Canada’s Hedlin Leads Charge at the Solstice 100 in La Jolla

  1 Mike Lewis | December 22nd, 2013 | Featured, Masters, News, Open Water

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Celebrating the turn back to more sunlight, the Wind-n-Sea Masters Swimming hosted the first annual “Solstice 100″  at the Coggan Family Aquatic Center in La Jolla.  Over 30 members of the team hit the water for the famed 100 x 100 or 100 x 50.  World championship silver medalist Eric Hedlin joined the fun and led the charge on the monster set.  Hedlin made it look easy cruising the first 90 repeats just below a 1:05 average bringing it home strong on the last 10 as he came down to sub minutes at the end. Eric fronted the ‘fast lane’ with open water swimming masters standout Todd Robinson, but he stayed on to cheer the rest of the group as they made through each repeat.

This was the first time several of the swimmers had ever completed the set and the inspiration of each lane kept everyone moving to the end.  One of the biggest challenges for the swimmers was keeping up with the count and several enlisted creative ways of counting that included coins, jelly beans and a lane line abacus.

The event served as a fundraiser for the La Jolla Aquatic Foundation and their support of the Special Olympics.

Is your masters team doing a massive end of year workout?  Share the details and keep everyone motivated as we close out 2013 and charge into the new year.




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    While I personally think these 100 x 100 workouts need to go the way of the dinosaur (boring), I like the idea this group’s approach of turning this into a fundraiser.

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Mike Lewis

Mike Lewis has nearly three decades of open water swimming experience as both an athlete and coach. He has worked with a wide range of athletes including Olympians and World Record Holders. Mike was as an administrator in the U.S. Olympic movement for 10 years and was a team director for the 2000 Olympic games. Mike himself is an avid swimmer and has notched several top 10 rankings in US Masters swimming. Mike and his wife Cynthia founded "Did you swim today?" – a global gathering place for swimmers to share their positive experiences in the pool and the open water. Read More »