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.
Ignore that damn uncalibrated Nike+ and remember it was a 5 mile run not a 4.55 mile run. Overall I completed the same run faster today then ever before meaning a new Personal Best of 39.48. I started off pretty slow trying to keep with a pace group of people who I recognize. I end up in the same pack almost every week when I go so I just hunted them down. But this time they went a bit faster between mile one and two and got a few red lights ahead of me. Once past Sunset I booked it up the hill. You can see in the run how all of a sudden I just started going faster. I love that hill once we cross Sunset as I usually can break away from whatever pack I am in and I was in a slower pack due to some bad timing of lights. I should have been like the one runner and ignore that one red light. I ended up catching her later on but my pace could have maybe been faster. Then again would I have pushed myself to catch up to them if I was in that pack? I went to the Cool Running Pace Calculator which calculated my pace of 7:57. That is below my goal 10K pace! I want to do a 50 flat or better in a 10K.
I've mentioned earlier about how Raving Rabbids 3: TV Party would use the Wii Fit's Balance Board but when I did I didn't know how or why. Well Ubisoft just release this trailer showing how you sit on your ass and move to control your Raving Rabbid. Also the new game has a fun dancing game used with the Wii Controller and Numchuck. This game is the game to make anyone go out and buy Wii Fit. That is if you can find one. Check out the trailer below:
Last August I posted about a story out of NY in which a man had a bit of spin rage during a spin class and attacked a fellow spinner. You can read the article HERE. Well almost a year later and the case is in court. It seems spinner Stuart Sugarman likes to get verbal with his classmates and instructors while fellow spinner a Mr. Carter prefers a more quiet class. Here are a few snippets from the NY Sun:
For Stuart Sugarman, 48, any amount of noise goes. From the witness
stand in Manhattan Criminal Court yesterday, Mr. Sugarman told a jury
about grunting during a good workout and releasing exclamations of "you
go girl," and "great song."
The evidence suggests that Mr. Carter, a stockbroker, preferred a
quieter workout than Mr. Sugarman was prepared to allow his fellow
cyclists. Mr. Carter wasn't the only one who wished Mr. Sugarman would
quiet down. Even the prosecution's first witness, Sherri Sandel, who
pedaled next to Mr. Sugarman, said she found his constant noises
Still, Dr. Sandel said she was frightened at how Mr. Carter
responded to the annoyance. First he cursed at Mr. Sugarman. Then he
got off his bicycle to go talk with a class instructor about getting
Mr. Sugarman to quiet down. Finally, Dr. Sandel testified, Mr. Carter
went over to Mr. Sugarman's bike and lifted the front end off the
ground, then dropped it back down, with Mr. Sugarman atop it all the
Holy Crap! I've been to various spin classes at my gym and yes we have an array of people. You have those who like to interact who sit up front. Just like the teacher's pet in jr high school. Then you have the people who come and go without saying anything and sometimes come late and leave early. They all sit in the back. Many of the spin instructors I have been to encourage us to interact. It seems like Mr. Sugarman was just enjoying the class in my view. If the instructor didn't tell him to pipe down then I don't see how Mr. Carter decided to take action.
All I can say is that I'm glad these guys don't go to my gym. Check out this funny vid clip from Minyanville
I was reading various blogs earlier today and came upon Fit Sugar's Battle Royale "Swimming vs Jogging".
The Fit Sugar ladies compare 30 minutes of swimming vs 30 minutes of jogging to decide which workout burns the most calories. While taking the quiz, which I failed, I was puzzled by two things. First right off the bat the Fit Sugar Quiz asks:
: If you're swimming in a standard 25 yard long pool, how many laps (two lengths of a pool) equals one mile?
I look but don't see the answer I'm looking for, which would be 66 laps. I see 33 laps but that isn't a 1650. The other choices are not right either. Hmm...when I get my results of the Fit Sugar Quiz the "correct" answer is 33 laps. WTF? The reasoning over at Fit Sugar is this:
One lap in a 25 yard long pool equals 50 yards. A swimmer's mile is
Okay in my 1/2 life of 38 years that I've been swimming in competitive swimming I've always referred to one length as being one lap. When you swim a 1650 in a race and you have someone count for you the lap
counters count up to 66 laps not 33. So if those plastic things we use to count say a 1650 is 66 laps it is 66 laps. Isn't that why we call them lap counters?
I'm sure the folks at Fit Sugar are using running around a track as a lap as a guide to swimming. In fact a quick google search has pages and pages of results that doesn't actually clarify what makes up a swim lap. So what do you think my fine readers, what is a lap?
Another question of the Fit Sugar Quiz that bothers me just a bit less is:
: Which burns more calories: swimming or jogging for 30 minutes?
With the answer of:
For a 30-minute workout, jogging burns 60 more calories than swimming.
They use the running guide of running 30 minutes at a 10 minute pace but for swimming they just use the term "moderate" without actually defining any pace. Now I'm a slow runner so a 10 minute pace is a nice easy run for me but when it comes to swimming what I think is moderate (100 free on a 1:20 pace) is different to what you may think is moderate. I think they should qualify that.
One of my favorite blogs http://www.nintendowiifanboy.com is giving away a Nintendo Wii Fit and some other swag. Check the LINK for rules, regulations, deadlines, etc. Hopefully I will win but if not I'd rather someone I know win so I can come over and play. On a side note when I was in SF over the weekend the city was plastered with Wii Fit ads. My friend asked me what it was and I did my best to explain. Now that it is confirmed that my favorite game Raving Rabbids next version will use the Wii Fit I know I'll have to get it someday to play.