Monday, January 31, 2011
A gallery link to places I would rather be right now - all of them contain some of the best open water swimming in existence!
The gallery at YuRock is aptly titled "Heaven on Earth" which is definitely not an understatement: [Link]
Friday, January 21, 2011
I am not well versed in the dark arts of tax forms but by simply "glazing" through 45-pages of the the USAS 990 Public Disclosure document one could not help but notice some very, large, hairy, warts staring back.
Thursday, January 20, 2011
Here is a link to a series of photos of Eamon Sullivan doing what every boy who has ever had access to a pool has done every summer.
From the Sydney Morning Herald: [Link]
Google Analytics tells me that Geoff Huegill was my most searched for swimmer to this blog and each week he remains in the top ten. Mostly visitors like to read how far he had fallen and then how hard to worked to come back. I spoke with his rep by email some months ago and he confirmed that Geoff is motivated, inspired, and in the game.
Now, Geoff Huegill tells the Brisbane Times that he wants to see wants to Ian Thorpe on an Australian relay team with him in the London 2012 Games.
WOW! I hate to say this but I would be rooting for that team because even though I am an American, I am a sucker for sincere comeback stories.
Here are some quotes which includes some polite trash talk towards Michael Phelps.
From the Brisbane Times:
"Absolutely. I hope I have ignited a fire in his (Thorpe's) belly," the champion butterflier told AAP.
"Hopefully he will swim on and want to be a relay swimmer (at London)."
Thorpe has been spotted training in Sydney and been in close contact with national head coach Leigh Nugent in recent months, adding to speculation he may return after his 2006 retirement.
Saturday, January 15, 2011
"... AUSTIN, Texas — Michael Phelps won the 100m backstroke at the Austin Grand Prix, but the 14-time Olympic gold medallist said his winning time showed he has plenty of work to do. ..."
"I would really like to work on being able to finish a race better. My legs were in a lot of pain. That's just lack of being in shape. I would like to feel a lot less (fatigue) than what I am, just because it's close to the world championships and we're heading into an Olympic trial year."
Beneath the surface: That place where things seemingly move in slow motion, where gravity is suspended and dark scary, creatures reside. Here is a link to a underwater photo gallery at Designer Terminal featuring 65-images to marvel at.
The London Aquatics center is starting to beef up a bit. The roof looks finished, The stands are now being created and how about all that scaffolding within the center itself? I do believe that this will be a beautiful facility and I hope they make the surrounding environment just as aesthetic.
Here is a link to the London Aquatics Center webcam: [Link]
Friday, January 14, 2011
On Wednesday, Lochte posted a tweet saying"...Just cruisin down the road... Wit myboi @rexgator44 !! Ya dig!! Jeah!!!"With a photo attached of a speedometer. A zoomed-in portion of that photo can be seen at above right, with the operative number being 166 -- as in 166 mph...
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Friday, January 07, 2011
"Polar Bear Swim" - 14-million-year-old lake with oxygen 50-times greater than normal could eventually be unleashed unto a barren land!
Lake Vostok, which has been sealed off from the world for 14 million years, is about to be penetrated by a Russian drill bit.The lake, which lies four kilometres below the icy surface of Antarctica, is unique in that it's been completely isolated from the other 150 subglacial lakes on the continent for such a long time. It's also oligotropic, meaning that it's supersaturated with oxygen -- levels of the element are 50 times higher than those found in most typical freshwater lakes.
"... Of course we stand by our original story. Both parties told us in plain language they were going separate ways. There was no confusion about this. I believe the quotes we used were quite plain. ..."
Thursday, January 06, 2011
From Lane 9 News:
After a short holiday break, Hutchinson resumed coaching the elite swimmers associated with the USOC-funded program that is channeled through USA Swimming as a program hosted by Fullerton Aquatic Swim Team (FAST). [...]
Bill Jewell, CEO and head coach of FAST told Swimming World that "He (Hutchison) did not resign. He was not fired. I do not know who started those rumors nor how it got into the press. Sean did communicate a plan to move on at some point and I support that 100 percent. That is the current plan we are working under."
Both papers had quotes from Bill Jewel stating that Sean Hutchison resigned. Both papers included detailed quotes:
From the Washington Post:
"... He is going his own way," Jewell said. "I'm just not comfortable with some of the rumors, and I addressed them with him. Basically, the rest is pretty much private and personal and I don't want to get into it."
Jewell also said: "I didn't ask him to leave. I asked him to solve this problem. . . . I'm being proactive. . . . Sean has always been an entrepreneurial guy; I suspect this is really what this is about. "
From USA Today:
"...I brought these issues to Sean's attention, and Sean denied these things," Jewell said. "I, in turn, was relieved with his denial. But still, I'm a guy running this club and I've got rumors flying around out there. I've got parents saying, 'Is my child safe in your place?' I have to address these kind of issues." ..."I find it hard to believe that both USA Today and The Washington Post would make up ad hoc quotes and put them into their papers with Bill Jewell's named attached to them. Both papers make it clear that these were Jewell's quotes. Where did they get them?
Did some anonymous source claim they overheard all of this or did Bill Jewell wake up with a "horse's head" in his bed?
Photo above: Tyler Clary wearing a FAST cap at the TYR Swim Meet of Champions.
Wednesday, January 05, 2011
Michael Phelps has a swim school - Personally, I think it should be called the Bob Bowman Swim School!
