Six elite Australian athletes are tested to see who has what it takes to make it in the gruelling sport of IronMan. Episode One features Sydney Swans AFL star Lewis Jetta, Newcastle Knights NRL pro Kurt Gidley and cricket ace Simon Katich.
Lane 1 - NBC Sports posts "Missy Franklin takes measures to keep back spasms in the past. Missy Franklin continues to do physical therapy to prevent a recurrence of back spasms, which first struck her two days before the Pan Pacific Championships in August, the biggest international meet of the year."
Lane 2 - USA Today posts "Katie Ledecky finding challenges after dominant year. "We talk about getting better, and she's all in; she buys into that," said Bruce Gemmell, Ledecky's coach. "We do the things you need to do to get better. When you're already really good, getting better leads to the kind of outcomes she had. There were maybe a couple challenges that I don't want to say I thought she might back down from, because that would be not true, but that I wasn't sure she was ready to take head on. She just took them head on."
Lane 3 - MSN9 posts "Chinese swim star fails drug test. Chinese swimming sensation Sun Yang served a three-month doping ban this season before returning to competition, officials revealed on Monday in the country's biggest drugs case in years."
Lane 4 - The West Australian posts "Swimming NZ slams Rio schedule change. Swimming New Zealand has added its voice to concerns at suggestions the 2016 Rio Olympics swimming finals could be moved to late evening to fit in with American television."
Lane 5 - The Race Club posts "Swimisodes - Backstroke with Junya Koga - Head Position. swimming technique is common because it increases the pulling power and the awareness of where a swimmer’s body position is in the lane, particularly outdoors in the bright sun however elevating the head in swimming backstroke increases frontal drag, slowing the swimmer down."
Lane 6 - Active posts "2 Workouts to Maintain Swim Fitness All Year. The perfect set for overall fitness and maintaining your feel for the water."
Lane 7 - Swimming World posts "TYR Hurricane Wetsuit Featured on SwimOutlet.com Tech Talk."
Lane 8 - USA Today "Rio's 2016 Olympic mascot looks like Anderson Varejao."
I'm in Hawaii for the next week so this workout is in honor of that. Meaning it's easy because I'm lazy.
300 swim 200 kick 300 pull 200 IM drill
4 x 200s pull 4 x 100s swim 3rd 25 kick 4 x 50s under water Kick down swim back 4 x 25s fly
My name is Joe Denton, I am a 41 year old swimmer in Seattle Washington. I've been swimming competitively since I was 11 (with an 8 year break in the middle somewhere) and find the pleasure to be worth the sacrifice. I swim with a few local master's teams in the Seattle area and also on my own due to scheduling conflicts. Because of that, I end up writing a lot of my own workouts which is something I've recently discovered I really enjoy. I end up reading a lot about the training techniques that are being developed and in my free time watch training videos on YouTube and other sites. My workouts tend to focus on stroke as I am primarily and IM'er, but I also do a fair amount of distance free training as I swim a few open water distance events as well (but those workouts tend to be in the spring/summer).
Lane 1 - 9MSN posts "AOC to fight midnight swim in Rio. Australian Olympic Committee president John Coates will fight the "unreasonable" proposal to hold some of the swimming finals at the 2016 Rio Games late at night. Due to pressure from American TV networks, it has been planned to begin the final sessions at 10pm local time, meaning some gold medals would be decided after midnight."
Lane 2 - Coldwell Banker posts "Welcome Home, Olympian Amy Van Dyken-Rouen! After a tragic ATV accident that left Olympic swimmer Amy Van Dyken-Rouen paralyzed from the waist down, George Oliphant comes to the rescue to help make her home wheelchair-accessible before Amy returns home from rehab. Here Amy shares what she feels makes a house a home."
Lane 3 - ioL Sport posts "Chad loses teeth, not his looks. Swim sensation Chad le Clos caused a stir when he posted pictures on social networking site Instagram of his head bandaged, along with this cryptic message: “Successful op, thanks for all the support. Very painful recovery ahead.” Well, they can rest assured he remains as handsome as ever. As for the surgery, it was nothing too dramatic. He had his wisdom teeth removed this week, his father, Bert, revealed with a chuckle."
Lane 4 - USA Swimming posts "CATCHING UP WITH BRENDAN HANSEN. Brendan Hansen is well aware of the definition of insanity – doing the same thing the same way over and over but expecting a different outcome. He knows it well because he’s lived it at times in the past when it came to his training. Now, as the general manager and head swimming coach at the soon-to-be-Christened Austin Aquatics and Sports Academy in his adopted Texas hometown, he intends to change things up and break the “insanity” cycle with his group of swimmers."
