Coyote Point,San Mateo Open Water Workout 5/8

Coyote Point,San Mateo Open Water Workout 5/8

Post by Lee Rudi » Thu, 29 Apr 1999 04:00:00


8:15
a.m.)

SWIM
If you are planning to swim from Alcatraz or across the Golden Gate this
year,
this is the one SFBSA workout that most closely approximates the rough
water
conditions of these two preeminent Bay Area swims.  If you can swim
Coyote
Point, you can rest assured that youll successfully complete Alcatraz
and the
Gate.

To accommodate the varying skill levels of all swimmers, we will have
three
distance options:  .65 mile, 1.1 mile and 1.8 mile.  All three swims
start
and finish on the beach.

We will begin the workout promptly at 9:00 a.m. and should conclude no
later
than 10:30 a.m.

SAFETY Since the objective of SFBSA is to provide you with safe
opportunities
in which to practice your open-water swimming skills, the following is
offered to enhance your safety and comfort:

The water temperature will be 53 - 55 degrees.  I definitely recommend a

wetsuit.  You will also be required to wear a brightly colored
florescent
***swim cap (for both warmth and safety).  Spending $25 for a
Barracuda
Hothead Thermal Cap is highly recommended. All three courses will
parallel
the shore.  At no time will you ever be in water that is more than
three-five
feet deep.  If you should have problems, don't panic - simply stand-up
and
walk out of the water.  I will also be in a kayak for  safety and
support.
There is no current. After the swim, there are changing facilities
including
showers.  Bring a warm change of clothing.  And take it from experience
-
absent a sauna in which to warm up, you are strongly encouraged to bring
a
thermos of hot tea or broth. Going for a short 10-20 minute run is also
another excellent method to warm up and there are some scenic  jogging
trails
in the park.

REGISTRATION Registration will begin at 8:15 a.m.  YOU WILL BE REQUIRED
TO
SHOW PROOF OF U.S. MASTERS SWIMMING MEMBERSHIP (unless youve done so at
one
of our previous swims).

Since this is not a race, there is no race fee charged.  However, there
is a
nominal fee of $3 for SFBSA members and $5 for non SFBSA members.
There is
also a $4 per vehicle Park admission fee.

DIRECTIONS From the North, you literally will be making a Figure 8
getting
off 101 and into the Park.  Allow EXTRA time in case you get lost!!
Take 101
south to Poplar Avenue (you will be going west).  Go to the first
traffic
light at Humboldt Street and make a right (now you will be going
north).  Go
to Peninsula Avenue and make another right that will take you back over
101
(you will be going east).  Once you get over 101, Peninsula Avenue veers
to
the left (north) and then clover leafs / u-turns on itself to go south.
Make
your first left onto Coyote and youre at the Park.  (Also follow the
green
directional signs to the Park once you get off 101.)

From the South, take 101 north to the Dore Ave. / N. Bayshore Blvd. exit
and
follow parallel to 101 until you reach Coyote Point Park.

Stop at the Park Entrance Gate, pay the $4 Park admission fee (per
vehicle)
and then make your first left.  Follow the road all the way around to
the
beach and park.  Look for my green Volkswagen Passat station wagon with
the
roof rack.

AFTERTHOUGHT Coyote Point is a great day trip destination that can
provide a
wide variety of opportunities:  picnic areas with barbecue pits,
beaches,
windsurfing, bike riding, jogging, fishing, boating and sailing.  There
is
also the spectacular Coyote Point Museum which is the only environmental

science museum in the Bay Area.  Exhibits include six major ecosystems
found
in the Bay Area.  The Wildlife Habitat, adjacent to the museum, houses
live
reptiles, amphibians, mammals and birds.

This promises to be another most enjoyable morning.  If you have friends
who
are Masters Swimmers and might be interested, please pass the word on to

them.  If you have any questions, please contact me at (650) 359-3773.
I
look forward to seeing you on May 8th. If you would like to receive
future
swim notices electronically, email me; and thanks for helping save
costs.

Gary
Gary A. Emich
650.359.3773

 For more information about  other open water swimming opportunities,
visit
www.slip.net/~leeway/sfbsa.html
--
Lee Rudin
San Francisco Triathlon Training Sites
http://SportToday.org/~leeway/

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