How about your New Year's resolutions?
Here's a list of New Year's resolutions adapted, edited and modified for Dynoswim from "Swimming World's: New Year's Resolutions for Officials".
1. I will learn a new skill to help my team.
2. I will mentor.
3. I will listen so that others may mentor me.
4. Swimming is a team activity, I will do my part so that others can do their's.
5. I will stay in shape to prolong my opportunities both in and out of the pool.
6. I will seek the help of others to improve myself and our team.
7. I will encourage activities outside the pool to foster team building, camaraderie, and feedback.
8. I will evaluate others with the same attitude in which I would like to be evaluated.
9. I will accept new ideas and assignments with enthusiasm, energy and a willingness to further the sport when given the opportunity.
10. I will encourage those swimmers with less experience.
11. I will give compliment's when warranted.
12. I wil remember that I love this sport, that this is where I want to be, and what I want to do. I know I am privileged to be a part of it.
What New Year's resolutions would you add?
A simple but informative tutorial on how to perform a competitive swimming start.
Check out these swimming videos from the 2004 Athens Olympics. They have semifinal and finals videos of all the races.
USA Swimming has some very tough workouts the kids are doing during Christmas break. I definitely don't miss those workouts! Do any of you Dynoswimmers have a favorite set you used to do in college or still do? If so, add it to the Dynoswim Workout Database.
Check out the Triathletes Homepage a great UK resource for triathletes. They have a great links page too, look under swimming!
Amy Britton and Patricia Milton sauntered their way to half-marathon heaven. Way to go guys!
Check out the results of the Jacksonville half-marathon which took place on December 18, 2005.
"And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow, stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so? It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags. And he puzzled and puzzled 'till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before. What if Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store. What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more." ~Dr. Seuss
I asked for a 50 meter pool.
What did you ask for?
Below are some neat swimming products that we think would make great gifts for any swimmers in your life. Feel free to leave any ideas you might have in the comments section.
- Speedo Hydralign Training Goggle
- TYR Nuzzles (TM) Thong
- TYR Mentor Hand Paddle
- Subscription to Swimming World Magazine
- Unfiltered DVD starring Ian Crocker and Michael Phelps
- Dynoswim T-Shirts
Saturday is Christmas Eve and we will be having practice as we would at our normal Saturday time. That means 11:00am. So get excited, nothing's better than a nice tough workout to get you in a festive mood. In honor of the holiday spirit, you will however get to take Sunday, Christmas Day, off!
Ho Ho Ho, Merry Christmas!
"Sure, you can say swimming is a selfish sport. You're the one who goes into the pool and makes your own times and wins medals, minus the relays. But without a team, without those special people in your life to push you harder then you've ever swam, in practice and in races, without them to help you through the hard times, without them to give you a reason to keep showing up to practice, then you wouldn't be out there anyways. I don't think there is a single swimmer out there that wants to swim only by themselves, that they want to do all their sets, their hundreds of laps a day alone. Without a team to help me through all my hard times, not only would I not be swimming, I probably wouldn't be in school. Never, ever, underestimate the power of a team." ~Unidentified UCSC Swimmer
Look no further than the Swimmers Guide. They have a database of 14,816 facilities with 15,761 swimming pools in 8,812 cities and towns in 155 countries.
This is what it is all about - that is - swimming as a life-sport. Swimming will give you the opportunity to maintain a healthy lifestyle throughout your life. It's also about goal-setting and learning how to achieve those goals both in and out of the pool. It's about balance and the way a positive experience gained through swimming will affect the other parts of your lives, like your family, your job, and school.
It's about swimming, but it's not just about swimming.
Read this article.
The world before goggles.
Happy Anniversary Dynoswimmers!
December 13, 2005 will mark the first anniversary of Dynoswim in Palm Coast. Take a look at our very first workout:
"I may be smelly and I may be old,
Rough in my pebbles, reedy in my pools,
But where my fish float by I bless their swimming,
And I like the people to bathe in me especially women."
~Poem by Stevie Smith
Stevie Smith was a British poet and radio personality that lived from September 20, 1902 to March 7, 1971.
Born Florence Margaret Smith in Kingston upon Hull, at three years old she moved with her mother and sister to Palmers Green, London. Later when her mother became ill, her aunt Lion came to live with them. She was educated at Palmers Green High School and North London College for Girls. She spent the remainder of her life with her aunt, and worked as private secretary to Sir Neville Pearson with Sir George Newnes at Newnes Publishing Company in London from 1923 to 1953. She never married.
She wrote three novels, the first of which, A Novel on Yellow Paper, was published in 1936. She also wrote nine volumes of poetry. Her first volume was A Good Time Was Had By All. It was this that established her as a poet, and soon her poems were found in periodicals. Her style was rather dark; her characters were perpetually saying goodbye to their friends, or welcoming death. "Stevie Smith often uses the word 'peculiar' and it is the best word to describe her effects" - Hermione Lee.
She was awarded the Cholmondeley Award for Poets in 1966 and won the Queen's Gold Medal for poetry in 1969. She died of a brain tumor on March 7, 1971.
