This is the reoccurring meetup for the weekly open water swims at Walden Pond. A well attended venue for triathletes training for races of all distances.
The gate opens at 7 a.m. and the Parking is right off of Walden St. Walden charges to park a their lot ($5) via a computerized parking attendant that takes cards. I'd recommend the annual pass if you think you're going to come to more meetups. Alternatively, It's a short distance from Concord High School (http://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=Concord+High+School,+concord+ma&daddr=915+Walden+Street,+Concord,+MA&hl=en&sll=38.93711,-75.966775&sspn=13.846355,14.128418&geocode=FRa1hwIdrlO_-yEidG069HujIg%3BFQqXhwIdjYW_-ylB1q82q5vjiTFsmsu3RKWVtQ&gl=us&mra=ls&t=m&z=16). Some people avoid the parking fee by parking near Concord High School and then walk/ride their bike over to Walden. Click here for the map of the parking (http://www.mass.gov/dcr/parks/trails/walden.pdf).
Across and back from the beach (Pictured above) is a little over a mile mile; a perfect distance for those training for 70.3 and Ironman races.
There are also some close to shore routes for people getting better acquainted with open water (see distance maps). We meet near the lifeguard house right on the beach closes to Walden street. Here is the map of walden pond.
This meetup is important because you always want to swim in groups if you can. Make certain that you look out for each other. Don't attempt to swim across the pond if you haven't trained for that distance. Always match up with someone or a group that swims your pace. The beauty of Walden is that you can swim very close to shallow water and get some good open water training in.
If there are people that are looking to go long for the first time, let me know in advance and I may be able to swim angel, or get a swim angel group together. That way we can do it in a controlled and safe environment.
For those that are really new and nervous about open water swimming, stay tuned for a beginners clinic that I'll put on in the summer.