It was another day in the pool making it two in two days. In fact I'm sort of on a mini-roll as I swam last Saturday with the VAST group and then yet again today. Although today I moved up to the fast folks. I struggled but I made it.
I also got to try my new Finis Z2 Gold Zoomers which on my first kick gotta say I do like them. Less heavy then the typical Zoomers. I'll have to swim a few more times to decide how much I like them. But at first swim I highly recommend them. I also used Finis Agility Paddles but not enough to give any verdict on them yet.
Summer time is here and it's time to hit the pool! FINIS has put a list of must have summer swim products for both adults and kids.. FINIS is an authentic and innovative brand with a rich swimming history. Co-founded by Olympic swimmer Pablo Morales, FINIS products are designed to enhance the enjoyment of swimming by making swimming fun and comfortable. Check out the list and leave a comment on what your must have swim product is before you hit the pool this summer.
Neptune V2 Underwater MP3 Player
Neptune is a waterproof MP3 player that provides the highest quality sound in the water without
the use of ear buds. Neptune uses revolutionary Bone Conduction audio transmission to transmit crystal clear audio through the cheekbones directly into the inner ear, attaching securely to goggle straps and resting on the cheekbones as to not interfere with swimming technique.
The ergonomically advanced design of the Agility Paddles removes the traditional straps for more comfort and less hassle. These paddles’ convex design easily teaches swimmers the correct palm positive hand position by promoting an early catch and reminding swimmers to maintain an early vertical forearm position. The Agility Paddles work for all four strokes and accommodate most hand sizes.
The Swimmer’s Snorkel features a centered positioning, allowing swimmers to swim without the interruption of turning the head to breathe. This also helps build fitness, as breathing is easier and more continuous with a snorkel. This can be used for all four swim strokes and helps swimmers relax in the water, maintain body alignment and improve stroke efficiency.
The FINIS So More Can Swim program donates a percentage of goggle profits each month to nonprofit partners to help make swimming more accessible to those that might not have full access to the sport.
The H2 Jr Goggles are designed specifically for kids faces and provide the ultimate leak-proof fit. Double silicone straps and easy-to-adjust back clips make these easy to provide a secure fit to any young swimmer's head. Ideal for swimmers 4 to 12 years old.
The Mermaid Fin is a fun monofin pool toy, ideal for young swimmers that teaches a balanced dolphin kick while also allowing children to increase their confidence in the water. Ideal for children 12 and under, the Mermaid Fin is great for encouraging imagination and fun in the water while developing swimming skills.
Lane 1 - Team USA posts "No Kidding Around: Anthony Ervin Teaches Water Safety To Kids."
Lane 2 - Lifescript TV posts "Champion Swimmer Dara Torres on Fit Living and Safe Swimming. At age 47, Olympic Gold Medalist Dara Torres is still super-fit. And the athlete -- who at 41 became the oldest U.S. swimmer to compete in the summer games -- is enjoying her life as a role model both for little girls and for women who wonder if they're "too old" to accomplish something, she tells Lifescript's Mari Cartel."
Lane 3 - Daily Mail posts "Eamon Sullivan out of Commonwealth Games. Rather than signal the end, Eamon Sullivan believes his decision to withdraw from the Glasgow Commonwealth Games will extend his swimming career until the 2016 Olympics. Sullivan - 29 in August - succumbed to ongoing shoulder problems on Friday in another injury setback for the former 50m and 100m freestyle world record holder. Matthew Abood will replace the Beijing Olympic 100m silver medallist at next month's Glasgow Games."
Lane 4 - SF Examiner posts "Busy summer ahead for Cal swimmer Missy Franklin."
Lane 5 - Daily Mail posts "Olympic gold medalist Stephanie Rice tells of her struggles since calling quits on her swimming career. "
Lane 6 - The Guardian posts "I still get abuse from Twitter trolls, says Olympic swimmer Rebecca Adlington. Olympian admits insulting tweets from women upset her most and calls for more monitoring of abuse on social networking site."
