Interesting article from Canada on drugs and sports... 10 bizarre drug cases
Sunday's ocean swim has been cancelled. Next week's open water is at the discretion of Sean and Amy, please contact them if you're interested...
We need suggestions on possible pools. If we can find an indoor pool, lightning will no longer be an issue. If we at least have a back-up pool, we can move practices when problems with water quality exist. Please offer your suggestions, our current arrangement isn't working as envisioned...
These are a few suggestions for someone who has never tried flip turns, not rules written in stone and not for experienced turners.
A Few Don'ts:
1. Don't hold your breath going into the turn. Do exhale through your nose forcefully as you rotate. 2. Don't complicate the task by trying to place your feet on the wall. Do practice your turns in open water, far from the wall. 3. Don't try to twist into a freestyle position. Do come up completely on your back while you are learning. 4. Don't slow down before you flip. Your momentum will make the turn easier. 5. Don't flail your arms everywhere after you're over. This is a major problem for almost all new flippers because the correct arm position is counter-intuitive. When both your arms are at your side and you have not yet swung your legs over, your arms are already in their correct position facing the direction you want to go. You need only turn your hands from palms facing up to palms facing the bottom of the pool.
The Flip Turn, Simplified:
Swim fast. Simultaneously do three things, all quickly: tuck your chin to your chest while pulling your outstretched arm to your side (your other arm is at your other side already) and make a dolphin kick. Be patient and don't do anything else until you are folded in two with legs quite straight and eyes looking up to the surface of the water. Then, at the same time, turn your palms down and press on them while bending your legs and your turn is complete. Don't forget to leave your arms alone. It's your hips that leave your hands, not the other way around.
Here's an interesting site about masters swimming in New Zealand. They train just like we do, except when they swim freestyle, they're upside down, and when they do backstroke, they're right side up. Think about it... Masters Swimming New Zealand
At this point a make-up practice has been scheduled for this Thursday at 6pm. If you intend to swim you *MUST ADVISE* Dean. If there aren't enough responses by Wednesday evening, then we will unfortunately cancel Thursday's make-up practice.
IMPORTANT: Today we will be focusing the entire practice on flip-turns and walls. You heard it here first!
"Being your best is not so much about overcoming the barriers other people place in front of you as it is about overcoming the barriers we place in front of ourselves. It has nothing to do with how many times you win or lose. It has no relation to where you finish in a race or whether you break world records. But it does have everything to do with having the vision to dream, the courage to recover from adversity and the determination never to be shifted from your goals." ~Kieren Perkins
Today we had very choppy conditions, coupled with soreness from the 23,000 yards we put in last week (yes, 23,000 even with the sets we've missed due to the heat). The theme for today was recovery. We swam an easy 2,000 yards with a lot of floating around, a necessary and important complement to our training. Next open water swim will be Sunday, July 31, 2005 at 12pm.
Your throat and stomach are burning. You burp at every turn. And you feel like you are going to spew. Yes, you ate the wrong thing just before practice. Here are a few of the worst foods to eat or drink before a workout based on feedback from the Dynoswim Masters swimmers: Sardines; Pigs in a Blanket; Sausage; Anything at Taco Bell; Burger King Fried Fish Sandwich and Fries; Muffins; Fried Chicken, and Baked Ziti. Please add your "worst food to eat before practice" to the list.
Despite the hot weather and hot pool water, we still made it through today's practice and avoided a collective stroke (not a swimming stroke of course, a heat stroke). Today, the water was a bit cooler than it was on Friday, but certainly warmed up as we approached high noon. We swam 4,000 yards, with plenty of stroke work. (Slackers: we missed you!)
Why bend your elbows in freestyle? The very best arm stroke recovery is one which allows the hand to arrive in time to begin the next stroke but also allows the arm to slow almost to a complete stop just before the hand enters the water. Bending the elbow allows you to do this. If the hand and arm come forward and slam into the water, you lose momentum in the form of drag, and your arm fails to move you forward.
To get used to the bent or high elbow recovery, practice the Finger Tip Drag drill. Swim freestyle but drag your fingertips across the top of the water on each arm recovery out of the water.
Fingertip Drag is standard freestyle except that your fingers never lose contact with the water. From the moment your hand exits the water in the back to the moment it enters the water in front, the fingertips remain in contact with and "drag" across the surface of the water. This drill teaches a low head position, good rotation and a high elbow recovery.
This drill also teaches great extension out front and encourages a low body position. The elbow is the highest part of the body. The act of dragging the fingertips through the water gives the lead hand plenty of time to reach forward.
