Saturday, June 30, 2007
Michael Phelps won the 100m fly by 2-seconds-plus in a time of 1:56.05 beating Australian swimmer, Nick D'Arcy, but 7 seconds off his world record.
Results can be seen here: [Link]
Friday, June 29, 2007
Tip #1 - Accelerate
Never slow down going into the wall. One of the big mistakes young (and old) swimmer make is, when they approach the wall, they begin to "measure" and their speed begins to decelerate. The more speed you have going into the turn the more momentum you will have coming off it. [Link]
Thursday, June 28, 2007
I was going through a chapter in his book Connections, whereas James Burke was playing the part of a historical detective tracing how a contest in France to help Napoleon solve how he could feed his armies on long campaigns led to the invention of canning foods, which subsequently led to the invention of refrigeration, then onto the thermos, and finally a rocket fuel tank which brought three Americans to the moon. All of which traced to a problem that needed immediate attention.
Each link in the aforementioned chain represented many different people in many different nations playing an important role in moving mankind forward. These nations include: France, England, Australia, Germany, and America. (Ironically the best swimming nations on earth), Ultimately, by sharing information with each other, life became better for all of the above and more.
I wish swimming were more like this, I wish Michael Phelps', Janet Evans', Michael Gross, Laure Manaudou's, and Ian Thorpe's workouts were all public domain and shared form one coach to the other. That any athlete could train in any country they wanted without Nationalistic rhetoric denouncing that behavior such as what was witnessed between France and Italy over Laure Manaudou or when an foreign athlete from Turkey or Brazil trains at USC or Auburn.
UPDATE: As of this morning the technical director of French Swimming has decided that French swimmer Laure Manaudou may not take part in a training camp in China with the rest of her teammates which was to take place two weeks before the Paris Open. She will remain training in Italy [Link]
If the Olympics are the Oscars, and the FINA World Championships of Swimming are the Emmy's, This meet is the Sundance Film Festival.
Here is a link to the home page which has links to the 'psyche sheet', a list of swimmers, and real time results. [Link]
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
A profile of Brendan Hansen over at Lane 9 News: [Link]
On prima facie this is an obvious indication that my turns need work but that open water swimming has been good cross training mentally and aerobically.
She has produced some very strong swims despite recovering from a fracture in her foot that causes her pain on flip-turns, and overall, her times were either just off various records or good enough to win at the international level. Swim News recap: [Link] 20 Min.fr [Link]
Here are a couple of her swim times:
400m Freestyle - 4:03.38
200m Freestyle - 1:57.48
From the Sydney Morning Herald: "A proposed swimming competition between the United States and Europe is set to sound the death knell on the Australia-USA Duel in the Pool meets. ..." [Link]
What is really cool is that they would use the London 2012 pool.
Australia would like to be invited but it is coyly suggested that Europe is not so keen on English speaking countries handing them their bum in each event.
I would love to see Laure Manaudou and Kate Ziegler have an excuse to race each other; or Natalie Coughlin against Laure Manaudou in the 200 back. Then there is Filippo Magnini, Cullen Jones, Brent Hayden*, and Alain Bernard in the 100 free. (Phelps can go race the fishes in the Mariana Trench)
(*We secretly let Canada come too.)
"..Improve your fitness level, achieve your swimming goals, and maximize your workouts with the help of four-time Olympic gold medalist Janet Evans!
A total of 60 workouts and 12 progressive programs allow you to tailor your swim sessions by distance, intensity, and goal. The gold-medal information also details proper stroke technique, advantages of various gear, concepts such as interval sets and training phases, and making each workout more productive by stretching, building core strength, warming up, and cooling down.
My comments: I have always wanted to know what one her workouts were like or the angle in which she approached swimming. Nonetheless, Janet Evans is arguably the greatest swimmer ever and any knowledge she imparts will certainly add equity to the sport. I just hope that this book isn't a ghost written book with rhetoric culled from various USA Swimming resources but rather a swim training manual from her point of view. I am going to purchase this book and blog what I think about it here.