Her best known poem is the autobiographical "Not Waving But Drowning", which explores the fundamental isolation of the poet from her audience via the medium of a misapprehension relating to a swimmer dying at sea.
After Smith's death, her collected poems and three novels were republished and there was a successful play based on her life, "Stevie", written by Hugh Whitemore. It was filmed in 1973 by Robert Enders starring Glenda Jackson and Mona Washbourne.
Please speak to Dean or Sheryl if you'd like to help out by supporting some of the administrative functions of the team. Some of those tasks may include updates to our registration forms. Other support includes acting as liaison to the pool staff. We also need someone who would like to offer new ideas for the overall direction, recruiting, and strategy of the team while acting as a sounding board for new initiatives (i.e. meets, training resources, cross training for triathletes).
Many of you have asked what the conversion rates are for yards vs. meters, especially since we've moved over to Belle Terre (a meter pool). Please refer to the attached link which will help to keep your times in perspective.
Please be advised that we will be meeting for dinner at the European Cafe and Schnitzel House on December 17, 2005 at 6pm. The Schnitzel House is located at 210 South Atlantic Avenue in Ormond Beach.
We will also meet after dinner at a place TBD for some holiday cheer.
Additionally, please RSVP with the number of people by December 9 so that we can make appropriate reservations (Ho Ho Ho).
"Don't think, just do." ~Horace
Quintus Horatius Flaccus was born on the 8th of December, B.C. 65 at Venusia, a Roman colony on the confines of Apulia and Lucania. His father was a libertinus (former slave), or freed man. Horace was technically ingenuus, having been born after his father's emancipation. He never mentions his mother. In the exercise of this profession as collector of taxes, and from the proceeds of public sales, his father acquired a small estate near Venusia, and a competence that enabled him to give his son the best education that Rome could afford. In Rome, Horace pursued the usual courses in grammar and rhetoric, reading the older Latin poets under the famous teacher L. Orbilius Pupillus. He also read Homer at this time, and apparently pushed his Greek studies so far as to compose Greek verses. At the age of twenty he went to study in Athens, at the time a university town and finishing school for young Romans of the better class. He attended the lectures of Cratippus the Peripatetic, and Theomnestus the Academician, the chief figures in the schools at that time. In later years, after the publication of the first three books of the Odes, the Greek moral philosophers became his favorite reading.
Among his fellow-students were Marcus Cicero, son of the orator, M. Valerius Messalla, and many other sons of distinguished houses. His studies were interrupted after the assassination of Caesar in B.C. 44, during the civil war, in which, with other members of the young Roman nobility, joined the party of Brutus and Cassius against the triumvirs. Plutarch relates that Brutus, while preparing for the campaign, attended the lectures of Theomnestus at Athens. He met Horace, to whom, in spite of his youth and humble birth, gave the position of military tribune. In this capacity Horace accompanied Brutus in his progress through Thessly and Macedonia, and in the next year crossed to Asia with him. Returning to Macedonia in the autumn of B.C. 42, he took part in the battle of Philippi, from which he escaped to Italy to find his father dead and his estate confiscated for the use of the veterans of the triumvirs. Many passages of his works referred to these experiences of war and travel.
The next few years were the hardest of Horace's life. He supported himself by means of a clerkship in the quaestor's office, which he bought with borrowed money and the influence of his father's friends. This period of hardship, however, did not last long. His 'dash at the bersemonger's craft,' won him the friendship of Vergil and Varius, the rising poets of the age, who, in B.C. 29, introduced him to Maecenas, the great minister of Augustus.
The rest of Horace's life was deemed to be easy and uneventful until his death in 8 B.C.
Did you know that the Dynoswim cyber community now represents 18 U.S. States and 7 countries! We have registered members from as far away as South Africa and Europe to Alaska. Our most popular registrants outside the U.S.A. hail from Canada. In the U.S. the top three states represented in order are Florida, New York, and California.
Please continue to provide us with all the wonderful news and events taking place in your neck of the woods. Just click on Contact Us and send those details over for all Dynoswimmers to read. We'll add your contributions to the Dynoswim homepage.
A couple of interesting articles about swimming that I've come across. Enjoy!
December 2nd practice consisted of sprints with very little rest. One Dynoswimmer would have liked it very much, if you can guess which one, then you rule (Hint: D.P.). It was a total of 4,000 meters (Belle Terre is a meter pool) in 1 hour 25 minutes.
Check it out:
Please advise if there is any interest for a swim camp designed exclusively for Dynoswim team members. One does not need to be a Dynoswimmer to attend. The camp will run for seven days devoted to and organized as follows: 2 (a.m. / p.m.) practices per day, plus midday video analysis; cross-training / stretching; nutrition; guest speakers; guest coaches; and team-building / motivational exercises.
The program will be designed in a family-friendly environment so that swimming families can attend together. The location would not be identified for quite some time, but could theoretically take place anywhere in the country.
Again the program will be designed solely for Dynoswimmers, and open to all swimmers (Dynoswim or not) of all abilities. The first camp could potentially be offered in late 2006.
If there is genuine interest in such a program, please offer your opinions on the subject.