I have the iBook on my iPad and whenever I'm having a blue moment I open it up and just look at these cute pups. Cute pups in water! The perfect swimmer gift book!
More about "UNDERWATER DOGS" - The Book!
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Lane 1 - In Swimmers In Name Only: Adequacy.net posts "Debut Album and Video from Olympic Swimmers. Olympic Swimmers formed in 2009, and comprise of Susie Smillie (vocals), Simon Liddell (guitar), Graeme Smillie (bass, keyboard, vocals), Jamie Savage (guitar, keyboard), and Jonny Scott (drums, vocals). With strong family connections (Simon and Susie are siblings, Graeme and Susie are married) and close longstanding friendships as their grounding the band have a collaborative approach to songwriting.http://www.olympicswimmers.co.uk/ " Meanwhile Spinner posts "Great Lake Swimmers, 'Hang a String of Lights' -- Song Premiere."
Lane 2 - KXAN posts (w/video) "Olympians swimming in Austin. Lochte, Franklin among those racing at UT. Olympian Ryan Lochte barely missed breaking his own American record in the 200-yard individual medley Thursday on opening night of the Winter National Championships at the Jamail Texas Swim Center at the University of Texas."
Lane 3 - USA Swimming posts via youtube "Ryan Lochte - Day 1 - AT&T Nationals."
Lane 4 - USA Swimming posts via youtube "Katie Ledecky - Day 1 - AT&T Nationals"
Lane 5 - Australian Institute of Fitness posts via youtube "Touring the Institute's QLD campus with Emily Seebohm. Olympic swimmer Emily Seebohm shows you round the Australian Institute of Fitness QLD campus. If you want to become a Personal Trainer call 1300 669 669 or visithttp://www.fitness.edu.au "
Lane 6 - Scientific American posts "The amazing swimming Proboscis monkey. As seems sensible
for an animal that spends a lot of time over water, Proboscis monkeys are good divers and swimmers: they both leap into water when threatened, and swim across channels and rivers when needing to move to new areas. Their fingers and toes are partially webbed. Once in the water, Proboscis monkeys swim with a powerful and confident dog-paddle, but they can also dive and propel themselves for distance beneath the surface: underwater swims of up to 20 m have been recorded (Redmond 2008, p. 142). A lone male was once captured while swimming across the mouth of the Sabagaya River (where the river is about 400 m wide). The animal dived to avoid the boat that drew up alongside “and remained submerged so long that the occupants of the boat began to fear for its welfare” (Brandon-Jones 1996, p. 329)."
Growing up swimming in the 70's/80's we used an inner tube around our feet while pulling. On my team (Little Rhody Aquatic Team) these inner tube pulling thingies were pretty much standard issue. Fast forward to the mid-2,000's I started searching for these inner tubes again. But I never did find
them. One day in a Masters swim practice a lane mate had one so I asked him about it and it turned out he took the inner tube out of a wheel barrel and was using that. Pretty damn smart if you ask me! Now I never did go get an inner tube but recently I stumbled upon the next best thing, the D-Band dband4pulling.com.
The what band? The D-Band!
D-BAND simple and innovative. The D-BAND is worn around the ankles, holding the feet and legs together while swimming, to eliminate kicking. Training with the D-BAND is effective in all four swimming strokes when used with, or without, a pull buoy.
D-BAND allows coaches and swimmers to focus on what matters most...proper angles, balance, and strength in proper technique.
The D-BAND™ is made from long-lasting 100% virgin silicone and is to be used by advanced swimmers with, or without, a pull buoy.
Utilizing the D-BAND™ allows the swimmer to focus on pulling, rather than having to worry about holding their legs together. Easy to put on and take off, the silicone provides a firm, comfortable feel, and does not fall off. This hot new piece of equipment is quickly becoming the newest "go to" item for coaches and swimmers.
Since I just got mine in the mail I had to hit the pool today to do a test drive or swim with it!
So I only did two short pulling sets half without paddles and half with paddles. The D-Band is so easy to slip right on. The D-Band seems pretty damn strong and it's made of 100% virgin silicone. Hmm…I guess as opposed to 100% tramp silicone. Anywho! As I said the D-Band is easy to slide on and off for quick trips to the restroom or changes in between sets.. So for Fit and Durability the D-Band gets an A!
Now as for pulling with it I gotta say I love it! LOVE IT! Yes, I love pulling. Since I do like to pull on my own and during warm ups I've noticed that my legs fish tail behind me. Which as we know is not a good thing! But while wearing the D-Band I really noticed it. After a few 50's I was then able to fix my fish tailing and work on my body rotation a bit more. So for Easy of Use the D-Band gets an A!
