Monday, April 01, 2013
Using a technology similar to that offered by RainUWAY, a popular automobile wax product which is rubbed on windshields to whisk away rain in beads as fast as it lands on one's car, this sun screen product is made for people (applied like sunscreen or as a spray) and conceptually does the same thing.
With PoolTowelX (the new product's name), water can not be absorbed by the skin, swimsuits or even hair when it is applied. When one exits any swimming pool, the water falls off the applied area nearly instantly leaving the area totally dry and as if the user had never been wet at all.
As an added benefit, besides offering this innovative towel-eliminating feature, PoolTowelX - when applied to eyes (physician approval recommended) also allows one to see clearly in the water without goggles and increases swim speed exponentially by reducing drag (because water can not cling to the body).
Out of concern for this latter feature that some swim competitors may use PoolTowelX to get an unfair advantage, AA Sun Products promises a pool water mix (added along with the chlorine cycle) which will give all competitors the same advantage of the sun screen product and eliminate the need for any user application at all. ;)
Thursday, February 07, 2013
Yes, it all depends on the stroke, but it never ceases to amaze me how many people barely use their legs to propel themselves through the water when in fact some of the strongest swimming muscles of a given swimmer may be in the legs.
While many swimmers are quick to stick a pull buoy between their legs, it is the rare lap swimmer I see actually using a kickboard to give him/herself an aggressive workout for their lower half.
Instead kickboards get the short shrift. In the rare case I see someone who does use a kickboard, it is generally only for a couple laps or to work on their form. Some even - perish the thought - stick their kickboard between their legs and use it as a pull-buoy. In the twelve years I've been swimming daily--outside of watching swim teams practice--I have rarely seen anyone use a kickboard to go more than a couple hundred meters, and NEVER have I seen anyone use one to the point of exhaustion.
There are reasons. Kickboarding can be a bit difficult. Even if one is in shape in the upper body, kickboarding at first can be painful. Making muscles work hard that are not accustomed to an aggressive routine, always is. But once you get past that, it's just like any other exercise.
You can ease into it. Start with a set of short sprints 1/4 to 1/2 length followed by a couple easy lengths, then repeat. After a couple sessions start making those short sprint lengths longer. Set a goal to fatigue your legs -- at least briefly -- in each swim session. A little effort goes a long way to building power and endurance.
So here's the bottom line. Most lap swimmers' typical swim workout is not sufficient to build all available swim muscles and the legs are generally the ones that get ignored. I suggest adding a dedicated period of time during the aggressive part of your workout (not just the warm-up or cool-down) to kickboarding. After a couple months of this, I think you'll amaze yourself with additional speed and endurance, and when it comes to that final kick to the finish, it will be you who may have the advantage.
Thursday, April 26, 2012
Sunday, April 01, 2012
Due to the sometimes violent, always unpredictable nature of the oceans that surround nearly three-fourth's of our nation's landmass, all swimmers venturing past ankle depth in any ocean, bay or estuary on the continental United States will be required to wear a Coast Guard approved life jacket.
This is as much a cost-saving measure as a life-saving measure. Cities around the country, strapped for cash are cutting back on their life-guard expenses and they've appealed to the federal government for help. The matter was taken into consideration last year, and after an extended study and comment period, passed the law with little fan fair. As it matches well with the Government's sense that people want to take personal responsibility for their safety, an enforced life-jacket rule will allow both cities and beach-goers to still enjoy the beach safely and keep their taxes low.
Unsurprisingly not everyone is thrilled with the idea and the concerns go beyond tan lines. Hawaii and Puerto Rico have asked for and been granted waivers as a large portion of their beach goers are from other countries and they fear the law would encourage travelers to seek other destinations. Florida and California also requested waivers but were not granted same.
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Like last April 1st, I'm getting comments (spam?) that imply belief in the subject above. Just to set the record straight, for anyone thinking this is a legitimate post, it is not (neither was last year's post). This too was an April Fools joke. Note the wink at the end of the original posts.
