Rehab to Racing http://www.rehabtoracing.com/ provides an open water swim training venue near Haymarket, Virginia. Millbrook Quarry is a privately owned, spring-fed rock quarry.
In this pristine body of water you will be able to experience open water swimming, practice your sighting and turns, and build your open water confidence before race day.
We have set up a series turn buoys, to simulate a race course.
Between the first and second buoy there is a floating line to help guide novice open water swimmers.
This is an informal training opportunity, however open water swim coaching is available with the Rehab to Racing coaches.
Distances vary from 600-800yds per lap around the course.
Standard Triathlon orange turn buoys are set to allow you to practice sighting during your open water swim.
Go to the intersection of interstate I66 west of DC and VA route 15. Exit, traveling South on Route 15. Turn Right at the first stoplight on VA Hwy 55, 200 yds South of I66. Go West on Hwy 55 about 3.1 miles until you cross the concrete bridge at Broad Run Creek. Immediately turn Left into Millbrook Quarry. Enter the gate, present your signed swim waiver to the gate keeper, and follow the directions to Beach 3.
Only paid swimmers may enter the water. No recreational swimming is allowed.
Swimmers may be dropped off, but anyone who wishes to stay to support the swimmer must pay for a ticket/waiver. This is the policy of the quarry management and Rehab to Racing has no way to alter this requirement.
Open Water Swim Practice Regulations:
- Your safety is our primary consideration. For that reason, you must wear a wetsuit and a swim cap.
- Admission to the quarry is granted with your Ticket/Waiver that you must print after paying for your ticket on the website. Sign and date the swim Ticket/Waiver, and give an emergency contact person's full name and phone number. If you have a Season Pass, your waiver is on file, but you MUST notify firstname.lastname@example.org each date you plan to swim.
- Check into the Quarry with the gatekeeper 30 minutes before your scheduled swim time. Present your completed R2R Millbrook Quarry swim Ticket/Waiver or Seasons Pass to the attendant, who will have a check list of all who have paid their admission fees online for your swim date. If there is a sign that says to "wait for the gatekeeper," WAIT. You must be inside the gate by 3 PM.
- Millbrook Quarry is private property. Our continued use of this facility depends upon our care of the property and water resource. You must respect all requests of Quarry or R2R personnel on site. Please be considerate of others at all times. You must use the porta-potties (not the woods) and pick up all trash before leaving.
- The SPEED LIMIT is 5 mph. Failure to observe this may get your pass revoked.
- SCUBA divers have the right of way at all times both on land and in the water.
- Parking is limited, so please carpool.
- Only service dogs are allowed at the Quarry and must be leashed.
- Only swimmers who have paid through the R2R website will be allowed in the water. Each person entering the gate must pay the entrance fee in advance.
- You must bring all your hydration and nutrition with you. There is food and a grocery at the intersection of 55 and 15, but none at the swim site.
- You MUST wear a wetsuit and visible swim cap at all times when in the water. A skin suit or compression swim garment is not adequate. Note that in April and May the water will be quite cold, often in the upper 50s. You should consider bringing a neoprene cap if you are sensitive to cold water. More info on cold water swimming: http://rehabtoracing.com/Cold_water_swimming.php There will be a safety kayaker at all times.
- Open water swim coaching is available, but must be pre-arranged by e-mail with email@example.com The fee is $50/person for a 30 minute session with an R2R swim coach. (Limit of 2 swimmers per coach.) Payment for coaching is by check or cash at the time of the coaching, in addition to the entry fee.
- You may want to read Fearless Swimming for Triathletes by Ingrid Miller. Good info on OW swimming.
- You are expected to log yourself into and out of the water.
- Swimmers must be out of the water by 4:30 pm and driving out by 4:45 pm.
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