Now the look? It's Yellow. I'm not a fan of yellow but my Strokemaker Paddles are yellow and the fins I currently use but will replace in the New Year are yellow. So I guess Yellow if the new Black! Fashionably in the pool lane!
It's been a full week since my last swim. Oy! Not that I'm being lazy since I'm teaching spin classes almost every day. My swim scheadule is Tues/Thur/Sat from 10-11:30 with the team here but I teach
on Sat at 10 so that is a no go. On Tuesday and Thursday I teach back2back spin classes at 5:45am and then 7am. So swimming at 10 is killer! I don't have enough time to eat and recover. My class times/format will change in Jan 13' so for now I'll just swim when I can. Like this afternoon!
Well this afternoon was more of a warmup then a workout. I only did 1,000 yards. Hey, I haven't swam in a week. I only swam to try out a new toy which I'll post about later today.
I started off just swimming a 200. Nice and easy.
7x50's Pulling on 55. Why 7? Umm...just I felt like stopping! Basically I did one 50 then couldn't be bothered to play with the Garmin Swim so I just let the watch keep going to the end of the set.
7x50's Pulling with paddles on 55. Why 7 this time? Cuz' I ran into some swim mates and decided to chit chat.
Then a 100 easy. So 1,000 yards. Pretty sad but hey at least I got in a swim.
Since tomorrow is the last day of the month and I work at 7:30am this was my last swim for the month. My lowest yardage in a month in a very long time. Let's take a look:
Month Total Distance Jan 26.14 miles (=46,000 yards, =42,062 meters) Feb 21.68 miles (=38,150 yards, =34,884 meters) Mar 19.36 miles (=34,075 yards, =31,158 meters) Apr 14.29 miles (=25,150 yards, =22,997 meters) May 18.67 miles (=32,853 yards, =30,041 meters) Jun 11.16 miles (=19,650 yards, =17,968 meters) Jul 17.97 miles (=31,625 yards, =28,918 meters) Aug 21.08 miles (=37,100 yards, =33,924 meters) Sep 17.59 miles (=30,950 yards, =28,301 meters) Oct 17.99 miles (=31,659 yards, =28,949 meters) Nov 7.47 miles (=13,150 yards, =12,024 meters) Total 193.39 miles (=340,362 yards, =311,227 meters)
Wow oh Wow! Can I even call myself a swimmer anymore?
Lane 1 - Edmonton Journal posts "Edmonton trip opens eyes of African swimmers. Kenya club tries to improve its program in order to develop its athletes at home. The Kenya Otters landed in Edmonton on Nov. 17 to train with the Olympian Swim Club and to take part in the J.P. Fiset international swim meet, which gets underway on Thursday at the Kinsmen Sports Centre. More than 70 swimmers from Western Canada and the Northwest Territories will compete through Sunday."
Lane 2 - USA Today posts (w/video) "Watch Ryan Lochte finally own up to his sexiness . Ryan Lochte is featured in a new "Funny or Die" sketch in which he discusses the meaning of sexy, lists the qualities he's looking for in a lover and answers the biggest question of all: whether he's sexier than Michael Phelps. No; check that. Turns out this is not a parody. It is the real thing. Repeat: This is an actual 90-second video from People's "Sexiest Man Alive 2012" in which Ryan Lochte brings sexy and Speedos back. "
Lane 3 - The Australian posts "Grant Hackett admits 2012 has been the toughest year of his life. GRANT Hackett admits 2012 has been the worst year of his life. Hackett's marriage to Candice Alley had a very public breakdown, with pictures emerging earlier in the year of the couple's
trashed Southbank apartment. He was also embroiled in a Stilnox scandal, admitting taking the drug towards the end of his swimming career."
Lane 4 - WSJ posts "Could You Pass These College Swim Tests? A handful of U.S. colleges still make students pass a swim requirement before graduating, the WSJ reports Thursday. Some institutions, like Washington and Lee University, prioritize speed. It makes students swim 50 yards in under a minute, and then tread water for five minutes. Others focus more on stamina. Bryn Mawr has students swim continuously for 10 minutes, float on their backs for one minute and then tread water for another minute. Could you pass these tests?"
Lane 5 - Military.com posts "Rescue Swimmers Place in Bodybuilding Competition. What began as a simple goal to get back into the gym and back into shape after a shoulder surgery turned into
a rigorous regimen of exercise, dieting, grooming and, ultimately, bronzing for a couple of rescue swimmers from Coast Guard Air Station North Bend in North Bend, Ore."
