Huntington Masters Swim Team

The Huntington Masters Swim Team ("HUMS"), an official club of US Masters Swimming, holds daily early-morning pool workouts year-round at the Huntington YMCA, 60 Main Street, Huntington (contact the Y at 631-421-4242 for Full Y membership fee information).

Indoor Pool Workouts in one of the Y’s two 25-yard pools begin at 5:30 a.m. weekdays and 7:00 a.m. weekends and last one to two hours. These workouts are open to all Full Y members.

Open-Water Swims are held from May to November at West Neck Beach and other local Long Island beaches. Outdoor swim schedules are posted on The Water-Blog.

Want to swim for the Home Team? You can! Join HUMS at

Friday, January 28, 2011

Rob's PINK Speedo: Maybe It's a Good Thing That the Picture Is Blurry

This picture is for those of you who have not been following the saga of Rob's Pink Speedo on Facebook -- and if this doesn't get you join us on Facebook, what will? (OK, Kids and Grandkids -- but a Pink Speedo -- that's gotta be worth something!). And as for exactly why the picture is blurry... it wasn't done on purpose... I put it down to amused camera shake! As to WHY Rob has a Pink Speedo? That's a question that only Rob can answer!

Monday, January 24, 2011

5 Degrees? 5 Degrees! I Want the Summer... I'll Settle For Spring!

Above is the "Official" Weather for Huntington, New York on Monday, January 24, 2011. At 7:56 AM it was 5 Degrees! Not exactly outdoor swimming weather but it certainly made the temperatures in both Y pools very welcome... like a quick Caribbean vacation. See you in the pool!

And don't forget to sign up for the INDOOR TRI. It's just TWO WEEKS AWAY -- on Sunday, February 6, 2011 at 8:00AM. All three events -- Swim, Bike, Run -- are completed indoors, using the pool, stationary bikes and treadmills to complete each event. For more information or to sign up, call the Huntington Y at 631-421-4242.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Blast From the Past: September 1997, John Daly One Mile Ocean Swim, Long Beach NY

Long before blogging or facebook, your's truly had a little digital camera that held all of 8 pictures -- and it was remarkable! The question is, did I actually have that camera when I took these pictures of the 1997, (or was it 1998), John Daly One Mile Ocean Swim in Long Beach, New York? If not that first digital camera, then where did these digital pictures come from?

Oh, I know where I found them -- they were on a treasure trove of old Memorex 2SHD, (two-sided, High Density), 1.44 MB Diskettes. The pictures are small. The pictures are grainy. But they're more than a dozen years old! To realize just how long ago that was in "computer years" you'd have to understand that in 1997 I would have needed to carry over 75,000 of these Floppy Disks with me just to start to come close to the memory on my cell phone in 2011! Be that as it may, enjoy this blast from the past! And better yet, it was SUMMERTIME and it was WARM enough for outdoor swimming!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

A YouTube Video From Today's Swim (January 15, 2011)

Winter Outside... SUMMER Inside!

Saturday. January 15, 2011 at the Huntington Y:

"Oh the weather outside is frightful... but the pool is so delightful... and so long as we're going to swim (inside), let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!"

OK, so actually the weather today wasn't so frightful at all. In fact, it felt almost balmy walking out of the Y -- if you can call 25 degrees balmy. But with no wind and a bright blue sky overhead, it really didn't feel bad at all. Looking at the mounds of snow everywhere... well, that's an entirely different issue! So my feeling is that one "snow-filled" picture (above) is more than enough. Let your eyes wander down to pictures from Norton Pool -- like a little time machine to Summer!

Margot, Don, Paul and Sal line up in swim-speed order. 

What are Harry and Margot so happy about? I'm guessing it's because the workout has been over for about 20 minutes already and this is just "cool down" and "fun swim" time. In my book, the yardage still counts!

Joe makes sure to stay hydrated. 

 The water was so warm and blue, Sal thought he was in Hawaii!

Ahh, a boy and his kickboard!

Sunday, January 02, 2011

First Sunday Swim in 2011 (January 2nd, 2011)

Sorry for the poor quality of the photo but the window in the hallway that looks in on the pool is not exactly crystal clear. And, with a cell-phone camera from that distance... Oh, and about the action OR lack of it(lots of standing, sitting and gabbing) -- the workout was pretty much over by this time with most swimmers logging 3,000 or MORE yards (Paul was probably pushing 5,000 yards) -- OK for a Sunday morning after the big New Year's celebrations.