Just like the Christmas song, the 12 days of fitness is an accumulating Challenge in which you start day 1 with 1 exercise and finish on day 12 with a circuit of 12 exercises! 1st Day of fitness: 1 minute plank 2nd Day of fitness: 2 minute wall squat 3rd Day of fitness: 3 minute bridge 4th Day of fitness: 4 burpees 5th Day of fitness: 5 star jumps 6th Day of fitness: 6 push ups 7th Day of fitness: 7 mountain climbers 8th Day of fitness: 8 squats 9th Day of fitness: 9 chair dips 10th Day of fitness: 10 tuck jumps 11th Day of fitness: 11 lunges 12th Day of fitness: 12 crunches
Natalie Coughlin, the most decorated U.S. female Olympian of all time, and Adhemas Batista, a Brazilian artist whose innovative illustrations and designs feature bold, beautiful colors, created a lyrical swim cap inspired by Natalie’s love of the ocean. A California girl through and through, Coughlin grew up near the water and her cap’s wave-like design and colors reflect her love for swimming and her passion for the environment. Coughlin is a long-time supporter of Right to Play, a global organization that uses sports to educate and empower children facing adversity; proceeds from Coughlin’s limited edition Speedo swim cap will go to the organization, which reaches one million children in regular weekly activities, teaching them critical life skills that affect positive, sustainable change. “I thought Art of the Cap was such a fantastic idea,” said Coughlin. “Not only does it help us give back to our charities but it gives us a creative outlet.”
Lane 1 - The Guardian posts "A swimmer's Christmas gift guide. Knowing your loved one likes to swim isn't enough – step away from the nose clips and take the initiative for a memorable present."
Lane 2 - Go Swim posts "All Strokes - Soft Hands. When taper time comes up and you want to swim your fastest, it's a good idea to sharpen your connection with the water with feel."
Lane 3 - ESPN W posts (w/video) "Impact 10:No. 4 Diana Nyad. And when she emerged from the surf on Sept. 2, having traversed one of the most intimidating 103 miles on earth without the aid of shark cages, 53 hours after she began the trek and 35 years after she first embarked on the journey, Diana Nyad's words suggested she was kidding herself, as well."
100 kick then another 100 kick using my swim snorkle and the headstrong posture trainer. Trying to keep my head aligned. (200/800)
4x50's using the swim snorkel and the headstrong posture trainer. (200/1,000)
I knew I was only swimming for a short time so I used it to work on technique with the toys. I just can't get use to swimming or kicking with the swim snorkel. It's annoying but since I bought it I really should use it. Same for the posture thingy. It's pretty damn clear that I keep my head way up too high. Oh well, at least I swam.
My Progress for Go The Distance 2013 Month Total Distance Jan 6.96 miles (=12,250 yards, =11,201 meters) Feb 6.25 miles (=11,000 yards, =10,058 meters) Mar 2.50 miles (=4,400 yards, =4,023 meters) Apr 7.02 miles (=12,350 yards, =11,293 meters) May 7.10 miles (=12,500 yards, =11,430 meters) Jun 12.10 miles (=21,300 yards, =19,477 meters) Jul 13.44 miles (=23,650 yards, =21,626 meters) Aug 8.96 miles (=15,775 yards, =14,425 meters) Sep 12.07 miles (=21,250 yards, =19,431 meters) Oct 3.24 miles (=5,700 yards, =5,212 meters) Nov 8.61 miles (=15,150 yards, =13,853 meters) Dec 1.76 miles (=3,100 yards, =2,835 meters) Total 90.01 miles (=158,425 yards, =144,864 meters)
Hopefully I can get in a swim tomorrow morning. That is up in the air and then I might not swim again to Sunday. As long as I swim more then March I'll be happy!
Sprint star Nathan Adrian, who won gold in the 100m Freestyle in London, partnered with celebrated Peruvian illustrator Gianmarco Magnani to create a swim cap that pays tribute to his hard-working hometown of Bremerton, Washington, and its ship-building history. Growing up near the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Adrian was inspired by the speed, power and integrity of a battleship as it moves through the water – attributes all reflected in the swim cap’s design; the number 08, prominently displayed on one side of the cap, is a nod to his family’s Chinese heritage and to his first Olympics in 2008 in Beijing. Adrian and his cap are supporting Kids Beating Cancer, a non-profit organization founded by Margaret Voight Guedes in memory of her son that works to ensure children can receive life-saving cancer treatment regardless of their family’s financial situation. “I feel like I’m in a really blessed position,” said Adrian. “With that position, I’ve always felt a need and a desire to give back to people who haven’t been given the ability to live their dreams.”