This will be the last full newsletter to go out to the general Tri-Dawg population. All other newsletters will go to those who have signed up at tridawgs.org only. See details below.
New Tri-Dawg Website and Membership
Must Be a Member of the Tri-Dawgs or a Guest of a Tri-Dawg. A guest can come one time and then they must join the Tri-Dawgs to continue coming. Please introduce your guest to Vince LaFashia or Margaret LaFashia (or the assigned Tri-Dawg leading the swim that particular evening) so we are aware that there is someone new in attendance. If you bring a guest, you are responsible for your guest and should swim with them.
The OWS is NOT open to members of other teams, while we are a supportive group, this is a Tri-Dawg ONLYsponsored event
Must Sign-In & MORE importantly, you Must Sign-Out
You cannot enter the water until you have signed in (a notebook will be present when you arrive). ALSO Please do not leave for your car until you sign out. This is also your signature letting us know that you are swimming with the understanding that you are "swimming at your own risk". Must wear a BRIGHT colored swim cap
Dark Blue and Black swim caps are NOT considered bright. This is so the kayakers can see you. If you do not have a swim-cap or forgot one, please try and borrow from a teammate. You cannot swim without a swim cap. Please do not enter the water before and you must be out of the water by
No swimming without kayakers in the water. If you are half way thru a lap and you see the kayakers pulling the buoys, you turn around with them. NO exception.
Please keep the buoys to your left (so counter clockwise circle swimming)
This is to help collisions in the water from happening. You do not need to swim to the furthest buoy to turn around, however you must stay between the first and last buoy, you can turn around whenever you like, just do it with caution and keep the buoys to your left. Please Swim with Caution
The people in the kayaks are lifeguards, however you are swimming at your own risk. They will assist if you need it but you should be able to swim. If you see a fellow teammate struggling, you STOP and ASSIST and yell to a kayaker.
Last year, a number of the TriDawgs had joined the Mike Clark Legacy Foundation group with course marshalling in the Wawaset neighborhood during the Delaware Marathon, and they are asking us to join them again this year. Here is a note from Andrea (Ladany) Riley:
Thank you for being an important friend and supporter of The Mike Clark Legacy Foundation!
In recent years, MCLF committee members and supporters take on the very important job of course marshals in the beautiful Wawaset Park neighborhood. This is a critical role ensuring runner safety, traffic control and providing motivation to the runners. There are 25 corners to cover. We had several TriDawgs join us last year and would love to have your support once again!
You will be invited to participate in the post-race festivities at the Riverfront. You’ll also be provided with an event t-shirt, safety vest, whistle, and convenient parking. Further instructions will be provided as the date gets closer.
The DMRF is requiring each volunteer to register through this link: http://dmrf.ivolunteer.com/event_004 then scroll down to Wawaset Area Course Marshals
(If you plan on covering that spot all day, please register for both shifts)
Please consider volunteering your time on. It’s a fun day!
Years ago I wrote a weekly blog for the club website. I thought it would be interesting to look back at those blogs and republish them here. I have edited out a few irrelevant parts.
The drill we did at practice was the centerline drill. Very simply you swim down the middle of the lane and focus on making sure your hand entry does not cross over the black lane line. The most common mistake that triathletes make is the hand entry swinging past the centerline of the body. This causes your body to swish back and forth and the first phase of the pull will be to the side and not backward. You can help correct this by making sure you are keeping your elbows higher than your hands on the recovery phase. Another drill to correct this is swimming with your head up which is also good practice for sighting.