Detroit - Cadillac, a division of General Motors, has jumped into the battle for swimmers money with the new Cadillac Escalade. The New Escalade SMWR has been approved by FINA for this summers Olympic Open Water Swim Event. Olympic officials decided to let swimmers use the Escalade after testing the waters of China and realizing the Escalade will actually soak up more pollution than it normally makes. FINA officials have yet to rule on if it will allow Escalade for pool swimming. source autoblog In other news...
Swimwear makers Mizuno Corp., Asics Corp. and Descente Ltd. have all presented their new tech swim suits to the Japanese Swimming Federation. You may recal the JSF requires national team swimmers to wear the domestic companies'
products for contractual reasons. So no Speedo or TYR for them. Each swimwear maker has a different approach to the tech suits:
Asics has used a polyurethane material for its two new types of suit to squeeze the legs to produce powerful kicks.
Descente, which produces swimwear under the Italian "Arena'' brand,
has developed two types of suit based on polyurethane materials after
closely analysing the LZR Racer.
Mizuno suit had a new material tightening the swimmer's body, like the LZR
Racer, to keep the ideal posture and reduce friction with water.
The headline says it all about this mornings swim practice. I was coughing, swimming and gasping for air. After thinking I was over my cold the chlorine somehow allowed my cough to come back. Damn! I came to workout already a bit tired and a little worried that I havn't been to a workout in a week. Yes, I did a lap swim on my own on Wednesday but I took it pretty easy. Luckily we had two fast lanes so I jumped in the slower of the two. Every so often during workout I coughed. Not too much but an annoyance to say the least. For warmup I took my time getting in the water so I only got in a 200 before we started the warm up set.
Warm Up Set: 2x100 Free on 1:25 2x50's Free on 45 100 Kick on 2:00 8x25's Kick on 30
With little warm up and feeling a bit under the weather I actually held my own during the warm up set. In fact even with last nights run my kicking was a bit stronger than normal.
Main Set: 4x200 Free on 2:40 75 Drill on 1:20 4x150's on 2:10 (1 - freestyle, 2- 100 free / 50 stroke, 3- 50 free / 100 stroke, 4- all stroke. (I did backstroke for the stroke as it was choice. With my coughing I didn't want to even try to do it fly) 75 Drill on 1:20 (did a 25 and took a pee break, came back and waited for the next 60 (top of the clock) to begin the next part) 5x100's IM on 1:45 50 easy
The main set was on way too slow of an intervals for me. I was getting too much rest. But considering how I felt I thought the extra rest was important. It was pretty clear during the 4x200's free that even if I was coughing I was in pretty good shape for the workout today. Every 200 I was doing under 2:20. The other fast lane told me I should be swimming with them. But I really wanted the extra rest in case my cough got worse or I just got tired. As for my lane, well normally I'd be pissed at them for sitting out a lot of the set like they did but since I decided to go in the slower fast lane it was my choice to swim with them. I was nearly lapping them anyways.
Pull Set: 200 Free breathing every 3/5/57 by 50 8x50's on 55 Freestyle 1&5 good technique stretched out, 2/3/6/7 breathing every 5, 4 & 8 breathing 3 down and 1 back. I was using paddles so this was pretty easy.
Overall it was a good workout. I felt strong even with all the coughing. Oh and I still believe that a length of a pool is a lap.