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Swimming Dino Enters the History Books

Twelve footprints found in the bed of an ancient lake in northern Spain have thrown up the first compelling evidence that some land dinosaurs could swim, researchers reported Thursday.

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No secret that Dynosaurs can swim.

31 May 07 @ 7:10 PM  | 0 comments  |  Fun Facts category

The Fetch: A Swimmers Guide to Open Water and Pounding Surf

~By Scott Bay

…And the sea will grant each man new hope…

img_1473%20%282%29.jpgI spend probably more time at the beach than most of my fellow team mates and I love the open water swims the best. Swimming in the surf especially when it is big is a skill all by itself.

Binge Swimming provided the Dynoswim Team with an advanced tutorial in this particular aspect of open water swimming. The Fetch is calculated by multiplying wind velocity by time by distance. It determines how big it will get out in the impact zone (where the waves break). Since we have multiple sand bars in this part of the world you can get two maybe three impact zones and in between is what is referred to as inside (where the wave breaks then closes out and then reforms and breaks again).

An unusual bit of weather for this time of year had the wind blowing at 20-25 knots out of the east (huge fetch, multiple impact zones, big and nasty).

Into this equation walks Emily…from Nebraska, educated in Ohio. Most folks outside of the surfing subculture or the fluid mechanics lab at MIT know very little of hydrodynamics and the often strange behavior of several thousand tons of seawater moving in a particular direction but I am sure this weekend would prove to be an education for us all.

The surf was HUGE, way overhead and sloppy. Seas were equally big at 8-10 feet. Most fishermen stayed in this weekend rather than get pounded. We went for a swim.

Saturday May 26, five of us including Emily. A bad experience in the waves during the week had made her unsure of this whole swimming today thing. We had practiced some open water skills in the pool the day before so she was ready but cautious. We sat and watched the ocean. We talked about the power of nature and the respect we all have for each other and the sea. We looked for the rivers of current that would carry us out through the surf and in we went.

Through the impact zone to the inside then through the other impact zone and then we were there… 600 meters offshore and in 8-10 ft swells. Just outside the impact zone we could watch the waves go in and break. We swam north and it was pretty much up and down swimming.

We stopped and talked about how and where to go in. lots of watching and waiting. We all go in and have an easy time on the way in…no one was rolled …no surf rash from the bottom.

Next day in and outs. Using fins (useless if you buy the wrong kind) we work on going in and out of the pounding surf. That was way big fun. It was as big as the day before or bigger. I wanted to do it over (I have thrill issues) and over but responsibility set in. I did have one scary moment. We were out a pretty good way (500M) and I got slapped by a huge wave (not paying attention). I was rolled hard and then the water got cold and very dark. I knew I was waaaayyyy under. I felt my foot hit the ocean floor and I thought about how deep I must be. I exhaled and followed the bubbles. I breached the surface and I think my fellow Dynoswimmers thought I was dead because I was down so long.

All in all a great weekend. We all learned a lot from each other and about each other. I think we all are more confident swimmers having overcome fears or accomplished goals or both. Having met Emily and seen what she has been through during these last 10 days in terms of swimming, I am confident she will make her 9 mile swim. She has shown a great deal of toughness and tenacity. I look forward to celebrating another Dynoswim achievement!

30 May 07 @ 9:52 PM  | 3 comments  |  Open Water Swimming category

Did you know...?

The Japanese won all the men's titles except the 400-meter freestyle in the 1932 Los Angeles Olympics. Buster Crabbe won the 400-meter free.

30 May 07 @ 5:25 AM  | 1 comments  |  Fun Facts category

The CEO of CrackBerry Meets the CEO of BlackBerry

...At the word “triathlon,” Jim’s eyes lit up and I immediately could tell this was another subject he was truly passionate about. His first question to me cut right to the core, “Are you a swimmer?” I responded that swimming is my weakest area and he immediately advised me to get a “good swimming coach.” He explained that, from his experiences, success in swimming is based on technique, and that it takes a swimming coach with a trained eye to help you master your swim.

Read the entire article at Crackberry.com

29 May 07 @ 9:16 PM  | 0 comments  |  Swimmer Profiles category

Quote for the Week of May 28, 2007

"You are not boring or vain or simple or mean. You're colorful, complex, and have a beauty that's all your own. And for the record, you are infinitely nicer than they give you credit for."

~Author and recipient unknown

28 May 07 @ 11:06 AM  | 0 comments  |  Quote for the Week category

Five Exercises for Swim-Specific Strength

~By Brad Culp

May 4, 2007 -- Plenty of triathletes are willing to do whatever to takes to become faster and more efficient in the water. They join the local masters team, they do all the right drills and they listen intently to their coach’s every instruction. Even with that kind of focus, these triathletes still struggle with the opening leg.

