There is Hope for More Swim Spots at Chatfield

By Bill Plock

Open water swimming is happening, but if you missed out on the “swim lottery” and are hoping to swim, things may change soon.

Holly Solomon

303 made a stop last week at the gravel “pond” at Chatfield State park. The park zoomed with paddle boarders, cyclists, fishermen, boaters, campers and swimmers of course. At first glance, other than people wearing face masks, it seemed like a typical summer day.

Tristen Rogers and Todd Lytle

At the swim beach several groups including the Rocky Mountain, CWW, and YTT triathlon clubs carved out space on the beach for a monitor to check in and out swimmers. As it stands right now, those groups, plus COMSA (Colorado Masters Swim Association) and a few other groups are the only ones allowed to host open water swimmers. This isn’t different than past years, but what has changed is the number of people allowed access and how the groups work together. This year each group offered a limited number of swim spots to their members. Members are then required to sign up for a time via an ap and each group provides a monitor to ensure people arrive at their time and enter and exit the water. The idea is to allow only 10 people at a time to enter the water and then stagger groups of 10 over the allotted open water time. Thus the limit of total swimmers per group. The groups with permits have been working together to minimize the total number of people congregating and people are being asked to not gather on the shore before or after swimming and to wear masks to and from their car.

Jeanette Sorensen Hickok

In the past, people who didn’t belong to any other groups holding permits could swim by joining COMSA and basically show up during open swim times and check in with the monitor on duty. COMSA held a sign up for swimming and currently is not offering swim spots. But that could change.

According to COMSA chair, Chris Nolte, “we are hopeful that when and if Governor Polis increases the group gathering size from 10 to 25 we will be able to offer more swim spots, so keep checking our website. https://www.comsa.org

Chatfield is the only public option for open water swimming. The rangers and park staff are no doubt keeping a close watch on swimmers following the rules. A couple of other lakes opened briefly and then closed, so be sure if you do go swim, follow the rules.

Weekend Preview

Triathlon Events

Thursday August 2nd

 

BAM Open Water Swim

Boulder


Grant Ranch Open Water Swim

Littleton


Boulder Stroke & Stride: Week 9

Boulder


Friday August 3rd

 

XTERRA Triathlon Training Camp

Silverthorn


Saturday August 4th

 

Cliff Backyard Ultra – SOLD OUT

Bailey

Racing will begin Saturday, August 4, at precisely 6:02 am. Swimmers will complete a 1.5 mile loop on a triangular race course, every hour. Racing will continue every hour until no swimmer completes a loop. If we reach 6:02 pm on Sunday, August 5, without a winner, race directors will implement a swim-off. There will be one award for our first-place finisher.


IRONMAN Boulder 70.3

Boulder


XTERRA Aspen Valley – Cancelled

Aspen


Splash, Mash, Dash

Highlands Ranch


Grand Ranch Open Water Swim

Littleton


XTERRA Triathlon Training Camp

Silverthorn


Sunday August 5th

 

Grand Ranch Open Water Swim

Littleton



Cycling Events

Thursday August 2nd

 

BVV Thursday Night Racing

Erie


Women’s Only Mtb Skills Clinic

Boulder


Friday August 3rd

 

RMRS – Powderhorn

Grand Junction


Fuel and Hydration for Endurance Events

Boulder


Copper Triangle

Copper Mountain


VIDA Mtb Clinic

Snowmass


FoCo Fondo: Bite the Bullet

Ft. Collins


BME Series Final

Aspen Snowmass


EPIC Singletrack Series: Super Loop Reimagined

Winter Park


BVV Saturday Sprints

Erie


Littleton Twilight Criterium

Littleton

 


RMRS – Powderhorn

Grand Junction


USA Cycling Elite Track National Championships

Carson, Ca


Sunday August 5th

 

2nd Annual Ride Like a Girl Day

Golden

Big Ring Cycles is hosting the Second Annual Colorado Women’s Ride Day on Sunday, August 5 at Tony Grampsas Memorial Park in Golden. The day begins with a variety of women-led road and mountain bike rides on routes ranging from casual to challenging. Riders return to a delicious brunch prepared by The Basted Egg and drinks. Besides scoring prizes and swag, this is a great chance to connect with other women cyclists, including special guest, 14-time national champion Katie Compton.