Lane 6 - Herald Sun posts (w/video) "Geoff Huegill to join 80 yachts in 2012 Sydney to Hobart. WITH a Sydney to Hobart already under his belt, former Olympic swim star Geoff Huegill knows exactly the best way to prepare for the rigours ahead - have a baby daughter. Huegill will jump aboard the 100-foot supermaxi Ragamuffin Loyal for his second race south on December 26 under the guidance of the oldest skipper in the race, 85-year-old legend Syd Fischer. And while he expects to learn plenty from the Australian sailing legend at sea, it is 10-month-old Mila who is getting him ready for one of the toughest ocean races in the world. "Sleep deprivation, it was the hardest thing last time," said Huegill, aboard the Sydney to Hobart racer to help raise money for the Loyal Foundation charity. "But I've got a 10-month-old baby now. Sleep deprivation is something I am well and truly used to."
Lane 7 - Speedo International posts via youtube "Speedo Biofuse Technology. Achieve more from your swim with Speedo Biofuse. Super soft and flexible goggles and training aids, that shape to fit your body for maximum comfort."
Lane 8 - The Massachusetts Daily Collegian posts "Michael Phelps’ manager talks about how he did it. When managing high-profile athletes like Michael Phelps, it’s important to have a plan, according to managing director of Octagon’s Olympic and Action Sports division Peter Carlisle. But the plan can’t be just a business model, according to Phelps’ manager. It has to be a plan in which the athlete inspires people."
It's a pleasure for us to present the new ES Collection 2013 campaign
called "EL Hierro". Starting December you will discover some stuff of
the new swimwear 2013 collection called "Islands of the world" but only
in the official ES Collection online store www.escollectionstore.com.
Purchasing goggles for a gift is like buying underwear for a gift. It's a personal thing that no matter what you buy it will be the wrong thing! There are many different type of goggles. The differences include such as size and shape, lens color, fog-free or anti-fog coatings, nose bridge, and the eye piece. And then of course practice goggles, open water googles, race day goggles and goggles that are just cool! Some of us swimmers have more goggles then there are days in a month. But with that said we all need more goggles! Like shoes, one can never have enough pairs of goggles.
I rated the goggles by 5 categories giving up to 35 points. The categories I selected were:
Ease of Use - 5 possible points Comfort - 10 possible points Visibility - 10 possible points Aesthetics - 5 possible points Value - 5 possible points
The Good - TYR Racetech
My daily go to goggle in the past were the TYR Racetech. Actually that TYR Racetech Metallized Goggle. The can be purchased for under 15 USD so they are reasonably priced for an every day
goggle. In my experience they were snug and actually lasted up for a considerable amount of time with my rough usage. I'm constantly taking off the goggles in between sets, tossing them on deck while I go take a men's room break and these survived my abuse. They do what a google should do and hold up.
Metallized finish with the same great features as the Racetech plus anti-glare and added UV protection.
Back in 2009 Men's Journal Magazine rated them "Best Overall Goggle" LINK. Purchase TYR Racetech Goggles at SwimOutlet.com
Ease of Use - 5 Comfort - 9 Visibility - 7 Aesthetics - 3 Value -4 TOTAL - 28
The Cheap And Good - Swedish Goggles
Cheap is good, VERY good! I've been a big fan of the Swedes for along time manly cuz' they are so
cheap that one can have a bunch of them on hand and in our swim bag at all times. Since we all fall victim to the goggle monster from time to time having extra goggles is a must. The goggle monster is that swim mate that hides under the swim bleachers and reaches up to take your goggles right before you leave the pool. But at 3.95 USD you just won't mind so much when the goggle monster strikes. As for Swedes they are snug to the face although some people think that they are too snug. I like them for dialy swim practice wear. I actually spring for a bungie cord and toss out the elastic straps so they'll last a little big longer. The elastic straps seem to be the first part that fails with these goggles. Now assembly can be a bit tricky and I've posted a How2 before LINK.
Ease of Use - 1 Comfort - 3 Visibility - 3 Aesthetics - 1 Value - 5 TOTAL - 13
The Whole Crap They Are Expensive But Good - Fastskin3 Super Elite
If money is no object and you need to have the latest and the greatest in tech then the Fastskin3
Super Elite is the goggle for you. At 100 USD they are pricey! But if they are good enough for Michael Phelps then they are good enough for you. Of course these should be used for swim meet duty and not for day to day swim practice. Unless you are the 1% then hell buy a new pair every week. But for the 99% these are a very expensive but fast pair of goggles.