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Thursday, September 29, 2011
Wednesday, September 07, 2011
Whoever has seen the movie Happy Feet knows about the cute animated penguin that swam a great distance to save his flock ("flock" is that what a penguin group is called? Whatever). There is a real life Happy Feet emperor penguin that somehow made it to New Zealand. Some good hearts got it in their minds that they ought to take this real life critter and get it back on track to the arctic. They've put a tracking device on it's back (just like in the movie), dropped it into the middle of the sea and now you can track its progress as it moves across the Arctic Ocean to home, we hope.
Here's the link. Click on "Map" when the page opens, then drill down using the "+" sign. Clicking on the points between the blue lines gives you the date and time of the last geo-location tag.
OK, so this isn't the kind of distance swim I usually discuss here, but what the heck. Good luck, Happy Feet!
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
We've all seen those swimmers who when on their backs weave back and forth across the lane. That's fine if you have the lane to yourself, but just imagine if you are sharing the lane with that swimmer! Until a couple of years ago, I was that weaving swimmer, but I've cracked the nut on how to deal with the problem.
Let's start with why swimming on one's back in an outdoors pool is harder than doing so in an indoor pool. The answer is pretty simple, outdoor swimming offers few cues to allow you to keep track of where you are.
My indoor pools (I visit several each year) have any number of ceiling features that generally line up with the lanes. At my pools there are ceiling panels, ventilation pipes, fire suppression piping (yes, in the pool room!!!), wood planking, etc. All it takes to keep a straight line is to keep yourself in line with the selected feature and you're good to go. If you see yourself going left or right of the feature, you're not swimming straight and you need to make a minor correction. Easy, right?
But outdoor pools, generally offer none of the above except blue sky, if you are so lucky, so what's one to do?
My technique is to swim as close to the lane line as I can without rubbing against it. Every few strokes, I'll allow an elbow or hip to gently brush the lane line, just so I'm certain that I am where I intend to be. That's it. Very simple. It will work in any pool that has lane markers.
A couple notes to keep in mind. Make sure you keep your leading fingertips pointed away from the lane marker - you don't want to jam a finger. Secondly, this technique is solely for training and recreation purposes. For obvious reasons of speed, you don't want to use this approach in competitive swimming as it may subtract from your time, even if it is only for a brief micro-second.
Thursday, August 25, 2011
Tuesday, August 09, 2011
Monday, August 08, 2011
See my prior post for details about Diana's swim quest.
Edit: Here's the tweet feed from Matt Stone who is following along in a boat.
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Oh, I forgot to mention one key feature ... all photos are of "people of leisure" taken as they are high up in the air after jumping off a diving board (or other), in full relaxed pose.
See the gallery of photos here.
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Friday, June 24, 2011
Extreme swimmer, and favorite extreme swimmer hero highlighted in this blog, Martin Strel has another fin to add to his back with this accomplishment.
Link to Martin's web site and lots of pictures.
Friday, May 20, 2011
Thursday, May 19, 2011
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
My trustworthy clear goggles that have served me well since September have started to split at the gasket, given me fair warning that I should be looking for a new pair. Given that, this AM I wore the pair I use outdoors which have a blue sun-glasses like tint to them. They are a good pair given they fit snug and have no leaks, but today when I wore them (first time all indoor season), my eyes began burning (and still are) as if I were soaking them in a chlorine bath. I had no such problem with the older clear goggles, and I recall having the same trouble with these blue goggles last summer, though at the time I blamed the pool chemicals. Perhaps I misplaced the source of the problem? Now I'm fairly convinced that the problem lies with the goggles.
Question: Has anyone else had burning associated with their goggles? Important, mine aren't leaking yet apparently make my eyes burn!
Thursday, May 05, 2011
Rebuilt, filled and ready for laps : Best above ground pool ever
Source for 1st pic: en.wikipedia.org
Source for 2nd pic: reddit.com
Monday, May 02, 2011
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