Read on at Triathletemag.com

24 May 07 @ 8:29 PM  | 0 comments  |  Triathlon category

Savannah College of Art and Design: SCAD Swimming

Continuing with post-season recognition, a few SCAD swimmers were featured on the local NBC affiliate for their accomplishments at NAIA Nationals. Check out the above video clip.

Congratulations on a great season, SCAD Swimmers!

23 May 07 @ 1:52 AM  | 0 comments  |  College and University Swimming category

Binge Swim Training Bender: Part 1

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Two Dynoswimmers, Sean Bean and Emily Nohner battle the elements.

~By Emily Nohner

How to Describe the Ocean Swims?

Saturday was my first time swimming in the ocean. I mean, I have cooled off in the ocean waves after tanning on the beach, but I have never thought to myself, "Man, I really want to go swim in those 10 foot waves." But, with the help of the team I realized that this sort of challenge was exactly what I needed in order to complete the 9-mile swim in Minnesota. Sure, the lake won't have salt-water or gigantic waves, but it will try everything I've got - the lake won't pity our swim team. I broke the experience down into what I took away as the five main lessons I learned as a beginner to open-water swimming.

Lesson 1: The ocean has an intensity that is ferocious, relentless, and deceiving. Strangely, this weekend was choppier than the typical conditions for Flagler Beach (Atlantic Ocean, right north of Daytona Beach). There were red flags up and down the way as the lifeguards are required to do, cautioning rough conditions and prohibiting beach swims. But that's not where we swim, Dynoswimmers have this great spot south from Flagler Beach, past all the ocean development. One side of the road is preservation brush, and the other is nothing but ocean.

We arrived for the first swim Saturday morning and I could tell that everyone was being cautious about these waves. Me, being a first timer, had nothing to compare the waves to - so I figured if they feel comfortable going in, then I will follow. The first 10 minutes were spent getting sunscreen on, drinking last gulps of Gatorade, and saying hellos. The friendships on the team are easy to pick up on; everyone hugged as if they hadn't seen each other in ages (when they swim together 4-5 times a week and often compete in triathlons and swim meets in their spare time)! But Judi told me, that when Coach Dean says, "Let's go!" then it is game time, and there is no talking, swim caps on, goggles tightened, onward to the sea!

Lesson 2: We don't just use the buddy system, we live it.

Ok, you know when you hear those stories about people finding the strength to lift cars off the ground to rescue someone caught underneath?

As we raced into the crashing waves I prayed to God that my adrenaline and whatever muscle mass I have would be enough to carry me through and beyond the breakers. I felt safer knowing that we were on a buddy system - I had at least two strong swimmers on each side of me making sure I was making it through each wave. But, even though I had buddies, it was still up to me to kick and pull my way through the tumultuous water. There was no time for fear or panic, I just knew I had to keep swimming. If I stopped, the waves would carry me backwards and all of the past 5 minutes would be wasted. After face fulls of water I realized I was not timing the waves correctly. There is a science to dodging the waves, and I had to learn it quickly. Finally I told Sean and Doug (my buddies) to shout at me "Duck!" when I needed to dive under the wave and wait it out, or shout "Over!" when I needed to keep swimming. Once I got that part down, I was making progress. All seemed well when the Dynoswimmers gathered in the middle of the waves toward a calm spot. This was a gap in between the breakers. It was really bizarre, I thought, it was like being in a dirty hot tub - the surface was nothing but foam, and the current was going every which way. But it wasn't safe to swim in this zone; we had to pass one more breaker to get to calmer and deeper water.

Now that I knew my buddies were going to tell me when to duck I felt a bit better before round two of the battle. Once we made it out past the second breaker Coach Dean decided the waves were still too rough: it was time to head in. Now we had to swim looking backwards over our shoulders to watch out for the waves. If you time it right you can use the momentum of the wave to push you forward; if you mis-time it though (or don't see the wave cresting) you get a lovely crash of water that can face plant you 15-20 feet to the bottom which knocks you a bit and reminds you mockingly to watch your back. We made it back to shore, just in time for our pool training!

Lesson 3: Everyone, regardless of how skilled and experienced a swimmer, has a different background in the open water - and this makes a huge difference!

It clearly would be wasted time if people tried to compare their strengths and weaknesses to one another on the team. As Judi said, she grew up on water, and not just water - but open water in New Jersey pulling her sailboat a mile or more through the water home by herself. Others have been experienced pool swimmers only, and are new to the ocean. Together, as a team though, everyone brings an incredible amount of knowledge. Instead of worrying about what I can't do, I had to remind myself that everyone is my teacher. The ocean is a neutralizing force, no matter how many muscles you've got, how many races you've won, once the group is swimming together and out in the ocean it is all the same playing field.