Swimming World store page [Link] or at Amazon: [Link]
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
I found this 'gizmo' at notcot.org
Here is the designer's site: [Link]
And that must be Amanda Beard demonstrating how to use it.
(Update: the word 'tailings' refers specifically to fine waste suspended in water.)
MANOHLA DARGIS wrote a piece for the The New York Times about a documentary called Manufactured Landscapes; a film about Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky and his photo compositions of industrialized China. It bewilders me that such a valuable resource such as a river or stream as featured above can be laid to waste in exchange for paper money. (I know that sounds rather existential or pompous but a continuous source of water just seems more valuable; or more real for that matter, than gold or paper to me.)
Though the above photo is strikingly beautiful, the aesthetics of it undermines the gravity or consequences of the industrial, toilet-hole, China has become. When the cameras roll at the Beijing Olympics in 2008, this is what the place really looks like behind those cameras. [Link] [DVD Link]
So, Italy has been good to Laure Manaudou. [Link]
(During Kate Ziegler's world record 1500m race at the TYR Swim Meet of Champions, Ziegler held 31s during her 1500m swim. Can she hold 30.5s if she swims the 400 against Manaudou?)
Ben-Wildman featured above will be there! Isn't that a fitting name for a world class sprinter?
Swimming World has a page devoted to it setting up story-lines and drama to make it more fun. This snippet struck me as the most dramatic of the races for I think any race that has Phelps, Wildman, Schoeman and Eamon Sullivan in it is potential history:
"... The men's 100 freestyle might feature the most-loaded field of the meet, as it includes the likes of Roland Schoeman, Phelps and Eamon Sullivan. Schoeman is well-established as one of the world's elite sprinters while Phelps had the fastest 100 free time at the World Champs, as the leadoff leg of the American 400 freestyle relay. Then there's Sullivan, a rising star from Australia who will be a sprint-free medal contender in Beijing.
The two-lap freestyle is also expected to include South Africa's Ryk Neethling and Lyndon Ferns, who joined Schoeman on the gold-medal winning 400 free relay in Athens. The fourth member of that squad, Darian Townsend, will also be in action. Other big-time names in the race will be Great Britain's Simon Burnett and American Ben Wildman-Tobriner, the reigning world champ in the 50 free. ..." [Link]
Another loaded race on my radar is Leisel Jones, Megan Jendrick and Tara Kirk swimming the 100 breast. Three of the fastest swimmers in this event will go toe-to-toe with Jones as the favorite. (So, where's Amanda?)
Monday, June 25, 2007
The mens division is looking pretty impressive, Camille La court clocked a French record in the 50m back in a time of 25.66. He is coached both Manaudou's former coach, Philippe Lucas. As abusive as Manaudou has accused him of being, he is producing fast swimmers. Of course do not forget Alain Bernard's 'time dilating, 50m time of 21.76. (See above photo) [Link] [French Eurosport Link] Results [Link]
The French mens divison are looking pretty good though I wonder if any of their distance swimmers can beat Kate Ziegler? The Pan Pacific invitational swimmers couldn't.
Imagine this lineup in the 50m free at Beijing: Ben Wildman Tobriner; Gary Hall or Cullen Jones, Alain Bernard, Roland Schoeman, Filippo Magnini, Ceasar Cielo.
Manaudou swam a 8:31.26 for the 800m free but contrast this to Kate Zeigler who according to Wikipedia, "... February 2005, at the FINA World Cup stop in New York, Ziegler won the 800m in 8:16.32, breaking Sippy Woodhead's 25-year-old American Record in that event, which at the time was the oldest American record on the books."
Update: I wonder if Laure Manaudou is going through her "Tiger Woods period" who after falling in love and having a child, Tiger seems more focused on endeavors outside his sport?
Manudou has some swimming to do!