Furthermore, keeping the head low creates a bow wave. Because the head is low, the hips ride high, creating an efficient position that allows the body to glide through the water.
Swimmers and Triathletes read this... More reasons for finger-tip drag
We're talking Breaststroke, what were you thinking? Click here for Phelps on Breaststroke
Please send Dean your goals for swimming. You can send them via e-mail, or give them to Dean in person. Simply write down what you intend to accomplish in the pool. There are no right or wrong goals, but it is important that you send them over. This will be confidential, shared only with Dean and Sheryl. Thanks.
Great article about one man's swim to freedom... Download file
We'll be having an additional practice this Thursday, July 21, 2005, at our normal time - 6pm.
"Swimming will tear you up inside so be ready, be ready to hate it, because at certain points in your career, you will. 'I've always loved swimming' will never come out of the mouth of a true swimmer. You think you have what it takes, reconsider! Do you want to know what makes a real swimmer? It's that stubborn person who knows that most everyday will lead to hell just to prove it can be done - to go through it because someone said it couldn't be done. True swimmers dream to be the best, even when they know in their heart of hearts, that the best is reserved for a select few. True swimmers know that swimming isn't always a sport of love, but the real swimmers, the truly great swimmers, do it anyway. They do it in spite of the pain and agony. They know it's there and they've accepted it. They realize that the pain won't go away and the sport never gets easier, but they keep going. They know that the only way to make it all worth while is to strive to reach their goals and when they've achieved one goal, the stakes just got higher on another. But those swimmers will stop at nothing to achieve; that is what makes for a real swimmer." ~Author Unidentified
Please read the following article related to common swimming related shoulder injuries. Read about shoulder injuries
Please read the attached article on endorphins and one of the best ways to produce them - swimming! Click here to read about endorphins
Today's ocean swim was excellent. Modest wave action, and in some areas, clear turqoise water, you could see almost 15 feet down, beautiful! Dakin, Amy, Sean, and Dean swam 1.8 miles (3,200 yards) from Highbridge Road to the water tower in Flagler Beach in just under an hour. Great job, guys! Next ocean swim is scheduled for next Sunday, July 24, 2005 at 12pm. An ocean swim this Wednesday or Thursday TBD.
Who the hell is Gunther you ask? Heck, I don't know, he posted a comment under "Beat the Lightning", but he does have an interesting recommendation regarding used speedos. By the way, I've donned many a used speedo after forgetting the old swim trunks at practice or at meets. I guess that's the difference between a "Try"-Athlete, and a swimmer. Just kidding tri-folks, we love you, we just don't like sharing lanes with you. Editor's note: All derogatory tri comments directed toward Gunther, not at our esteemed Dynoswim ready, able, and willing tri-athletes. Please view Gunthers link. Additionally, $50.00 reward to the person that correctly identifies the person in the "weekly photo" who left everything on the Ironman course (hint: I think she's a Dynoswimmer). Click Here for who the hell is Gunther's link
Finally, after a week of lightning cancellations, practice delays, soiled pool water, and a ton of frustration, we had our first solid practice - 4,600 yards including relays! Special accolades go to Pat for swimming an awesome butterfly in her leg of the medley. Dynoswim brought home both the gold and silver in today's informal competition.
Set up a dynoswim account, and show the world what *YOU* want to do in the pool. Share the knowledge, the world needs more swim workouts to choose from! Sprinting, open water, breaststroke, come-on: speak to your inner coach...
Afraid of falling out of shape from a long overdue vacation? How about fitness anxiety before taking time off? Does forgoing your workout routine stress you out? Well, why not merge the two: Take a vacation that can actually improve your swimming fitness levels! (I like the Bavarian lake swim adventure holiday.) Read About Swimtrek
Pretty fast... Click Here for the Maccabiah Games
Not totally applicable to us down here in Florida considering we enjoy exceptionally hot weather eight months of the year. But, there are a few important points to keep in mind - like staying hydrated, even in the pool! Follow the link: Read About Exercising in the Heat
We will have practice on Wednesday and Thursday, July 13 & 14, to make-up for the two lightning cancellations we've had to endure this past Friday and Monday. Please advise for those of you who intend to be there.
"Mainly, I like to have fun. Swimming is all about having fun, and I am a firm believer that you should keep swimming as long as you are having fun, but I can say that it becomes much more fun as you get older and learn more about the sport, life, and especially more about yourself." ~Scott Goldblatt
Next ocean swim is tentatively scheduled for next Sunday at 12pm, barring any hurricanes, lightning, or excessive shark activity (woo, scary!)...
