PG Swim Clinic: A Great Success

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Our Annual PG Swim Clinic is held at Lover's Point Park in Pacific Grove. The clinic gives athletes a chance to swim in the kelp, get a feel for the water temperature, and familiarize themselves with the swim course for the Triathlon at Pacific Grove. Thanks to pro triathlete and USAT Certified Coach Alexis Smith for leading the clinic.

Here is what one of the clinic participants had to say about the clinic.

“I wanted to take a minute to say thanks to the whole crew there for putting on such a great clinic yesterday. When I arrived two hours early so that I could drive the bike course and run the run course, I spent a lot of time looking out at the water and all that kelp. I clearly remember thinking “That’s a LOT of kelp” and remember my parents admonishments when I was a kid to “not swim out into the kelp because you might get tangled up in it and drown!” Now there’s some positive thinking just before the clinic, huh? I was paired up with Alexis as a coach and could not have asked for a better one. From the beginning she made it sound not only doable, but fun, exuding confidence in us all the time. It was my first time in a wetsuit, first time in 45 years in the cold Pacific waters, and first time in the kelp. Alexis’ guidance to getting through the kelp was right on and as a result, I had a blast! Swimming through the kelp was actually fun and I found it made sighting a breeze as getting my head up was a natural part of the stroke when in the marine vegetation. And while the water was cold (to quote Alexis “a balmy 57 degrees”) the wetsuit did its job admirably and after the initial shock of cold water coming down the neck, I never even really gave the water temperature a thought. This clinic was a real confidence builder. Now, instead of thinking of the swim leg with trepidation, I look forward to it with anticipation. Again, thanks to the whole team for conducting the clinic and a special thanks to Alexis for making a first-timer a believer!” –Tom Hutches

Thank you to Tom and everyone that participated and we look forward to seeing you at The Triathlon at Pacific Grove, September 7-9, 2012.

For more photos taken at the event visit our Tri-California Facebook Album.

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