Men's 1500 freestyle
The United States broke through in the men's distance event as Joe Kinderwater (15:44.37) and Robert Looney (15:56.39) went 1-2 for the Americans. Meanwhile, Japan's Masatoshi Aso, 17, placed third in 15:58.32. More results there as well. [Link]
Friday, June 22, 2007
If my body is 70% water, then only 30% of me has to swim!
There is no “I” in Team, but there is in Swimmer
In my alphabet there is no D,N or F
The best things in life are free. Back, breast and fly aren't bad either.
Sort of fun to go through. [Link]
I was over at USA Swimming and they have a 20 questions article with Kristy about her life, hobbies and accomplishments post swimming retirement. (She is a land dwelling animal now.)
It seems that once a swimmer wins a medal or medals they seem to try and get as far away from a pool as possible. I am seeing this with Popov, Kowal, Evans, maybe Thorpe, and numerous other heroes. I guess after all those miles it is like asking a mail carrier if they would like to go for a or hike or a walk after they retired. [Link]
Thursday, June 21, 2007
I have been asked by Clay Evans to come up with an idea to entice former club swimmers to start swimming with us again.
There there is always the proverbial contest: Bring us the most new members in between now a the autumn and you win a TYR super hero outfit of your choice?
Here is a snippet from a sample description. On this page is directions, reviews, links to maps and more.
"... At the heart of the wild and remote Big Sur is the deservedly-popular Pfeiffer-Big Sur State Park, through which courses the Big Sur River just before it empties into the Pacific. Of course, you can swim in the Pacific nearby (at Andrew Molera State Beach) but there are also several fresh water swimming holes in the Big Sur River in Pfeiffer-Big Sur S.P.. South of here, along the coast, is Eslen hot springs and other swimming holes. For details see DIRECTIONS below. [Link]
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
"...The swimmer confirmed that she will race 200, 400, 800 and 1,500m free, 50 and 100m back, 200m medley and 200m butterfly at the French nationals at Saint-Raphaël from Sunday to Thursday next week. The 200m backstroke clashes with the 400m freestyle and will therefore not be part of Manaudou's marathon, one which includes the fascinating chemistry of relays for her French club Canet...."
On Kate Ziegler's 1500m WR:
"...One time she knew she would not do right now was Kate Ziegler's new world record of 15:42.54 over 1,500m. But the time would "encourage me to work harder"...."
I suspect Manaudou will have nothing to do with 1500m free till after Beijing. She may swim it but her comment to me seems like a capitulation at least for this year. [Link]
Tangent sidenote: There is this Twilight Zone episode called "A Game of Pool" where actor Jack Klugman portrays a pool shark who wishes he could prove he was the greatest pool player of them all if only he could play the late, Fats Brown, who is played by Jonathan Winters.
Suddenly, out of nowhere, he gets that chance and the ensuing 20 minutes is more about philosophy than it is about playing pool. Winters is the philosopher here as he chides his challenger to go outside more, care about real things, don't take the game so seriously.
I feel that Janet Evans has become that character. Though she adores swimming, has something to do with WADA and philanthropic swim programs, I suspect she feels somewhat emancipated now that her 18-year reign over the 1500m free has ended.
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
I am the wuss on the left in the wetsuit, Anthony is on the right wearing what race founder, Dave Horning, calls the 24/7 suit. ("2tonys" for short.) This group of people we are with are fast! (You all know who you are and we know where you line up. See ya' next year.)
Those two splashes in the middle of the frame are Anthony and I. Note that I am beating him by a body length. ;-) Also note that we are taking the "road less traveled and it made all the difference." Anthony placed 2nd in his division and I placed 14th in mine.
My best friend, Scott Belland took these pictures and I wish he had a Flickr page since he is a brilliant photographer. Alcatraz results page is here: [Link]
An open water clinic will take place this Saturday, 6/23 at 10am, at Venice Beach Pier. To get rate information and register for the clinic all swimmers must call the SCAQ Office at 310 390-5700.
