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Mount Wachusett Masters

Mount Wachusett Masters is a US Masters workout group out of Mount Fitness. Are you looking to compete? Are you looking to do a triathlon? Are you looking to add some quality fitness training in your life or learning to swim better? Come give a practice a try! It is for swimmers 18 years and older of all levels. Some compete, some use it to become a more proficient lap swimmer, and some are triathletes who use it to better their swim leg in triathlons. All are welcome (and we have some fun too!).

Ben Tucker and Christine Caruso will be coaching and keeping the team organized! Practices start Wednesday morning 5-7AM.

FAQ

The word “Masters” sounds intimidating. Do I have to be an expert?  
The word Masters was first applied to adults who participated in track and field and was later adopted in organized adult swimming. In swimming, Masters simply means 18 and older.

What if I don’t think I’m fast enough to be a Masters swimmer?
Masters coaches hear. However, most Masters coaches and swimmers don’t care how fast you are. In nearly every program, there are others of similar ability or those who started where you are and have improved. Don’t let your perceived ability, or lack thereof, hold you back. Although it’s important to have a physical examination before starting any exercise routine, you don’t need to be in shape to start Masters swimming—Masters swimming will help you get there.

I’m a triathlete. Why should I join USMS?
Many triathletes, including world-class triathletes Sara McLarty and Ben Hoffman, join USMS programs because training with swimmers is the best way to improve the swim portion of the tri. Masters coaches provide technique instruction and interval training with a group. USMS membership also grants access to the triathlete-specific workouts posted regularly in the members-only Forums at usms.org. In addition, SWIMMER magazine and STREAMLINES newsletters have techniques and training tips in each issue.

Masters Newsletter

Greetings swimmers!

Hopefully, everyone is getting motivated, and more new swimmers will be attending practices. There’s lots of activity in the events section so if you haven’t found your motivation yet perhaps you will find it there. Ben and I would like to encourage all of you to try something new, something outside of your comfort zone. With a new year right around the corner, it’s the perfect time to explore the possibilities for setting new goals for the coming season.

Ben has created a December Bingo Challenge, and the USMS is offering a 30-minute challenge and a 1-hour swim event, both starting in January. It’s the perfect time to up your game, or maybe just get in the game (or pool).

Either way, I hope you will consider participating in at least one of these opportunities.

One of the squares on Ben’s December Bingo Challenge is setting a swim goal. Goals are not just for hardcore athletes, they’re for anyone. Here are some goal-setting tips to help get you started.

  • Base your goal on a performance outcome. What exactly do you want to achieve?
    • attend 1 swim practice a week for the month of December
    • complete all three USMS Fitness Challenges
    • swim 50 m butterfly by the end of February
    • a 0:55 min/100 yds freestyle pace at the Harvard Meet
  • A goal must have a small bit of doubt associated with attaining it, if not, it’s too easy.
  • A goal must be realistic.
  • A goal is not something you are already able to do; that’s an accomplishment, not a goal. There must be a work component associated with reaching a goal, you want to earn it.
  • Goals have a time limit and must be accomplished by a certain date or in a certain race/meet.

Goals can be large or small, anything from getting more active to smashing a PR; and Masters is here to help you by offering training and support every step of the way.
One of my favorite Peloton instructors, Christine D’Ercole inspires me with one question, “what if I can?”

Wishing you peace, joy and inspiration – Christine

Practice Schedule - December

Masters Schedule December 2021

Masters December 2021 Upcoming Events

Make sure you are a USMS member to take advantage of these fun events! Join USMS here.

Masters At the Wall

  • Added Touch Salon in Rindge, NH has new swimmer-friendly services.
    Christin Pierson, the new owner has added the following new services.
    She is also very willing to meet the needs of all types of athletes, so give her a call,
    I’m sure she will be able to accommodate you.

    • Swimmer’s Special Body Waxing
    • Malibu Hair Wellness Rehab Treatment
  • Christine Caruso has completed the USMS Level 2 Coaches Certification!

Coaches Corner with Ben

In addition to the swim challenges offered by USMS Ben has created his own Bingo Challenge and is inviting everyone to participate.

Simply print out your card, and date and initial your accomplished squares. (honor system, we trust you!)

Come and have fun!

Masters December 2021 Bingo Challenge

Greeting Swimmers!

Hope you all enjoyed your summer, and are looking forward to getting back in the pool. Although we lost Ben as coach for a little while, we have figured out a way to get him back on deck! Hurray!

Practices will start Monday, November 1st. Please see the schedule below.

To help keep things organized and everyone informed, I will send out a newsletter the last week of every month. It will contain the next month’s practice schedule, holiday accommodations and cancellations, and swim events.

Please feel free to contact me if there are other items and/or information that you would like to see included in the newsletter, I am happy to include it. Email me at 8thnoteshark@gmail.com. Please have all inclusions to me by the 15th.

I have also included a section called “At the Wall”, which I hope will inspire all of you to share your accomplishments and celebrations, as well as your concerns and struggles. We are a team after all!

Should other issues or opportunities come up within the month I will send out informational emails. If there is anything you need to share with the team, please let me know. Contact me with questions and concerns, and I will do my best to get you an answer.

Ben and I are looking forward to seeing all of you and having a great season!

Keep Swimming! -Christine Caruso

November Practice Schedule

November Masters Schedule

Upcoming Events

November 7 - 14th Annual Concord Masters Swim Mini-Meed, Concord, MA

November 20 - 12th Annual UVAC Leaf Peepers Masters SCM Meet, White River Junction

Greeting Swimmers!

It's kind of last minute, but it's not too late to join the USMS November 200 Yards Time Trial Challenge.

Even if you are not currently a USMS member you can still do the challenge!  But if you are a member,  you can upload your results at swim.com. and receive recognition for your effort.

Do the challenge on your own, (be sure to forward your time),  or Ben and I can help you at one of the November practices.  We will document everyone's results as a baseline to track improvement.

The challenge must be completed by November 30th, so get in the pool!   It's a great way to start your winter training!

General information is below or visit USMS.org

Hope to see you soon - Christine

Join the Challenge

Ready to test your speed? Try punching out your fastest 200 yards of any stroke in the pool during the month of November. Dedicate the time this month between November 1-30 on the Swim.com app.

All current USMS members are welcome to participate in this challenge for FREE. By completing the challenge, you'll earn a badge on your Swim.com profile.

Log Results in the Swim.com App

We partnered with Swim.com so you can input your results on their app to benchmark your swims for the future, compare against other swimmers, and join in on the social fun. Swimmers can upload swims using a compatible device (Garmin, Apple Watch, etc.), or they can be manually uploaded, so don’t worry if you don’t have a smartwatch!

Here is how it works:

  1. Link your My USMS account and Swim.com account (this is required as the challenge is a USMS member benefit)
  2. Find and join the challenge on the Swim.com app (here is how)
  3. Complete your swim
  4. Log it on the Swim.com app
  5. Bask in the glory of your accomplishment, receive your badge on Swim.com, and see where you rank against others 🙂

Interested in Finding out More?

Contact Megan by email or call 978-630-9354

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