Bannock Street Criterium

Denver


Breck Epic MTB Stage Race

Breckenridge


RMRS – Powderhorn

Grand Junction


VIDA Mtb Clinic

Snowmass


BME Series Final

Aspen Snowmass


USA Cycling Elite Track National Championships

Carson, Ca

Weekend Preview

Triathlon Events

Thursday July 26th

 

Boulder Stroke & Stride Week #8

Boulder


Saturday July 28th

 

Reuter Hess Open Water Swim  – SOLD OUT

Parker


XTERRA Indian Peaks

Eldora


South Suburban TRYathlon

Lone Tree


BAM Open Water Swim

Boulder


Sunday July 29th

 

Outdoor Diva Sprint Triathlon – SOLD OUT

Longmont


Spanish Peaks Duathlon

Walsenburg



Cycling Events

Thursday July 26th

 

BVV Thursday Night Racing

Erie


Adventure Cycling Regional Gathering

Boulder


USAC Amateur Road National Championships

Hagerstown, Md


Friday July 27th

 

Leadville Stage Race

Leadville


USAC Amateur Road National Championships

Hagerstown, Md


Saturday July 28th

 

Laramie Enduro Epic

Laramie


Telluride 100 MTB Race

Telluride


15th Annual Buttkicker Charity Ride

Montrose


Colorado Park 2 Park Challenge

Denver to Winter Park


Scott Enduro Cup Series: Powderhorn

Powderhorn Resort, Mesa


Leadville Stage Race

Leadville


USAC Amateur Road National Championships

Hagerstown, Md


Sunday July 29th

 

Colorado Trail Race

Denver to Durango


Leadville Stage Race

Leadville


USAC Amateur Road National Championships

Hagerstown, Md

Weekend Preview: Another Great Weekend on Tap

Triathlon Events

Thursday June 28th

 

Boulder Stroke & Stride Week #5

Boulder


XTERRA Night

Boulder


Saturday June 30th

 

BAM Bare Bones OWS Series

Boulder

Join Boulder Aquatic Masters for the first event in the Bare Bones Open Water Swim Series.

Choose from the 1, 2 or 3 mile events.  There is NO RACE DAY Registration.  Online registration ends Friday 7pm


Lookout Mountain Triathlon

Golden


Sunday July 1st

 

Grant Ranch OWS

Lakewood



Cycling Events

Thursday June 28th

 

Leadville Trail 100 Camp of Champions

Leadville


BVV Track Night

Erie


DRAFT + Camber Exchange

Boulder


XTERRA Night

Boulder


Friday June 29th

 

Boulder Omnium: Hill Climb

Boulder


Leadville Trail 100 Camp of Champions

Leadville


Saturday June 30th

 

Fandango MTB

Bailey


Boulder Omnium: TT

Boulder


Cycle to Saturn Century

Golden


Vuelta a Dillon

Dillon


Cannondale MTB Tour

Granby Ranch


Nederland Boulder Stage Race

Boulder


Eagle Ranch Classic

Eagle


Laramie MTB Series

Happy Jack, WY


Rocking the Velodrome

Erie


Leadville Trail 100 Camp of Champions

Leadville


Sunday July 1st

 

Boulder Omnium: Road Race

Boulder


Cannondale MTB Tour

Granby Ranch


Nederland Boulder Stage Race

Boulder


Leadville Trail 100 Camp of Champions

Leadville

Weekend Preview: There’s an Off Road Theme

Triathlon Events

Thursday June 14th

 