During clinics, you will be learn methods to enter and exit the surf, learn how to read the currents, and learn how to properly sight. Swimmers interested in enrolling for a clinic must feel comfortable in the water, and be able to swim 4x100's on the 2:00. If you are unsure about your swimming ability, it is highly recommended that you enroll in a Swim 101 Clinic prior to the Ocean Clinic or come by a SCAQ workout.
Photo by musengs
Here is what Kate Ziegler said about Laure Manaudou on April 5th of this year at the WCSN blogs: [Link]
Ziegler Was on the Mark Before Meet
Ziegler Riding High After World-Record Swim
Ziegler Breaks Long-Standing Distance Record
Monday, June 18, 2007
From Colorado Springs, Ziegler traveled to Mission Viejo and had a couple of days to prepare for the [TYR] Meet of Champions, ...
Ziegler won the 200 free in 1:58.80, took the 400 free in 4:05.44 and prevailed in the 800 free in 8:24.40. For good measure, Ziegler placed fifth in the 100 free, clocking 56.76. ..."
There's more to read. [Link]
Lot of hyperbole surrounding Ziegler's swim including from me. After sleeping on it, I just don't see how anyone is going to step up to the blocks in Beijing with any sort of confidence that they can beat her. I foresee a triple gold medalist here.
Sports Illustrated on Kate Ziegler's world record: [Link]
Timed Finals 'Who can Stop Kate Ziegler': [Link]
1. Ziegler, Kate 18 Previous Record: 15:53.05 - New World Record 15:42.54
29.23 1:00.49 - (31.26)
1:32.09 (31.60) - 2:03.46 (31.37)
2:35.17 (31.71) - 3:06.74 (31.57)
3:38.34 (31.60) - 4:09.87 (31.53)
4:41.41 (31.54) - 5:13.01 (31.60)
5:44.80 (31.79) - 6:16.48 (31.68)
6:48.07 (31.59) - 7:19.63 (31.56)
7:51.06 (31.43) - 8:22.57 (31.51)
8:53.91 (31.34) - 9:25.42 (31.51)
9:57.07 (31.65) - 10:28.74 (31.67)
11:00.19 (31.45) - 11:31.70 (31.51)
12:03.42 (31.72) - 12:35.17 (31.75)
13:06.55 (31.38) - 13:38.54 (31.99)
14:10.13 (31.59) - 14:41.85 (31.72)
15:13.27 (31.42) - 15:42.54 (29.27)
Sunday, June 17, 2007
This is overwhelmingly decisive. She is not just the best in the world but the best who ever was. This American girl will be unstoppable in Beijing. There is so much enthusiasm, technique and strength in this girl that I wonder how can a swimmer get more motivated than Kate Ziegler? I don't see how Laure Manaudou with all her media distractions and the sniping between France and Italy can.
Lane 9 news used phrases like: "finest performance in history", "vengenance","she attacked", and of course, "made history." Ultimately, this is a huge event. [Link]
I met three gentlemen from WH2O; a swim team in "we ho" or West Hollywood, who ran the two miles to the pier and then swam the same two miles back. (I see these guys at meets a lot.) Speaking of swimming, it was like swimming in a endless pool. There must have been a northernly current for the swim took forever and was demoralizing the whole way. If we do it next week which looks pretty likely, no wetsuit instead I will wear the 24/7 suit.
Anthony got me by 2 minutes this time. I thought it would have been 20 by the time I got out but he had the same issues I had.
Saturday, June 16, 2007
Erik Hochstein once told Bill and I; (Erik and Bill can be seen swimming in the UCLA Bruins Masters Swim Meet movie), that if Dara Torres makes it to the finals at Olympic trials, and she gets up on those blocks, and she hears the crowd, and she knows it could be her last 50... And then he started cracking up! Well, she swam faster last week but today she swam like it was her last 50 and beat two notable simmers.
In the Mare Nostrum at Monte Carlo, Dara handed everybody their bum in the 50 free in a time of 25:00 flat! Victims include Jodie Henry and Alice Mills. Can she get even faster?