Lane 7 - Go Swim posts "Freestyle - Double Band Kick . Here's a fun way to use the FINIS Pulling Ankle Strap that can help your swimmers learn a better flutter kick."
Lane 8 - Inside The Games posts "Alabama's Auburn University to be base for Australian swimmers prior to Rio 2016. Australian swimmers will hold their staging camps in the build-up to the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games at Auburn University, Alabama, in the United States."
Lane 1 - The Washington Post has "Olympic gold medalist Katie Ledecky orally commits to swim for Stanford."
Lane 2 - Sports Mole posts "Olympic swimmer Rebecca Adlington: 'I never wanted to be famous'."
Lane 3 - Swimming World posts "SwimOutlet.com Tech Talk: FINIS Vapor. Tiffany Elias is joined by Tim Elson, Vice President of Sales for FINIS, to discuss the success that FINIS has achieved with their technical racing suits through new technology. Visit http://www.swimoutlet.com/FINIS/ to learn more."
Lane 4 - NBC Sports posts "Charlotte Grand Prix preview, swimmers to watch."
Ugh, technology. When it works it's great when it doesn't it sucks. But more on that in a bit. This past week swimming has been put on the back burner. I've been battling a really deep in the chest winter cold so getting to the pool has not been in the cards. That and another long week at work. I taught 19 classes last week with 7 one hour spin classes, 8 thirty minute spin classes, 2 one hour Group Power (Body Pump, weight training) and 2 thirty minute Core classes. Yeah, I coughed my share during those classes but a lot easier breathing on deck then in the pool. But I slept in today and went for a later 30 minute swim.
That was it. I called it a day. Cough! Burning lungs! The butterfly really did me in even if it was only 4x25's. So 1,600 yards in about 30 minutes. I was really inspired to swim today after volunteering as a timer yesterday at the local Senior Games (50+). (me and the other timers.)
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 0.91 miles (=1,600 yards, =1,463 meters) Total 13.64 miles (=24,000 yards, =21,946 meters)
Technology…I swam with my Garmin Swim today and was hoping to try out my new Garmin Vivofit. I preorder the Vivofit and got it earlier this week. But when setting it up it just stopped working. I emailed tech support and two days later I got the advice to unscrew the device and take the batteries out and put them back in. So I've been too busy or sick the last two days to do anything. So today I attempted to fix it. It took about 30 minutes to unscrew the screws. They are itty bitty little screws. I put it back together and got it to sync with my iPad. Then it froze on the Step Screen and couldn't get it to do anything. So it's now just sitting on my desk apart and ready for me to try it again. So not happy. I might just return it. I thought it would be great since I can use my heart rate monitor from my Garmin whatever watch with the Vivofit. But whatever. After my swim I synced my Garmin Swim but got the new Garmin Connect page which doesn't break down Garmin Swim splits. Luckily the offer the CLASSIC view which had all my info. Like I said technology is great when it works but sometimes new doesn't mean better. In Garmin's case they are very close to losing a loyal fan. Maybe a Finis Swimsense is in my future swim kit and my Garmin may end up on Ebay.
Lane 3 - EMAG posts "Davies backs swimming funding. Sharron Davies: “We fund our athletes fantastically now. The lottery makes a massive difference.” Sharron Davies believes the future of British swimming is in healthy shape ahead of the 2014 Commonwealth Games."
Lane 4 - Watches2u posts "Maurice Lacroix and James Magnussen join forces. Maurice Lacroix the luxury Swiss watch brand have officially signed World Champion and Olympic Swimmer James Magnussen. The unique watch designer that is renowed for its authenticity and craftsmanship since its launch in 1975, launches the new Pontos S range. James Magnussen - nicknamed "The Missle" is also know as an elite world class athelete in his field making this the perfect ambassador for the brand."
Lane 5 - This Is The West County posts "Swimmer Mark Foster to open refurbished Taunton Pool. Former world champion and Olympian swimmer Mark Foster is to open the refurbished swimming pool in Station Road, Taunton."