Ease of Use - 3 Comfort - 8 Visibility - 7 Aesthetics - 10 Value - 0 TOTAL - 28
The Not So Good - Barracuda HydroBat Racing Goggle
Now I love everything about the Barracuda HydroBat Racing Goggle except for it's quality. Previously before switching to the Barracuda Hydrobat I was wearing sort of a knockoff version of
them from Ministry of Swimming, the Zombie. I wore the Zombie on and off for two years before they finally broke. That is a very long time for a pair of goggles for me. Once the Zombies became no more I decided to buy the original Barracuda Hydrobat. The Hydrobat lasted less then a month before the rubber seal around the eyes broke apart. That is NO GOOD in my book. So the Barracuda Hydrobat gets The Not So Good title.
Lane 1 - Denver Post has "Olympian Missy Franklin decides to swim for Regis Jesuit High School. It's confirmed: Missy Franklin, four-time Olympic gold medalist, will swim for her Regis Jesuit High School team this winter."
Lane 2 - Revolver Entertainmnt posts via youtube "Chad Le Clos in FIRST: The Official Film of the London 2012 Olympic Games. Director Caroline Rowland meets 12 of them as they prepare for London 2012, giving us a glimpse into what defines them as people and as athletes. With unprecedented behind the scenes access to the greatest moments of the Games, First is the closest you can get to experiencing the London 2012 Olympic Games first hand."
Lane 3 - Gazette posts " Olympic gold medalist Ledecky cherishes high school team. Stone Ridge hopes to compete for top spot at Washington Metropolitan Interscholastic Swimming and Diving Championships. Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart sophomore Katie Ledecky said her life changed forever on Aug. 3. That day at the Aquatics Centre in London, Ledecky turned in the world’s second fastest 800-meter freestyle time (8 minutes, 14.63 seconds) to win an Olympic gold medal. Ledecky said she also is looking forward to competing in this year’s Washington Metropolitan Swimming and Diving Championships for the first time. The historical meet matches public and private school teams together in a championship for the only time and perennially is one of the country’s fastest high school competitions."
Lane 4 - The WPT posts via youtube "Season XI WPT Montreal: Olympic Swimmer Michael Phelps. Eighteen-time Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps on the rail at the WPT Montreal final table, and Jeanine Deeb caught up with him (and Antonio Esfandiari) for a chat about Jeff Gross, P.B.F."
Lane 5 - The Australian posts "'I'm enjoying swimming like I'm a child again'. IN an Olympics at which Australia had their worst medal haul for 20 years, Ian Thorpe was an undoubted star of London 2012. Not in the pool, though, as the Australian swimmer had hoped when stepping out of retirement a year earlier, but as Clare Balding's poolside partner on BBC television, where he showed himself to be a shrewd, charming and intelligent analyst. Tell him that he had a great Games and he groans a little, still feeling the disappointment. "It was hard when I arrived in London and put my swimming bag in the hotel wardrobe, thinking, 'I really wanted that to be in the Olympic Village,'" he said. "And then I thought, 'Get over yourself, this is going to be a great time.'" He would, I suggest, be a brilliant coach. With his technical knowledge and enthusiastic manner, he could inspire future generations of swimmers, but Thorpe is uncertain. "I like mentoring, helping people out with their technique, tweaking things," he said. "I get a lot of satisfaction from that, but to be on the pool deck responsible for your athletes, I don't know. I'd be like a film director wanting to play all the roles. I couldn't take their ups and downs."
Lane 6 - H2O Overdrive posts via youtube "Summer Sanders Endorses H2O Overdrive. Olympic gold medal swimmer Summer Sanders talks about why she chooses H2O Overdrive as her hydration beverage of choice."
Lane 7 - Sunrise on 7 posts via youtube "Eamon's joy ride goes wrong. Olympic swimmer Eamon Sullivan is facing assault allegations after allegedly crashing a pensioner's motor scooter."
Lane 8 - Independent posts "Handover day as transformation of London’s Olympic Park gets underway. London's Olympic Park has taken on the air of a construction site again, with work under way on a £292m pound (€361m) transformation before Britons can use facilities like the swimming pool and cycle trails. Builders in hard hats were dismantling temporary seats towering above the pool where American Michael Phelps won a record 18th Olympic gold in August. However, the failure to settle on a tenant for the centrepiece Olympic Stadium, built at a cost of some £430m (€532m), has taken some of the gloss of a successful Games that silenced the skeptics."