Peter Vanderkaay felled Hackett in the 400 free in a time of 3:48.02
Natalie Coughlin was there too. grabbed a third in the 100 fly. Swimming World Link: [Link]
At the TYR Swim Meet of Champions in Mission Viejo, California, Kate Ziegler swam a 4:05.44 to break Janet Evans' pool record of 4:09.44. Snippet from Swim News:
The world champion over 800 and 1500m and the only women to defeat Manaudou on freestyle at Melbourne 2007, took an axe to the pool record that had stood for 19 years to legend Janet Evans at 4:09.46. ...
The men's sprint went to Jason Lezak in 49.74 in a race that saw Roland Schoeman, of the Arizona Tucson Ford squad, finish sixth in 51.25. [Link]
Friday, June 15, 2007
"...Hackett came out on top in 15:00.58 with Vendt not far behind in 15:01.54. ..." [Link]
Erik has to be stoked since he not only held the Olympic champion to less than a second but that he could be swimming faster than Larsen Jensen; (Larsen Jensen swam an 8:12 for an 800m yesterday at the TYR Swim Meet of Champions in Mission Viejo. Vendt swam nearly twice as far at a faster pace.)
A video is included with this one too. Of course one has to be pretty flexible as well to do this one and if you try, watch out if you feel pressure on your lower back.
I bet squeezing a pull buoy between your ankles would firm the outside of your quads as well.
Thursday, June 14, 2007
The first two years of Competitive Swimming. Coach
Foundation for Success: Kicking. Coach
Training for Open Water. Coach Catherine Vogt
Age Group Coaching Philosophy. Coach Mike Lewellyn
KING Aquatic Club-Developing World Class Stroke Characteristics. Coach Sean Hutchison
The Age Group Development of Michael Phelps. Coach Bob Bowman
Fun & Productive Training Sets That Keep Kids Interested. Coach David Salo, Ph.D.
Subsequently, this is a really bad idea. To reduce this concept to the absurd so as to prove the obvious; (redutio ad absurdum), let's say a talented swimmer tests positive for THC, Vicodin or that he/she was stupid enough to take some rave drug like 'X'. (Keep in mind that alcohol does not count since it is a legal "street drug" and dwarfs the rest of the above contraband in both misery and mayhem but it is allowable.)
Swimming officials now have swimmer on their hands who has broken the Australian Swimming bylaws and most likely federal, state and local laws, or however they segment the "law, law" down under.
In this country it is against the law to withhold information about a crime to the police and I assume it is that way in Australia too. Consequently they have to report this violation to the swimmer; the police; his swim team; then FINA, who alerts the media via a press release; and finally any and all sponsors get to hear about it as well.
Instead of getting the swimmer help, the swimmer gets a 'scarlet letter' to wear on his forehead, a career in shambles, monetary loss and media humiliation.
So much for due process and rehab [Link]
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
The 'International Triathlon Union' has to approve the Beijing 'tri' course and they want it live-tested first
There is a lot of politics around this Chinese triathlon route. The IOC said that the 2004 Athens course was the best ever and they want Beijing to top it. (I suppose the last thing you want when trying to sell how beautiful your country is is for athletes to race around iPod factory parking lots or alleyways in between the Nokia cell phone plant and the WallMart distribution center.)
So far they have a reservoir in mind but that does not have the gravitas that the azure blue seas of the Mediterranean have. They should have the course be wherever those Chinese artists ` did those foggy, sumi-e paintings with the islands and the mountains, maybe a tiger looking sinister or a panda bear eating bamboo. A swim in those conditions would look awesome. (As long as it is water you are swimming in and not polyvinyl-chloride waste from a Batman action hero factory.)
However, if they want to go modern then do Hong Kong. Picture lots of neon signs, saturated pastels, local parks full of groups of people doing Tai Chi while racers hum along at 30 mph on titanium bikes while local merchants cheer. Yes, that would look beautiful too. Snippet from the article:
- The triathlon competition route for the Beijing Olympic Games, which has not been ratified by the International Triathlon Union (ITU), needs to be tested in the inaugural Beijing International Triathlon in September, ITU President Les McDonald said Monday in Beijing.
