Swimmers and divers equipped with iconic designs for Glasgow 2014 as they aspire to become Commonwealth champions. 28 MAY 2014, LONDON, UK via Arena London, UK, 28 May 2014 – Arena, the official supplier of aquatics wear to Team England at the Commonwealth Games, has today (Wednesday, May 28) unveiled the kit that the country’s best swimmers and divers will be wearing in their quest for gold at Glasgow 2014.
The black, grey and maroon coloured swimsuits were the result of a very unique design process that saw Arena consult elite athletes for their input during a number of creative sessions. From the early stages of development through to completion, the athletes were consulted on the look and feel of the suits that they would be wearing in the pool at this summer’s event.
The design is closely aligned to the identity of Commonwealth Games England, the body responsible for leading and managing Team England. The maroon colour is a variation of the red used in the team logo, whilst the famous English lion – the main symbol of Team England – features on the suits. The Arena logo is printed in gold to help inspire the athletes on to gold medals in Scotland.
Lane 1 - PR Web posts "The Race Club Announces Open Enrollment for Their Summer Camp. From June 19th through July 3rd, swimmers from all over can come to the Race Club to work on their technique. The superior swim club allows campers to choose their own workout schedule and enjoy the Florida Keys."
Lane 2 - Go Swim posts "Turns - Air Control Flip Turn. Many swimmers, especially ones still learning, can tend to allow too much air to escape during the flip turn. This is done to make sure no water goes UP the nose, but it also has a detrimental effect on your pushoff."
Lane 3 - NBC Sports posts "Tyler Clary eyes NASCAR after swimming at Rio Olympics. “I’m one of those guys who has a screw loose,” Clary said with a smile, according to the AP. “I’d rather go out with a big, fiery crash than slowly dying in my bed as an old guy.”
Lane 4 - Daily Telegraph posts "I thought Kieren was too good, says Perkins’ fiancee Karen Davis. KIEREN Perkins’ fiancee has spoken for the first time about her love for the former Olympic swimmer, saying she felt unworthy of his affections. “Kieren proposed in Hobart and my first reaction is, ‘Are you sure?’” Karen Davis said."
Lane 5 - Nottingham Post has "Becky's lesson for 'teacher'. OLYMPIC swimmer Rebecca Adlington has been putting Waterloo Road star Jason Done through his paces in preparation for a charity swim."
Lane 6 - LA Wave posts "Swimming lessons. Olympic swimmer Cullen Jones teaches kids about water safety in the USA Swimming Foundation's highly touted Make a Spalsh program."
Lane 7 - Team USA posts "Amazement Awaits - Dr. Maya Angelou. In 2008, Dr. Maya Angelou was inspired to write the poem "Amazement Awaits" in honor of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. The poem reflects the unity of the human experience and triumph over strife and doubt that brings all athletes together at the Olympic Games."
Lane 8 - News13 posts "Preventing child drownings. Studies show drowning is the leading cause of accidental death for children ages 1 through 4, while minority children are three times more likely to drown. So what can parents do to protect children and prevent drowning when near the water? We asked former U.S. Olympic swimmer and three-time gold medalist Rowdy Gaines how to stay safe in the water."
Video One: Poor Body Position off a Swimming Start
This video is an example of how speed can be lost with minor flaws in body position. Note how his feet drop below his body line and his hips rise, creating an inefficient V-position rather than a straight line. -usaswimming
Video Two: Poor BoGood Body Position off the Start
The following video is an example of excellent underwater body position after the start. Notice how quickly he establishes his horizontal line after entry and how he holds speed by maintaining a tightly streamlined position parallel to the surface, without allowing his feet to rise or fall relative to his line. - usaswimming
Quick lunchtime swim workout. Yawn! I had a personal training client at 6:30am so no morning swim and after that taught a spin class. In between I was reading and having a hard time keeping my eyes open. After the class I made it home in time for the lap swim. Got to the pool right at noon. I don't know why I was still a bit tired but had a horrible warm up. The pool water was pretty warm, ugh, summer. No chillers means horrible swims for a few months.
300 Kick (700)
I was planning a main set that wasn't long but not to easy. Then I meesed up with my watch and called it quits.
Main Set: (sort of)
4x75's Pulling w/Paddles on 1:15 (300/1000)
2x50's Pulling w/ Paddles on 55 (100/1100). That is when I stopped. It was to be 6x50's. Then I was going to do some IM.
Not the greatest swim workout but it was a workout. I took a quick nap after the swim.
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) Total 33.74 miles (=59,376 yards, =54,294 meters)
Hopefully I can get one or two more swims this month. We shall see with work. Hopefully I can get a few swim reports out this week but we shall see with work. Keep swimming...
