Thursday, August 31, 2006

This Guy Teaches Cats to Swim

See this video to learn how to teach your cat to swim. You think I'm kidding?

Its a Drag

It’s a drag to wear a drag suit.  I’ve been swapping between my streamlined suit and my drag suit each day.  Today I found my time slipped by 45 seconds on the mile (comes to only a little less than two seconds per 25 meters, but still, that adds up).  You might have guessed it.  I was wearing the drag suit.  When I bought it, I thought it was a nice change - not so small a cut.  Little did I realize that it would inhibit my performance so much.  Yeah, I know.  It’s supposed to do that.  Well, I’m not buying another.  

Friday, August 25, 2006

Swimming Pool on Wheels

Here's a swimming pool you might like. Have these beauties bring it by your place for a dip. Don't understand? Watch the video (warning: smaller than recommended bathing suits).

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Cooling Down Again

It’s been hot but we’re into the latter half of the summer and are now having some cooler days (days below 95 degrees).  Water temp is lower and am enjoying the cooler temps.  Unfortunately, the body has been achy - age? Hope not.  Have I gotten used to the high temps?  Hope not or the cold months will be miserable.

Monday, August 21, 2006

Syncronized Swimming Goldfish

Enjoyed this version of syncronized swimming. Shows goldfish doing the sport as well as any Olympic team. Really! Wish I understood Japanese. Anyone want to translate for me?

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Dolphin On-Line Game

Here's a game where you can pretend you're a dolphin. Don't complain. Face it, how many swimming games are there on-line?

Best Video of a Swimmer I've Seen

This is a terrific inspirational video of a triathelete team. Swimmers see the beginning, bikers and runners hang in with it.

Friday, August 11, 2006

Cool Swimming Article

Took my kids to the dentist earlier this week and stumbled across a great swimming article - can't read too much about swimming can we? Check out Outside Magazine's August 2006 issue cover story (yes, a swimming article made the cover of a major magazine - so cool!). It's about two guys who decided swim between a number of islands in the Bahamas with all their possessions in tow on a surf board. Now that's a vacation - and if I had to guess, they probably had all their expenses paid too! Best part, they outdid the guys in the support boat - it sank! (The link above has some info on this story).

Hot Water

It's been hot for the past few weeks and the water temperature in the outdoor pool where I swim has climbed from a comfortable 80 - 82 degrees F. range to as high as 91 (yesterday was 88 and holding - forgot to check this AM). We daily lap swimmers have been having a running battle with the pool admin lady who doesn't seem to appreciate the value of the aerator (pumps out and sprays water into the air so it gets cooled off before returning to the pool). She's come up with an unbelievable number of implausible excuses for not using the unit "Plug doesn't wor" - try the next plug down, it does; "Kids don't like it" - use it when the kids aren't there (5am - 10am), besides they play under the spraying crayons, what's the difference?; "It's broken" - no it's not. What gives? I think it just weighs a ton and her small framed, afraid to raise a finger, first-job teenage lifeguards can't lift it easily (remember, these are the same people hired to save overweight, flailing people who have heart attackes - after all, they are "certified"). Anyhow, I'm just whining here. It happens whenever my workout routine gets compromised. The hot water has put my time off by a whole minute on the mile! Lethargy is the name of my new stroke. Here's hoping for an early Fall.