The Michael Phelps Swim School Is Coming to Greenwich, CTGREENWICH, CT--(Marketwire - January 5, 2011) - The Michael Phelps Swim School is coming to Greenwich, CT. The methods and techniques taught to the world's greatest Olympic swimmer are now available for swimmers of all ability levels, ages 3-12. Classes will be held Tuesday afternoons and Saturday mornings at Greenwich Catholic School beginning January 15. Enrollment for classes is now open."Our school offers lessons from teachers trained in a comprehensive method of instruction developed over the last 30 years," said Michael Phelps Swim School CEO and Olympic coach, Bob Bowman. "Michael Phelps learned to swim in this program."Students will not only receive swim instruction based on the motor skills of swimming (kicking, stroking, and rhythmic breathing), but also the mental preparation to understand the properties of water, in order to be better prepared to swim. Participants will learn personal safety, stroke technique, and rescue skills, as well as the mechanics of floating, how to achieve balance in the water, proper body positioning and optimal breathing practices."This school offers the finest lessons available. The combination of teaching physical and mental concepts has made our program a success for nearly 30 years and ensures each participant has the opportunity to become safe, comfortable, and confident in, and around, the water," says James Barone, General Manager, Michael Phelps Swim School, Greenwich, CT. "But it's not all work. We've taken our time in selecting the most competent instructors, who we then train to introduce these concepts in fun and imaginative ways."About the Michael Phelps Swim SchoolThe Michael Phelps Swim School is based in Baltimore, MD. The school boasts a learn to swim program geared toward all ages and abilities. Lessons from the Michael Phelps Swim School are the first step in a lifetime of aquatic safety and fitness. For more information on registration, please visit: [Link]
Tuesday, January 04, 2011
Dana Volmer is next to her and she kicks throughout the race. Could these two girls be faster if they had a six beat kick or is this laconic use of their kick keeping them more oxygenated for the back half?
"...And among the contenders: Philippe Lucas . La Gazzetta dello Sport revealed that the coach of Amaury Leveaux and Benjamin Stasilius would swell the ranks of potential coaches of former rival Laure Manaudou. (To be read in Team Friday) ..."
Monday, January 03, 2011
I received two pairs, a womens pair and and mens pair. I gave the womens pair to Diane to "beta test" and she went on long walk in 42-degree weather just before a storm was about to roll in. She called me later and said, "I am not giving you these back, thanks for the Christmas present!" So it looks like I am buying them.
When I put on the hoodie, I was stoked, no wind sneaking in yet it felt breathable. I wore the sweats for only a short time and I am thoroughly impress as to how light they feel and how warm you stay. It was then that I realized what blueseventy is really best at and it is so obvious too yet you never see it in their branding message: Their stuff keeps you warm and comfortable.
Even when they made real techsuits instead of jammers, the suits kept you warm in between swims. I remember Joel telling me that when I was freezing at UCLA Masters meet wearing a textile techsuit while he looked composed. (That is a photo of Joel at the top of this post. Note the timers wearing sweaters and vests.)
When I finally got a blueseventy nero comp, I remember feeling warm and relaxed during a breezy meet in Long Beach between heats. Function is senior to form when it comes to comfort and blueseventy is good at both so far.
'New York Times' Blog 'Freakonomics' intrigue by the dark arts of setting up a Masters 400 IM relay!
I can't quote very much of the post since I would reveal the heart of the article which could be a copyright problem; (I am not sure). Instead, here is one sentence where he notes some complexity:
"... The programming problem becomes even more complex because each swimmer’s time slows at a different rate in different events. ..."
Above are SCAQ members Dan and Chris who swim in two different age groups but swim numerous IM relays together.
Sunday, January 02, 2011
Blogger, Rob Dumouchel, of RobAquatics.com swims and completes an Avila Beach, Pier-to-Pier, swim at Pismo Beach without a wetsuit in middle 50-degree water.
This was an epic test of endurance and ability. Hypothermia charts predict exhaustion or unconsciousness can take only one-to-two hours, expected time of survival is 1-6 hours. Rob completed the marathon swim in about 4-hours.
Could this become a premier "polar bear event?"
Polar Bears Toronto at a place called Ashbridge's Bay. If a Polar Bear Swim takes place in Canada on the first of January, you know the temperature is obscene. Several photos and a slide show too.
Atlantic City Polar Bear frolicking in 50-degree air and water hovering around a toasty 37-degrees.
Saturday, January 01, 2011
Luckily there was any not ice to break through at Charlottetown harbor, located somewhere in the UK where it snows. (Wait, it now snows everywhere there.) At the Charlottetown event. 100-people sprinted into the drink and some went in for a second dunk. My personal DNA prevents me from such frivolity and I draw the line at 65-degrees ABOVE zero without a wetsuit.
20-minutes north of me, at Hansen Dam, a small group of people braved 68-degree air temps and decided to take a dip into some 45-degree chlorinated water. OH! the humanity!
More tomorrow qwhen the photos come in.Welcome to Coney, Island, New York - Lovin' that that FINA approved tech suit! - This quote says it all: "..."I don't know of any definitive medical studies that have been done to measure the health benefits of cold-water swimming," Dr. Alan Steinman, one of the country's foremost experts on hypothermia and cold-water survival told MSNBC.com. "
He finishes up saying that for some a quick plunge into ridiculously cold water can KILL YOU and that you should enter the water slowly and gracefully. For me that means I put my feet into the water in early June and then fully submerged by July.
More Polar Bear swims tomorrow once more photos are posted.
'Rio 2016' logo revealed and the only thing nice I can say about is that it is nicer than the 'London 2012' logo.
If the London logo gets an "F", this one gets a low "D"