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It was 7:30 in the morning at 4949’ altitude, and 23 Masters swimmers immersed themselves in the 67 degree water of Lake of the Woods between Medford and Klamath Falls.  The smoky air of Friday had dispersed, and all waited for starter and race director Matt Miller to say, “Go.” […]

Lake of the Woods Open Water Swims – Saturday, Sept. ...


Off the Block
by Dr. John McDougall (excerpted) For the entire article, see: https://www.drmcdougall.com/misc/2007nl/apr/protein.htm Preface:  Dr. John McDougall, M.D., teaches people to eat a plant based diet consisting of fruits, vegetable, grains, beans, nuts, seeds, unrefined foods, and low fat/low sugar.  His emphasis is on complex carbohydrates.  People loose weight on his all-you-want-to-eat […]

Where Do You Get Your Protein?


Colette Crabbe - 1976 Olympian in the 400IM and 200 breast
This month, I am out of town travelling in Europe to visit family and friends, as well as swim at the European championship in Slovenia.  So, I will do what I preach and take it easy, relax and not sweat about deadlines.  This month’s article will be a rerun of […]

Time to try the monthly fitness challenge again!



Sara Shepherd
Now that the open water swim season is behind us, it’s time to take the wetsuits off and put the racing suits back on!  Being the competitive swimmer that I am, I welcome the short course fall and winter Masters swim meets with open arms.  If you are a little […]

Upcoming Meets September 2018


Review: What a great open water swimming season we had this summer! Let’s recognize our season achievements and highlights: We hosted 19 USMS-sanctioned swims at 7 venues this year, with an incredible variety in courses, distances, and events. We hosted the first-ever-in-the-nation three-swim USMS open water national championship series, called […]

Long Distance Swimming – September 2018


Kendra Chernoff 2
Name:                    Kendra Chernoff Age:                        27 Local Team:           Oregon Reign Occupation:          Chiropractic Student I moved to Portland in January of 2017 to start chiropractic school at the University of Western States.  Having retired from competitive swimming in 2015, I decided I was ready to pick it back up again, this time […]

Swimmer Spotlight – Kendra Chernoff



Ralph Mohr
Endure, by Alex Hutchinson, is a book about how the mind can affect athletic performance.  He focuses mainly on runners, a much larger group than swimmers, but much of what he says relates to what we do in the water. Hutchinson’s basic premise is that discomfort and pain in workouts […]

Swim Bits – Practicing Boredom and Discomfort


I am not a believer in numerology, but a confluence of related numbers caught my attention a while ago. Here is what I noticed.  My next birthday would be my 84th.  I started swimming in ’48.  Over the years I have done 41 swims from Alcatraz Island to San Francisco.  […]

Just One More Alcatraz Swim


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by Dave Radcliff Hi Oregon Swimmers, Nancy and I are just back from a wonderful Open Water swimming experience in Michigan.  Early this year I was checking out Open Water swims for the summer.  I saw one listed that was called “Swim to the Moon”.  That title caught my attention, […]

Swim to the Moon