Lane 6 - Technology Tell posts "FINIS AquaPulse Heart Rate Monitor: For Swimmers, by Swimmers. The monitor slips under your goggle strap and the soft rubber clip attaches to your earlobe. There are no straps and no watch necessary to check your pulse. The information is audible, set to convey at an interval of your choice. The coolest part is there is no ear bud. The device speaks your heart rate into your ear as you move through the water via Bone Conduction technology. Awesome! The company boasts that the FINIS AquaPulse is “made for swimmers, by swimmers”
Lane 8 - Heraldnet posts "Everett pool’s classes get adults into the swim of things. Water is all around us, but perhaps you’ve never learned to swim.It’s not too late.It’s never too late, says Dale Cary, who teaches beginning swimming to adults at Forest Park Swim Center in Everett. Over the years Cary also has participated in U.S. Masters Swimming competitions and he swims laps as often as he can. He is proud of his own kids, who also are good swimmers.In short, Cary loves to swim and he is eager to help other people develop a similar interest."
UPDATE/BREAKING:The Advocate posts "Olympic gold medalist Ian Thorpe has been admitted to a rehabilitation clinic after police found him disoriented on a Sydney street on Monday morning and took him to hospital. Thorpe's manager, James Erskine, told Fairfax Media on Monday that Thorpe had been taken to Bankstown Hospital and then to a rehabilitation clinic."
Lane 1 - Hawaii Reporter posts "Hawaii Mermaid Gets New Business Gig. FINIS, a world leader in technical swimming products, announces the addition of two new brand ambassadors, Mermaid Kariel and Hannah Mermaid. Hannah and Kariel are joining the FINIS team to grow brand awareness through their fitness training, natural resource conservation, and underwater photography efforts. Both real-life Mermaids choose the FINIS Competitor Monofin as the blade for each of their elaborate tails."
Lane 2 - Advocate posts "Finnish Olympic Swimmer Ari-Pekka Liukkonen Comes Out as Gay. In an effort to raise awareness of Russia's antigay legislation ahead of the Sochi Winter Games, Finnish Olympic Swimmer Ari-Pekka Liukkonen has come out of as gay."
Lane 3 - The Australian posts "South African Chad Le Clos seeks more gold. HE came to fame as the Phelps-slayer after ending Michael Phelps's decade-long championship-winning streak in the 200m butterfly at the London Olympics, but these days Chad Le Clos is more Phelps follower. The South African Olympic champion, who has arrived in Perth to contest the Aquatic Super Series this weekend, is planning to take on a Phelps-like program of up to nine events (including relays) at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games mid-year as he tries to work out exactly how many events he can safely pack into his program for the next Olympics in Rio in 2016."
Lane 4 -Gay Star News posts "Tom Daley shucks his clothes for a spot of bodyboarding in Caribbean. The hunky diver visited the world's biggest cruise ship and treated guests to a special performance."
Lane 5 - Daily Mail posts "'She is a sweetheart': Ireland Baldwin earns praise from Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte after photo shoot. On Friday, he posted this gramatically awkward tweet: 'Amazing time the photo shoot with @irelandbbalwin today. She's a sweetheart' with a photo of the pair. Early Saturday morning, he posted: 'Had a blast doing a photo shoot with @irelandbbaldwin she is a sweetheart' with the same photo."
Lane 6 - The Guardian posts "Swimming in New York: community pools and conversation. On a recent trip I managed to bag two decent swims without paying a dime – apart from $6 for a changing-room padlock – and was met everywhere with openness and warmth."
Lane 7 - The Sydney Morning Herald posts "Aquatic Super Series keen to attract US swimming team. Swimming Australia has its sights set on the powerful Team USA as the next addition to its annual Aquatic Super Series. CEO Mark Anderson said he had been in discussions with Team USA about attending the third edition of the Perth event in 2015."
Lane 8 - Today posts "I got this! Trick your brain during stressful times. Former Olympic swimmer Sara Isakovic and psychiatrist Dr. Janet Taylor walk viewers through how athletes manage to compete at such high levels without succumbing to pressure, and how you can use their techniques."
