SWIM FOR DISTANCE WINNERS 2017

EACH JULY, WE CHALLENGE OUR SWIMMERS TO SET A GOAL AND SWIM.  
YEAR AFTER YEAR, WE ARE CONTINUALLY AMAZED AT THE GOALS SET BY OUR MEMBERS 
AND HOW THEY ACHIEVE THEM. 

HERE ARE THIS YEARS WINNERS AND THEIR STORIES!

#1 GREG ROLFES, 225,550 METERS: I didn’t swim on three days of the first week of July, and didn’t start doing two-a-days until the second week, so at first I wasn’t even sure I wanted to keep tracking my meters for the whole month (I’ve resisted logging my meters in July for years…). I didn’t start out with a meters goal, I just wanted to see if I could survive double workouts every day, and if I could improve without falling apart before the end of the month. When I got over 60K for the second week, I thought I could get over 200K by the end of the month and aimed for that.
Mornings were “easy” since I’m in the pool every morning anyway (just put it on “auto-pilot”). The evening workouts were a little tougher mostly because it’s hot and sunny at SMU in the evening (who knew?). I think I got more sun this July than I have since I was a kid. It helped to have lane mates to keep up with (and occasionally draft off of), and those two hour Monday and Wednesday workouts were good for helping rack up anywhere from 11K to 13K on those days.
 
I will admit at the end of the month I thought I left some meters “on the table”. I’m not sure I’d ever do it again, but I’d recommend that anybody give it a try – you just need to have an obsessive-compulsive personality and a high pain threshold….the rest is just showing up.
 

#2 PAULA KELLEY, 130,000 METERS:  What kept me going? The camaraderie and motivation of the DAM amazing swimmers we get to call lane mates, coaches and friends. And peer pressure of course! I
did not plan on setting a lofty distance goal thiyear. Then that DAM email was sent to announce S4D and quoted me saying my goal is always to swim farther than the previous year. Now I had to try, right? So, I set a goal that made me want to jump out of bed in the morning: 115K. And posted it on FB for accountability. Determination, a little extra effort, and being on time go a long way to achieving S4D goals! I finished at 130K, 15K ahead of my goal and more than 15K farther than last year. I won't try to beat that distance in 2018. You can quote me on that. (Paula was the 2016 1st place winner with 114,550 meters)
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#3 Erika Parker, 109,300:  Setting specific goals for S4D does not work for me. On an everyday basis I try to do whatever I can to stay healthy. Instead of setting a particular number of meters in mind, I set out to have fun and enjoy the process of swimming. I wish I could say there was more to it, but in the end I am really just a little kid playing in the water. 
(Erika was the 2016 3rd place winner with 86,550 meters)

 

  
Greg & Erika at the Urban Taco Happy Hour

Congratulations to our Winners and for all the member participation during the month of July! 
 

Other Top Achievers:

Michael Smit  72,500
Daniel Latimer 60,850
Creighton Cardwell 55,250
Vince West 49,000
Jeff Livingston 45,000
Larry Newman 42,300
Melinda Arvesen 34,200
Bonnie Ulm 23,000