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2014-03-20 6:09 PM

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Subject: Open Water swimming groups
Not sure if this is the right place to post but looking for people to swim with in open water in Canton, GA area.
I am training for Sprint and Olympic distance tris.
PT Sports had a group swim last year in Acworth at Lake Allatoona but not sure they're doing it this year since they moved locations.


2014-03-20 7:37 PM
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Originally posted by JHiott Not sure if this is the right place to post but looking for people to swim with in open water in Canton, GA area. I am training for Sprint and Olympic distance tris. PT Sports had a group swim last year in Acworth at Lake Allatoona but not sure they're doing it this year since they moved locations.

Absolutely the place to ask!

Others will chime in with other alternatives, but one good one is the "Swim with Pete" group that swims in the Redtop Mountain Visitor Center cove on Lake Allatoona. They are actually swimming this weekend on Saturday at 9:00am. Water temperature is currently 50 degrees - wetsuits are required (ha!). They will have kayaks in the water along with race buoys marking the course. Get there early and sign in and tip the Kayakers whatever you think they are worth to you - we usually give them 5 bucks per swimmer and often swim for 1.5 hours. The swim this weekend will be limited to 45 minutes max due to the water temperature, but as the season progresses Pete will stay there with you for as long as you want to swim - I know he has been there for 5+ hours in the past working with some of the local marathon swimmers. To get on the email notification list for the group just email Pete at swim.with.pete@gmail.com

2014-03-21 8:00 AM
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2014-03-21 12:52 PM
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I endorse swim with pete and fully credit the opportunity to do OWS in that format as a big reason why I had a great swim in my HIM.
2014-03-23 1:33 PM
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Mary Alice Park on Lake Lanier, near GA 400 exit 14 is also a popular OWS practice beach. I've swum in Lake Lanier from a couple of other parks over closer to Buford.

Does anyone know why, given there are so many lakes, that none of them allow swimming?

I mean does anyone REALLY know? Anyone can say 'rules', or 'liability' or 'pollution'. If your answer is 'pollution' what chemical is at unsafe levels? Phosphate from fertilizer run off? E-coli? At what lakes has water actually been tested and what were the 'unsafe' chemicals?

If 'rules' or 'liability' is the answer, who made this decision? The Parks and Rec department? The County Commissioners? The District Attorney? The insurance company for the general liability insurance?

Yet are any of these 'reasons' any different at Lake Lanier or Lake Allatona? Yes, they are bigger bodies of water and therefore can dilute 'pollution' to safe levels.

I suspect the answer is more often liability 'concerns' lead to 'rules', and there was no group of people advocating to keep Lake XYZ open for swimming. I doubt there were actual water tests done which showed 'unsafe levels' of 'pollution'. I doubt many lake closings were due to 'too many drownings'.

I totally understand the 'attractive nuisance' concept and that is why all swimming pools have a fence - to keep kids from wandering over and playing unsupervised.

But if I can pay $4 and park at Lake Lanier and swim, unsupervised. Why can't I do the same at Murphy-Chandler, or Lake Erin at Henderson Park, etc.? Is it simply because we haven't asked?

And, yes, I would always swim with a buddy, and likely a kayak escort.
2014-03-26 10:14 AM
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I also endorse the Swim With Pete sessions. Last year was my first time with both tri's as well as OWS with Pete. Was definitely helpful in preparing for my first sprints. Various distances are marked out up to roughly a 1 mile loop so you can adjust your distance as needed for your specific race.


2014-04-28 4:02 PM
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I'm glad I found this thread. I am doing the Tri the Parks Sprint in Newnan on 5/31 & it will be my first tri. I would love to get some OWS experience before the race & I see the Swim with Pete swims on the No Boundaries Multisport site in May.
2014-05-01 7:12 AM
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Looks like no OWS with Pete this weekend. Anyone else doing a group swim on Saturday May 3rd?
2014-07-23 7:22 PM
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Anyone doing a ride after swim with Pete this Saturday
2014-08-06 5:50 PM
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Hey all, I'm thinking about doing a practiceTri after the swim with Pete this Saturday. Debating whether to do the bike and run on roads at Allatoona or at Iron Hill on mtb. Let me know if you wanna join.
2015-02-10 8:38 PM
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Hi guys. Does anyone know when the Swim with Pete sessions start this year? Is there a calendar for any group swim sessions around Atlanta? Thanks!


2015-03-31 7:04 AM
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Hi everyone,

I have the same question, my first HIM is coming up quickly (Chatahoochee Challenge) and I would really like to get in a few OWS before race day.

Thanks,
2015-03-31 8:13 AM
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Hey raindogs - sorry I missed your earlier request. Pete apparently has had folks swimming in the cove already all through March (I think that is just foolishness, but to each their own, right?) He has not yet announced the April dates, but if you shoot a request to swim.with.pete@gmail.com be will put you on the email list. See you two and others out there, just as soon as the water warms up a bit more.
2015-03-31 1:57 PM
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Interestingly, Pete just sent out the April email:

APRIL SWIM DATES ARE,

11 @ 9 AM
18 @ 9 AM
25 @ 9 AM

WET SUIT SWIMS ARE SUGGESTED PLEASE BE ON TIME
<COME EARLY> BRING SOMETHING HOT TO DRINK FOR
AFTER.
REGARDS,
PETE

you also want to bring some cash to tip the kayakers.

2015-04-10 7:48 PM
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Thanks. I think I might head out there tomorrow... and if I have to get out after five minutes, so be it! Hoping that a sleeveless wetsuit will be enough....
2015-06-25 11:37 PM
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Is anybody doing a swim this weekend, OWS w/ Pete or is there a good place to swim that anybody knows of.

Chris Conner


2015-06-26 5:21 AM
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Chris - I will be in Chattanooga racing this weekend, so no swim with Pete for me. The cove a treetop is always a great option whether Pete is there or not, and this time of year there are usually folks there swimming all the time. There is usually a 7am group that heads up to either the Bud Plant or Sosbee to ride afterward. I also like running the trails at red top afterward. Depending on what part of town you are in Mary Alice Park on Lake Lanier could be a good option - there are usually folks swimming there pretty frequently as well. If you are on the south side then Lake Jackson is a good bet.
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