Ahh...a holiday weekend which means I have two days off in a row. I decided to use Sunday as my recovery or rest day and then swim on Monday (today.) I set my alarm last night then decided to turn it off. I could swim in the afternoon by myself was my reasoning. But then I woke up this morning on time without an alarm. So I decided to go swimming but thought it was Sunday and the gang meets at 7:30am not 6:45am. So about 7:00ish I realized it was Monday and rushed to the pool. Only to find every lane filled but not much of the gang was swimming. A few were doing there own thing or previous workouts given. I just jumped in and putz'ed around. I wasn't motivated to push myself without the gang around.
So a 35 minute unmovited 1,550 yard swim. A swim is a swim so at least I swam. I got the day off to watch bad tv! Tomorrow I may try to swim in the afternoon on my break from work. We shall see. I may not swim to the weekend otherwise.
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 12.63 miles (=22,226 yards, =20,324 meters) Total 32.77 miles (=57,676 yards, =52,739 meters) My goal for 2014 is low enough that I may be able to catch up and make it. 100 miles isn't much! At least that could motivate to get more short swims in.
My official times from last weekends swim meet are in. My times aren't great but hey, I got times:
I had to trek to the other side of earth or at least The Villages to work this morning so I was lucky enough to swim in one of the newer pools here. A little background on this area that I live in is a retirement community called The Villages and is in Florida. As a resident here I can swim in any of the Sport Pools which are 25 yards. Now some of these sport pools are like bath water for the older folks aqua fitness classes. A few of them are actually used for swimmers and aren't as hot. Mind you none of them have chillers so come July and August they are all hot. I have one of the better pools right by the house but the pool by the gym I work out isn't so great. But today I was working at our other gym location about 30 minutes south of where I live and boy they are lucky! They have a decent pool 3 minutes from the gym. Since that area is only just starting to build up I pretty much had the pool all to myself. After teaching at 5:45 Group Power I headed to the pool and swim about 1 hour and 20 minutes.
I really wanted to swim 5x100's but my body was telling me to stop. It would have been nice to do 4,000 yards but 3,700 isn't so bad. It's the most I've swam in one swim in a while. Not bad for after a Power Class. I then went for breakfast, relaxed and taught a 30 minute spin class.
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 11.75 miles (=20,676 yards, =18,906 meters) Total 31.89 miles (=56,126 yards, =51,322 meters)
May is really become a great swim month for me. I should be getting two swims over the holiday weekend!
Lane 2 - Arena France posts "Le Freestyle Breather. Le Freestyle breather est un nouvel outil d'aide à l'entraînement destiné aux débutants, aux nageurs inexpérimentés, et aux nageurs souhaitant perfectionner leur crawl. Il permet aux nageurs de nager et de respirer en toute liberté."
Lane 3 - BBC posts "Piscine Molitor: The swimming pool where Tarzan was a lifeguard. Piscine Molitor, once one of Paris's most fashionable public swimming pools, reopened on Monday 85 years after Parisians first entered its tiers of art deco cubicles. This time, though, it's part of a swish hotel - and a day's swimming will cost 150 euros (£120, $200). Just how chic the Piscine Molitor once was can be judged by the fact that the US Olympic gold medallist and future Tarzan actor, Johnny Weissmuller, was a lifeguard."
Lane 4 - Brisbane Times posts "Kieren Perkins is the perfect subject for a long story. Kieren Perkins scraped into the Olympic 1500-metre final by a fingernail, before winning a miraculous gold medal from lane eight. It's only right a sporting titan like Perkins gets the distinction of a two-part episode of Australian Story (ABC1, 8pm) - there's a lot to tell. It's most revealing to see Perkins riding his motorbike, the black line traded for the road's white one, saying the faceless anonymity and clarity of mind of the ride is the closest thing to swimming that he's found."
Lane 5 - Los Angeles Magazine posts "Taking the Plunge. When it comes to water safety for kids, swim lessons are critical. But they’re not enough. Lenny Krayzelburg, an Olympic swimmer and owner of the popular Westside swim academy that bears his name, says that babies under six months are ideal students. “They are still used to the water from being in the womb,” he notes. “It’s a known environment.” Before infants learn to crawl or roll over, they are naturally adept at floating on their backs, which is central to Krayzelburg’s method (he teaches children to roll over to breathe before they learn any strokes)."
Lane 6 - Eurosport posts "Payne still looking to make a splash in Rio. Keri-Anne Payne is certainly making the most of her time away from competitive swimming but the British open water swimmer insists she will back firing on all cylinders in a matter of months."
Lane 7 - Swimming Canada posts "How-to: Spatchcock Chicken with Zach Chetrat."
Lane 8 - Gulf Times posts "Qatar all set to host FINA world championship. With just under 200 days to go until the official start of the 12th FINA World Swimming Championships, preparations are well underway in Qatar to welcome world’s leading swimmers to Doha. The event will be held from December 3 to 7. For the first time in FINA’s history the World Championships event will be staged in Doha, showcasing the country’s growing commitment to swimming and building further to Qatar’s proud record as a successful host of major international sporting events."