More Big Shoulders stats, from my custom-made aggregate file. Here’s the proportion of Big Shoulders participants hailing from Illinois, Indiana, and “other” – i.e., anyplace besides IL and IN. Clearly, Illinois locals still predominate, but recent years have seen a greater influx of out-of-state swimmers. In 2009, almost 30% came from outside of Illinois and… Read more »
Monthly Archives:: August 2010
See background post below, or here. What: 5,000 long-course meters – for time When: Friday, August 27, 2010. 5:45pm CDT Where: Flames Natatorium, University of Illinois-Chicago Why: Why not? Training context: Monday, 4900 LCM; Tuesday, 5600 LCM; Wednesday, 4100 LCM; Thursday, 2800 SCY; Friday morning, 1 mile open-water Gear (for any doubting Thomases out there… Read more »
As my former Sharks teammates know, I attempted the USMS 5K Postal Championship (5,000 long-course meters for time, in your home pool, between 5/15 and 9/15) back on June 27, two days before my wife and I moved from Columbus to Chicago. For various reasons, it didn’t work out too well. Both mentally and physically,… Read more »
More fun with Big Shoulders stats. We’ve been looking at participation – so what about age? Masters swimming is traditionally dominated by people in their 40′s and 50′s – is the same true here? It seems the modal age is actually a bit younger in Big Shoulders – lots of people in their 30′s. But… Read more »
Splits tell the story of a race. It’s perhaps even truer in open-water swimming than in the pool, because the races are more “spread out” over space and time. Splits are rarely kept for O.W. races, though, due to obvious logistical obstacles. Powerhouse Timing has been working to change this – at least at the… Read more »
How ’bout some more fun with stats? In yesterday’s post we saw Big Shoulders’ explosive growth over the years. How does this break down by gender? Historically, more men than women have taken the plunge, but the gap has narrowed in recent years. In 2009, women were 43% of the total participants.
Less than 3 weeks ’til Big Shoulders! This race has a special place in my heart: It was at Big Shoulders ’09 where I caught the open-water bug. Without which, this summer wouldn’t have been nearly as awesome. Little did I realize that Big Shoulders would soon be my hometown race. And I’m happy to… Read more »
Results here. In contrast to most of my summer race schedule, the Madison Open-Water Swim is a nice, big urban race – a worthy younger sibling to Chicago’s Big Shoulders. An Ironman-length swim with actual iron in the vicinity!
What’s the difference between Masters open-water races and elite FINA or USA-S open-water races? I would argue, it’s not so much the absolute swimming speeds (1:10 per 100m for 10K, compared to 1:20 to win almost any Masters 10K), but the variability of swimming speeds. Masters races have a much wider spread of abilities. In… Read more »
What pace can you hold… well, maybe not “forever,” but let’s say… indefinitely. What would your pace be if you intended to swim all day – not racing, just swimming (and given that you’re fully warmed up) ? Imagine you’re David B. (a.k.a. “chaos” on the USMS forum) swimming across the Catalina Channel. He’s a… Read more »