Stroke & Stride

Boulder


FREE Women’s Race Clinic with Alison Freeman

Boulder


Saturday June 16th

 

XTERRA Lory

Ft. Collins


Leadville Marathon & Heavy Half

Leadville



Cycling Events

Thursday June 14th

 

BVV Thursday Night Racing

Erie


Ride the Rockies

Breckenridge, Edwards, Steamboat Springs, Grand Lake and Winter Park


USAC Talent ID Road Camp

Golden


USAC Para Road Race & TT National Championships

Augusta, Ga


USAC Masters Road National Championships

Augusta, Ga


Friday June 15th

 

RMRS: Crested Butte

Crested Butte


Ride the Rockies

Breckenridge, Edwards, Steamboat Springs, Grand Lake and Winter Park


USAC Talent ID Road Camp

Golden


USAC Masters Road National Championships

Augusta, Ga


Saturday June 16th

 

7th Annual G’Knight Ride

Longmont

 

The G’Knight Ride is a celebration of cycling, and is meant for cyclists of all ages, sizes, and abilities.  The Ride is a great excuse to dust off that old 10-speed, mountain bike, or cruiser and hop on with 2,000+ other riders on a great evening tour.  The G’Knight Ride helps to fun cycling education and bike refurbishing programs throughout the year by Bicycle Longmont, the area non-profit bike advocacy organization.


Century Experience Ride

Florissant


Denver Century Ride

Denver


Pedaling 4 Parkinson’s

Lone Tree


Bailey HUNDO & HUNDitO

Bailey


MOOTS Colorado Ranch Rally

Steamboat Springs


RMRS: Crested Butte

Crested Butte


USAC Talent ID Road Camp

Golden


USAC Masters Road National Championships

Augusta, Ga


Sunday June 17th

 

Parker Mainstreet Criterium

Parker


Golden Cruisers Fight to End Alzheimer’s Ride

Golden


FIBArk MTB Races

Salida


RMRS: Crested Butte

Crested Butte


USAC Masters Road National Championships

Augusta, Ga

Crack the Code to Open Water Swimming

Boulder

 

Want to feel more comfortable in open water? D3 Multisport.com Mental Skills Coach Will Murray will be presenting Crack the Code on Open Water Swimming at Colorado Multisport on May 16 from 6 PM – 7 PM (coincides with packet pick-up for Without Limits Productions Summer Open)

In just 50 minutes you’ll learn techniques for specific skills:
++Get Your Mind Right—planning for a great swim
++Breathe easy—key insights from physiology for comfort in the water
++The Warm up—how to have a great start and finish
++Wee (and not so wee) Besties—what is in that water anyway, and how to regard the marine life
++Feet and Elbows—overcoming getting touched by other swimmers

Don’t just endure the swim—learn to love it.

Presenter Will Murray is our Team’s mental skills coach, a USA Triathlon certified coach, and co-author of The Four Pillars of Triathlon: Vital Mental Skills for Endurance Athletes.

Event details here

SwimLabs Announces Grant Ranch Swim Schedule

Grant Ranch will offer swimmers an opportunity to train for their upcoming events or to simply practice their open water skills. There will be two courses available, 1/2 mile triangle or a 1.2 mile loop.  Grant Ranch is free of motorized boats, which allows for a very safe environment.

Grant Ranch Address: 
7255 West Grant Ranch Boulevard
Lakewood, CO 80123

Open Water Swim Days/Times:   
May 19th – September 9th

Tuesdays, May 22nd – Sept. 4th – 5:30AM – 7:00AM (Must be out of water by 6:50 AM
Thursdays, May 24th – Sept. 6th – 5:30AM – 7:00AM (Must be out of water by 6:50 AM)
Saturdays, May 19th – Sept. 8th – 7:00AM – 9:30AM (Must be out of water by 9:20 AM)
Sundays, May 20th – Sept. 9th – 5:30AM – 9:30AM (Must be out of water by 9:20 AM)


NO SWIMMING DATES (swim meets at Grant Ranch) – June 9th, July 7th and July 14th

 

Drop In, Punch Passes and Season Passes are available.