Lane 1 - Fast Company posts "Inspiring Stories From Dreamfuel, A Platform For Cash-Poor Olympic Athletes. Emily White, an artist manager for Whitesmith Entertainment…A former Division I swimmer herself, White founded Dreamfuel, a crowdfunding platform that hand picks world-class athletes with specific needs and launches campaigns on their behalf…White got the idea from working with Olympic swimmer Anthony Ervin, her first sports management client, who gained attention when he made the 2012 U.S. Olympic team after leaving the sport for 10 years to be a musician."
Lane 2 - Times Live posts "Why you should sweat it. The festive season has left most of us with a few extra kilograms clinging to our waistlines. I went to the High Performance Centre in Pretoria to chat to Olympic gold medallist swimmer Cameron van der Burgh and physical fitness experts . The HPC is a one-stop sports facility for sporting champions, sports professionals and enthusiasts. There is no reason we can't all train like athletes and see real results in about six weeks with these professional guidelines."
Lane 3 - The Atlantic Journal-Constitution posts "Academic issue lands UGA swim coach in hot water. n the record books, Georgia swimming and diving coach Jack Bauerle won his 500th and 501st career victories in a dual men’s and women’s meet against N.C. State at UGA’s Gabrielson Natatorium this past Saturday. An academic eligibility issue has left both Bauerle and sophomore Chase Kalisz under suspension."
Lane 4 - Triangle Business Journal posts "Olympian swimmer from Raleigh tests entrepreneurial waters. Charlie Houchin, a Raleigh native who won a gold medal as a member of the winning United States team in the 4x200-meter freestyle relay at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, has partnered with Triangle entrepreneur Michael Curran to found a technology company called HydroXphere (pronounced "Hydrosphere") in Cary. Under Houchin’s direction, HydroXphere has developed a smartphone app called "Meet Central," which is designed to help make running summer swim meets faster and easier."
Lane 1 - Lancaster Guardian posts "Olympic gold medallist Rebecca Adlington takes New Year dip at Carnforth pool."
Lane 2 - TRX Training posts "Make A Splash In 2014. Natalie Coughlin shares her tips on time management to help you make 2014 awesome. Get more healthy tips for the new year from Natalie and TRX at www.facebook.com/trxtraining."
Lane 3 - TribLIVE posts "Greensburg's Kuzmkowski logs more than 2,000 miles in pool. John Kuzmkowski has accomplished something he does not expect to repeat as a member of the U.S. Masters Swimming Go the Distance program at the Greensburg YMCA. Kuzmkowski, 59, logged 2,215.63 miles in 2013, the most of all participants reported nationwide so far."
Lane 4 - WSAV posts "Chatham Aquatic Center Finalist to Win Visit from Olympic Swimmer Cullen Jones. Here's your chance to help the Chatham County Aquatic Center make a splash of Olympic proportions. All you have to do is like the facility's picture on the USA Swimming Foundation Facebook page. The foundation recently released its 5 finalists for its "Win a Visit from Cullen Jones Contest" and Chatham County is on the list."
Lane 5 - Trinidad Express posts "George Bovell Clinic set for next week. World Championship bronze medallist George Bovell is keen to give back to young swimmers and impart key competition skills, and will be doing so with three swim clinics and a coaches symposium, free of charge from January 9-11. The title of the event is the George Bovell Dive In Free Swim Clinic."
Lane 6 - Daily Express posts "The waterbike workout: Can hydro-spinning tone my thighs? WITH Pippa Middleton giving the 'waterbike' a whirl, our intrepid reporter tries out Hydrofit, the exercise routine that feels like cycling in the bath."
Lane 7 - Team USA posts "Michael Phelps | Great Moments In Team USA History. Relive the six medals won at the 2012 London Olympic Games that made Michael Phelps the most decorated Olympian of all time with a total of 22 medals."
Lane 8 - US Masters Swimming posts "Mighty Monofin. Training with a monofin can propel you to greater strength and speed. FINIS Founder and CEO, John Mix has been a fan of the monofin for quite some time. Mix had been a professional water polo player and he'd first encountered the monofin in Europe. Upon his return to the U.S., he launched FINIS and made the monofin its first product."