, I take this sighting as a sign that true Open Water Swimming is not really that far away for Long Island Swimmers. At least, the hardy ones! You probably won't catch me out there till well into the Summer! Till then, see you in the pool.
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
The book title says SUMMER.
The calendar says SPRING.
And the weather forecast and actual temperature shouted WINTER!
Last night, when we were threatened with several inches of snow, (we actually got none!), we had a wonderfully warm and snow-free Book Launch at Book Revue in Huntington for Gae's newest book, "The Summer Of Letting Go".
Surrounded by family, friends, fans and fellow swimmers, Gae gave a terrific introduction to her newest YA creation. She included a Q&A and a 10 minute reading from THE SUMMER OF LETTING GO. After the reading, Yolanda leaned over to me and whispered, "I wonder if it comes in a Kindle edition?" It does! So Gae, you can count on at least one Kindle sale!
The rest of you will have to get your own copy. I'm sure Gae will be happy to autograph it for you at West Neck Beach after one of our Open Water Swims. Warmer weather is on the way... till then, see you in the pool!
Gae's "Author" picture above (at the beach, of course!). Book Cover below.
Saturday, March 01, 2014
March 1, 2014: Huntington NY. The sun is already up but the temperature outside certainly wasn't! But, we were lucky to be able to drive to the pool without worrying about snow on the roads -- we'll have that in another 36 hours or so as the forecast is for another Winter Snow Storm. Will Open Water Swimming EVER get here this year? I don't know about you, but I think it's been unusually cold and snowy winter!
Photo ABOVE: Scott, Nancy and Sal
Photo BELOW: Paul, Scott, Nancy, Mike, Sal, Margot, Chris and Katie
My thanks to Paval for taking the picture above and below so I could actually be in a photo. I need to do a brief explanation of the picture below.
As I was watching Paval take the picture above, I noted that he pushed the camera down as he clicked the shutter. Who knew that the camera was smart enough to self-correct and get a relatively in-focus photo? I didn't! And in the picture Paval snapped below, I was attempting to show him how to gently push down on the shutter without jerking the camera. He caught me and I guess that I will now have to admit to my wife that "Yes, I sometimes am a bit of a control freak".
Picture BELOW: Scott, Nancy, Mike's finger, Mike, Sal, Margot and Chris (Can you tell who is enjoying hearing Paval getting a lecture?)
Looks like Paval enjoyed the lecture too!
OK, Sal is going to have to tell us what he was thinking of in the picture below. The look cries out for a "thought bubble" but what? Any suggestions?
Picture BELOW: Tommy, Don, Sal, Sal's Eyes and Paul
Picture BELOW: Katie's got her elbow high coming into the wall. Sal is leading the line. And Paul, well, he tells me it's a flip turn but....
Picture BELOW: And, last into the workout (while I was on my way out) was Bob! But even a late swim is better than no swim! And, Bob did show up, unlike a number of other swimmers who we did not even see this Saturday morning.
Friday, February 21, 2014
The Fins are a BIG hint to help you identify this young Huntington Masters Swimmer, (pictured BEFORE there was a Huntington Masters Swim Team). The Year this picture was taken? Well, hairstyle and facial hair might be another BIG hint.
Need More Hints? The Academy Award Winner for Best Picture, (though the picture below has our vote!), that year was PATTON and the Best Actor Winner was George C Scott who actually refused to accept either the nomination or the award! Enough Hints and no fair Googling the answer as we've printed the answer under the picture -- don't peek until you've finished guessing!
The picture was taken in 1971 and is our own Bob Miller
Friday, February 07, 2014
On Sunday morning, February 2, 2014, The Indoor Tri at the Huntington Y was held once again on SuperBowl Sunday. A great way to "lose" some calories BEFORE all those SuperBowl parties got going! Thanks to Jeff Urquhart for these pictures!
Tuesday, February 04, 2014
We do seem to be getting our fair share of snow this winter... maybe even a bit more than many of us would like... especially those longing for an open water swim! However, each day in the snow is another day closer to Spring. In the meantime, turning the camera around from the piled up snow around the parking lot reveals a sunny Tuesday morning that has a certain charm until you listen to the latest weather forecast of MORE snow, sleet, ice and rain still to come this week. Get in the pool while you can!