As you are all aware our present schedule is as follows: M/Tu/Fr: 6:00pm-7:45pm Sat: 11:00am-12:45pm. There have been inquiries regarding an additional practice day (i.e. Thursday evening or Sunday morning). In a separate but related matter, there is also the possibility of adjusting Saturday morning workouts for a start time of either 10:00am or 10:30am instead of the normal 11:00am start time (practice would still be 1 hour and 45 minutes). If at least four people commit to an additional practice day, we can add one. If any of you would like to adjust our Saturday morning start time then please advise. Post your opinions either way in the comments section...
Check out the race results for the final race in the Beaches Fine Arts Series triathlon. Congratulations Pat and Amy, great job! Results: Results
Click second link for the Beaches Fine Arts Series website Beaches Fine Arts Series
Please read the following story about Hamdiya Ahmed al-Sammak, a 1970s era elite level javelin thrower and gifted swimmer. An all-around athlete who now, thirty years later, finally has the opportunity to train, the freedom to excel, and the will to test the limits of her body. Click the link... Women Warriors
Click the link... Magnesium
Click here for information regarding sports drinks and exercise (especially in high heat and humidity). http://www.dietsite.com/dt/SportsNutrition/sportsframeset.asp?Page=sports%20drinks.htm
I read this quote today, "I was so surprised. Then again, I was so relaxed in the water, it felt amazing." ~Pieter van den Hoogenband [NED] (after winning a gold medal at the Sydney Olympics in 2000)
Frieda Zamba has closed early today due to the "storm" (sounds fishy) but will re-open tomorrow for our regularly scheduled Saturday practice. Barring any problems with lightning, we will do an Ocean Swim tonight (Friday) instead for those of you who contact Dean and confirm attendance.
An interesting tidbit on Freestyle sprinting, recommended by our friends at the Westport Swim Club, see the attached link to SWIMMING WORLD Magazine http://www.swimmingworldmagazine.com/lane9/news/9647.asp Considering all the sprinting we have done during the past week, this article could not have come at a better time...
Please click on the following link, originally published as an editorial in SWIM MAGAZINE / Fall 2003, this article has been reprinted and posted in numerous places. Found again here after visiting one of our friendly Canadian Masters team sites: http://www.swimordie.ca/Breaststroke%20is%20King.htm
Take a look at the following link www.usms.org/links/usmsclubs.php scroll down to Florida, and look at Florida's newest team. We will be distributing USMS and Dynoswim forms to complete each swimmer's registration.
Sunday's ocean swim had calm conditions with virtually no wave action - unlike last Sunday with very heavy surf and large waves, quite a different type of swim. Sean and Dean swam approx. 2,300 yards (1.2 miles). We are scheduling the next ocean swim for Sunday, July 10, 2005 at 12pm. We may offer an additional ocean swim scheduled for either this Wednesday or Thursday (July 6 / July 7) at 4:30pm, depending on confirmed attendance. Please advise if you would like the additional open water training...
Independence Day practice will be held at 12:00pm-1:30pm at Frieda Zamba. We have at least 7 swimmers who have thus far confirmed attendance! Burn those pre-BBQ calories...
Our very own Mary Ann Meekins, who was once a member of the 1944 United States National team (the year the olympics were cancelled due to WWII) is still swimming strong. A committed member of our Dynoswim swim team, we're proud to share the pool with Mary Ann...
Click here to view article (right mouse click and use the "zoom out" function if image is posted too large). Take a look at Mary Ann with some of her old teammates, she's the pretty blonde all the way to the right! Click here to view photo ("zoom out" if necessary).
Having the honor to workout with one of the founders of Swim Across America, Jeff Keith (co-founder), who along with other members of the Westport Swim Club, have become involved with Swim Across the Sound. Take a look at some of the great things their organization does by clicking on the above link...
Josh Usdavin, who some of you may have heard Dean mention, has been an integral part of the creation of the Dynoswim workout database and website. Josh has donated countless time and effort to help do what some of us do best, that is promote the sport of swimming. Josh is also doing his part to fight cancer in this year's "swim across the sound." Click on the link to learn more about the organization and what they do to support cancer research. We are asking you to help by making a contribution! Please use the link below to donate what you like - even $1.00 - online quickly & securely. You will receive email confirmation of your donation and Josh will be notified. We thank you in advance for your support, and really appreciate your generosity!