Lane 5 - The Economist posts "Free riding in swimming. Take your time. In an article published in the European Economic Review last year, Michael Neugart, of the Technical University of Darmstadt, and Matteo Richiardi, of the University of Torino, analysed data on 7,000 major swimming competitions held between 1972 and 2009. The huge trove of data allowed the researchers to compare the splits of swimmers who took part both in the individual and relay races in the same competition and isolate the causes of their performance."
Lane 6 - Gay.net posts "25 TIMES TOM DALEY WORE A SPEEDO BETTER THAN EVERYONE ON EARTH."
Swim time! If it's Sunday it's Swimday! WIth work the only day I can get to the pool in the morning to swim with the gang is Sunday's at 7:30am so I woke up and decided to bring both the Pebble Watch and my old Garmin Swim to have a swim off. Last week I posted LINK my first swim with the Pebble Watch. It didn't go so well as the Swim.com software at this time only recognizes Freestyle and Backstroke. For most lap swimmers or triathletes or just fun swimmers that is more then enough. But for IM'ers or those who swim workouts with butterfly or breaststroke the Pebble doesn't cut it as of now. So today I decided to switch watches in between sets to give them a side by side review.
Warm Up - Pebble Watch:
200 Freestyle Swim
100 Freestyle Pull w/o Paddles
200 Freestyle Pull w/ Paddles (500)Lots of information can be found with the Swim.com website. Bascially you need to install the Swim.com app on the Pebble Watch and then on your iPhone/iPad install the Swim.com Pebble Uploader. Pretty simple and all FREE. The Dashboard at Swim.com is very easy to read but offers pretty much everything you need to know about your swim workout. It is odd that for Stroke Type I get UKNOWN considering it only reads Freestyle and Backstroke.
Drill Set - Garmin Swim:
4x125's 15 seconds rest w/fins
25 Swim (500/1000)
Rut oh! I accidently hit the wrong setting. I thought I was in Drill Mode on my Garmin when I was in a Custom Mode. Mind you this doesn't happen with the Pebble since Pebble doesn't have these modes. I love DRILL Mode on my Garmin to track kicking and dreaded drill sets. One other thing I noticed later on is sometimes with the Garmin watch I don't set the watch to start the next leg of a set. The Garmin makes a low long beep to let you know when it's starting again while the Pebble has a short vibration to let you know it's starting again. Pebble wins on the Vibration but Garmin wins on Drill Mode.
Main Set - Both Garmin & Pebble:
2 Rounds -
200 (50 Free / 100 Stroke / 50 Free) on 3:30
4x50's Stoke Descending on 1:30 maybe. Somethine super easy
rest 60 seconds
First round the stroke was back, second round it was breast! (900/1900)
I started the 200 with the backstroke with the Garmin only to remember I could use the Pebble for the set so switched to Pebble.
The first graph/chart is from the Pebble for the 50's Backstroke. Lots of information in a quick view. Thne the next chart/graph is the Classic Garmin view of the 200 with breast in the middle. The final chart/graph is the Modern Garmin view of the 50's breast. The each offer differnt data points but enough for one to understand a swim set. More importantly you can upload your Garmin Swims into Swim.com. I've done it in the past but struggle to do that today.
Drills - Garmin Swim:
4x75's w/ fins IM no free (300/2200)
Sprints - Garmin Swim:
4x25's IM order on 60. (100/2300)
Then I did 4x50's easy free pulling to play with the Pebble. (200/2500)
I'm not done with the Pebble yet. I'm going to swim one more time this week. Do I like it? YES! The screen is big the numbers are big! My old eyes can read it! It stays Bluetoothed to my phone so I get text, twitter and other alerts right on my wrist. For swimming I'm mixed as it yet to read strokes only Freestyle and Backstroke. But I think for lap swimmers who are looking for a watch this is the one to get. IM'ers or swimmers to do stroke work may want to hold off or get the Garmin. Either way upload your workouts to Swim.com.
My Progress for Go The Distance 2014
Month Total Distance Jan 2.76 miles (=4,850 yards, =4,435 meters) Feb 4.15 miles (=7,300 yards, =6,675 meters) Mar 5.82 miles (=10,250 yards, =9,373 meters) Apr 7.41 miles (=13,050 yards, =11,933 meters) May 13.59 miles (=23,926 yards, =21,878 meters) Jun 5.60 miles (=9,850 yards, =9,007 meters) Jul 2.44 miles (=4,300 yards, =3,932 meters) Aug 4.15 miles (=7,300 yards, =6,675 meters) Sep 2.22 miles (=3,900 yards, =3,566 meters) Oct 2.64 miles (=4,650 yards, =4,252 meters) Nov 2.67 miles (=4,700 yards, =4,298 meters) Total 53.45 miles (=94,076 yards, =86,023 meters)
At least I swam more this month so far then last. Got one more swim in to go, hopefully!