 

All the details and swim waiver can be found on the SwimLabs website HERE

No Open Water Swimming at Grant Ranch in 2018

It looks like triathletes who swim at Grant Ranch may need to find other options for open water swimming this year.

Presently, Grant Ranch and Swim Labs have not come an agreement on operating open water swimming for 2018. Paul Lefever of Grant Ranch said the board is not actively soliciting proposals from any other organization that may want to offer open water swimming. He added they are open to proposals, but the board is satisfied operating without the revenue of open water swimming. Michael Mann of Swim Labs is still hopeful a deal can be worked out so stay tuned and hopefully we will have good news to report in the near future.

We will be sure to keep everyone up to date.  Be sure to check our 2018 event calendar for all of the OWS opportunities this season.

Women’s Wednesday: Colorado’s Sarah Thomas – the woman who swam a century and made history

Sarah Thomas © Ken Classen

 “…only three athletes active today have finished ‘current-neutral’ swims of 63 miles or more — all three of them women.”

Unnoticed and unfeted, a US swimmer is breaking the sport’s boundaries

From Financial Times

Last week Sarah Thomas got up at 5am and drove the 25 miles from her home to the swimming pool in Lakewood, Colorado, as she does most mornings. There she completed her 6,000-yard workout before heading to work as a healthcare recruiter. She was untroubled by autograph hunters; no TV crews stopped her to seek an interview.

And yet Thomas is, according to Steven Munatones, founder of the World Open Water Swimming Association, “an outlier, a once-in-a-generation athlete, and a motivator who is showing others how far they can push themselves”. In August she completed what must rank as one of 2017’s greatest achievements in endurance sport, swimming further than anyone — man or woman — has swum before without the assistance of currents: a scarcely believable 104 miles, nonstop, in three days and nights in the water.

“The record wasn’t really the big incentive for me,” Thomas tells me from her home in Denver. “It was about finding and pushing my personal limits.” What could be a weary trope coming from many athletes rings true from Thomas. She swims without sponsorship — fitting her training around her full-time job. Her achievements have received little media attention; her record-breaking swim has not, to date, even been mentioned in a national newspaper.

“Sarah herself doesn’t seek out publicity,” Ken Classen, her coach and training partner, tells me. “If it wasn’t for her friends and mother-in-law she’d probably have no publicity and quite frankly I don’t think she’d care either way.”

Last year Thomas swam a record 82 miles nonstop in Lake Powell but felt she could go further — the 100-mile barrier beckoned. In choosing the current-free Lake Champlain for her swim, Thomas was attempting something no one of either gender had previously done. “A few people have swum over 100 miles before,” explains Evan Morrison, co-founder of the Marathon Swimming Federation, that adjudicated Thomas’ swim, but only with the assistance of strong, predictable currents.

These include a 139.8-mile effort by the late Croatian swimmer, Veljko Rogosic, in the Adriatic. “His swim was very impressive, but it belongs in a separate category,” explains Morrison. According to his records, only three athletes active today have finished “current-neutral” swims of 63 miles or more — all three of them women.

Beat Knechtle, a Swiss doctor and endurance athlete who has studied female performance in open-water swimming, offers two possible explanations for this dominance. “Women have an advantage due to their higher body fat, which provides insulation against the cold and better buoyancy.” As wetsuits may not be worn for official open-water swims, this could be an important advantage. Then there is the mental side. “In open-water swimming women have learnt that they are able to beat men and therefore expect to compete at a higher level,” says Knechtle.

Thomas agrees. “Women have a long history of swimming: it’s been socially acceptable for us to be athletes in the pool and open water for much longer than in other sports. I think having that strong foundation has really helped women to compete and train at a high level.”

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