Les McDonald told Xinhua that he inspected the route around the Shisanling Reservoir, 50 kilometers northwest to Beijing, which will be tried in the Beijing International Triathlon slated for September 12.
"However," he said, "we have to wait after the Beijing International to listen to participants' opinion before the final decision is made." [Link]
- On Saturday, I woke up at 6 a.m., had a quick breakfast, did a final gear check and left for the start, which was scheduled for 8 a.m. Upon arrival, I had my race number applied, along with sunscreen and lubricant. I put on my suit and did an easy 20-minute warmup about a half-hour before the start. With 10 minutes to go, we did the final check-in and entered the water.
The start line was about 200 yards from the shoreline, so on the way I swam a few fast, short bursts to get my heart rate up. We lined up, the gun sounded and the race was underway. Despite the high level of competition, the pace during the first lap was a little slower than expected. [Link]
I plan on doing the same but I am going to count my strokes and make sure they maintain the momentum. Isn't that an amazing tip! Here is a link to her blog. She likes to surf: [Link]
Then, after taking 15 minutes or so to warm down she then placed first in the 50m free. All this brought to you by a Swimming World email update. [Link]
The year is 1838: A French swimmer is swimming on his side using a on one-legged breaststroke kick as the primary means of propulsion.
The year is 1875: See how low the swimmers legs go when he takes a breath. It's almost like sighting when swimming in open water. There is very little kick if any.
The year is 1893: Modern technique is becoming more recognizable but the kick and the breathing need work not to mention that there is no rotation.
Circa 2000: The last picture is the from the Total Immersion school. The kick is coming from the hip flexors instead of the knees, there is rotation in the stroke and side breathing plus women are allowed equal access to pools, competitive events, and hydro dynamic swimsuits. You can feel the athleticism as well. The swimmers ankle flexibility is so superior to average that she looks like a ballerina en pointe )
What is ironic is that my swim technique is a bit sketchy and here I am pretending I know something. Let that be a caveat ;-)
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
I just found out today that he is also quite charitable in that he has his own Leukemia Research Foundation pledge page here: [Link]
Lane 9 News has a report that he will be participating in a fund-raising walk to help raise research funds with leukemia on June 21st in Chicago. He will be walking at the 3K Walk and Survivors Strut portion of the 13th Annual ABC7 Jim Gibbons Run/Walk. [Link] - [Carbuyer Article Link]
The icons at the bottom have a slide bar so you can scroll through which events you would like to check out. At first I just waited "patiently" for them to roll by on their own till the appropriate icon appeared. (Okay, it's official, I am not so bright.)
Snippet from the Newsweek article:
- Each LifeStraw contains layers of increasingly fine mesh filters that block bacteria. Iodine beads kill remaining bacteria, along with viruses and many parasites. Active carbon neutralizes the taste of the iodine and knocks out remaining parasites. The LifeStraw currently does not filter out Giardia lamblia, a common parasite (making it a bad choice for U.S. backpackers looking for a way around boiling their camp water), but Vestergaard Frandsen says the company is working on solving that problem. The nine-inch-long straw filters up to 185 gallons of water—about a year's worth of use—after which it needs to be replaced. [Link] LifeStraw Website: [Link] Directions on how to use: [Link]
Monday, June 11, 2007
This is the first of two boats to arrive and these are the first group of swimmers to jump in. Anthony and I were in the second boat and jumped in soon after. It looks a lot higher when it is your turn to jump and it is a blast of cold water if you didn't do a morning swim to acclimate to the 55 degree water beforehand.* (Listen to the people verbally react to the water.)
When a loud, prolonged, foghorn blows, that is the signal to start the race.
On a different note, Anthony got bumped up to second place after it was discovered that the first place finisher was wearing a wet suit. This was probably a clerical error and it was rectified.
*Note, it's best to be one of the first people off the boat so you can acclimate to the water before the race. If you are a slower swimmer it is best to be last. The flailing bodies at the Alcatraz start is very formidable and aggressive.
Gary Emich also has a DVD that Sylvia from the "Just Add Water" blog recommends. Gary Emich DVD, Lane Lines to Shorelines: [Link]
Contrast this to Amanda Weir's 100m free winning time of 56.13 at the Charlotte Ultra Swim; (results), and the fact that Amanda Weir is little more than half-her-age makes the accomplishment even more extraordinary. Here is a Swim News article about the Mare Nostrum event: [Link]
Here is an Yahoo/Eurosport recap on the event that spends the first couple of paragraphs discussing Grant Hackett 400m win; (He is still off his best times), above: [Link]
Sunday, June 10, 2007
OFFICIAL RESULTS 10 KM. MEN
1. THOMAS LURZ - GERMANY 1:51:49,10
2. VLADIMIR DYATCHIN - RUSSIA 1:51:50,71
3. MAARTEN VAN DER EIJDEN - NETHERLANDS 1:51:52,12
4. FRAN CRIPPEN - USA 1:51:54,00
5. CHARLES PETERSON - USA 1:52:03,08
OFFICIAL RESULTS 10 KM. WOMEN
1. ANGELA MAURER - GERMANY 2:00:00,89
2. CHLOE SUTTON USA 2:00:05,12
3. POLIANA OKIMOTO - BRAZIL 2:00:06,78
4. KERI-ANNE PAYNE - GREAT BRITAIN 2:00:21,19
5. CASSANDRA PATTEN - GREAT BRITAIN 2:00:21,41
Amanda weir had a good meet too placing first in in the 100 Free. [Link]
I will check for You Tubes and post them soon.
The results are not posted yet but I swam a personal best time of 34:51 with an
Anthony and I swam a near perfect race: We nailed how to use the tide to our advantage, we lined up with a bunch of experienced swimmers, we went out hard for the first 200 yards separating ourselves from the pack till we had clean water around us instead of black neoprene.
At first I was startled because as fast as we were swimming the massive pod or rubber and flesh was keeping up with us. It took nearly 150 yards for pod capitulation to take place and for us to get into to a space where the focus was the finish instead keeping feet and arms out of your face.
Anthony and I would lose each other but then 500 yards later he would be at my side which only made us both swim harder. I saw him for the final time when we were 200 yards from the finish. It was there I saw him swim past two swimmers whereas I swam into them; (Or they swam into me), and a water polo game suddenly ensued. One swimmer stayed with me and beat me on the sand by three steps the other evaporated behind us.
It was a ferocious race and I learned something unique to open water swims: you know you are close to the front when you catch another swimmer and they don't like it, they swim harder and they make it a project to beat you.
Side note: a freighter nearly ran over the kayak support staff traveling about 30 knots in between Alcatraz and the Aquatic park. He wasn't suppose to do that. A cop on a Jet-Ski had to wrangle half of the kayak crew out of the way while the others had to storm across its path as quickly as possible.
The image is a shot of the bay from the restaurant we ate at. Alcatraz is the island in the foreground.
Saturday, June 09, 2007
John William Anglin (May 2, 1930 - presumed dead June 11, 1962) was an American criminal who escaped from Alcatraz along with his brother Clarence and Frank Morris on June 11, 1962 and then was never heard from again.
In the 1979 Escape from Alcatraz movie John Anglin was played by Fred Ward. Anglin was born in Donalsonville, Georgia. His FBI wanted poster states his occupation as a farmer and a laborer. He and his brother were arrested for grand larceny and bank robbery.
John and Clarence Anglin -- who were considered loud-mouthed and hot-headed -- were both excellent escape artists, and they managed to weave their way out of most prisons. They ended up at Alcatraz after Clarence was found in a bread-bin at Leavenworth.
John Anglin was the second to know about the plan; for about two years he chiseled the ventilator grill at the back of his cell. The Anglins and Morris escaped the island on the night of June 11, 1962.