Lesson 4: The last lesson, (for now) is trust.

Not only did I have to trust my body as being capable of enduring the swim, but I also had to trust the team members to be my eyes, ears, and brain! If it wasn't for Doug and Sean yelling, "Duck!" I would have been washed up on shore and still cussing up a storm about the relentless waves. I learned to trust that the team was going to push me and support me. When I shouted, "I CAN'T DO THIS!" during the first attempt at the ocean swim, Sean immediately appeared and coached me through the hurdles. Trust can only be built by honesty. When Coach Dean asked us all how we were doing, I knew I better pipe up if I knew I couldn't hack it anymore. A couple of times I said I was doing fine, but a bit nauseous. I wasn't going to push myself to such an extreme that I injured myself or was lying about pain or being tired; but I knew I couldn't wimp out either although by Sunday everything in me wanted to!

So Sunday morning we were swimming and I knew that the motion sickness was going to be the end of me. I hadn't realized how bad it was until we got past the breakers. I puked a bit and shouted that I was good to go. I figured that it was out of my system, a little motion sickness is all. Coach "Dean O." laughed and asked if there was a baby-Dynoswimmer on the way (as if I was expecting). Motion sickness, not morning sickness thank you very much!

Anyway, after the next "set" I was done for. When my name came up in roll call I just told my swim buddies to steer clear of me, but it was too late. Suffice it to say that puke happens, and I did a fine job earning whatever nickname may come my way. Immediately the team swam me in, which was awesome because most could have stayed out there beyond the breakers. Instead they all made the trek and swam me in only to turn around and swim back out again for the rest of their swim, which by the way I heard was no easy set - butterfly across the current!

Anytime one Dynoswimmer can puke on another Dynoswimmer, the trust is pretty much forged. After some Dramamine, and an hours rest, Coach Dean O. said that I had to get back in the water as scheduled. In my head I thought, "No way in hell!" But my body knew that if I didn't attempt it again I would be scared to try it again next (Memorial Day) Weekend. Dean O. said, "You say the word - and we'll come back to shore, even if it's in 10 minutes." I astounded myself and made it a lot longer than 10 minutes.

I just had to keep going or else the motion would get to me. Again, it was important to be honest about how I was doing. I knew that as soon as I said I was done, that would be it for the day. And then I heard the words, "Hey Dean, did you see those fins?" Doug had spotted fins in the distance and did the right thing by asking Dean. Judi had seen them too, but was sure they were dolphins. Dean had seen them and was keeping an eye on the situation. Me? I was oblivious, but now I had a new thing to worry about - what type of fin is out there?! Again, I had to trust that the sea savvy Dynoswimmers knew the difference between shark fins and dolphin fins. I think that was the scariest part, because the mind plays tricks on you out there and there is nothing but deep salty water below, to the right and to the left of you.

Lesson 5: We made it, I made it.

Four ocean swims in two days, and rough waters at that. I lost a training fin and goggles in massive waves, and my breakfast in another. But I kept looking at the bright side - no limbs were lost! After the last swim I stood on the beach trying to calm my stomach and get back to normal. Then I see Dean body surfing the waves. He comes back and shouts, "I just bitch-slapped the waves for you and told them to get it out of their system so we can have calm waters for next weekend!" Ha, thanks Dean.

It was an experience of a lifetime, something that I had never imagined I would try, and I know that I would and could never have done it without the entire Dynoswim team. It took every single smile and high-five to make me feel like I could accomplish those swims.

And, I can accomplish those swims!

21 May 07 @ 11:15 PM  | 2 comments  |  Open Water Swimming category

Quote for the Week of May 21, 2007

"How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and the strong. Because someday in life you will have been all of these."

~George Washington

21 May 07 @ 7:13 PM  | 0 comments  |  Quote for the Week category

Dynoswim in the Flagler Times

As entrants in The Tenth Annual 24 Mile Tampa Bay Marathon Swim, Dynoswim once again made it into the Flagler Times. Check it out:

View the Flagler Times Article

18 May 07 @ 6:46 AM  | 0 comments  |  Dynoswim Palm Coast category

It's Only a Matter of Time

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Thinking about open- water swimming, marathon swimming and some of the incredible accomplishments of recent years, I wonder what the future in ultimate open-water swimming will be. Still today, swimming the English Channel is an incredible feat, but every year more and more swimmers do it. Some even complete double crossings and attempted triples. I recently forgot that back in 1998 Benoit Lecomte swam across the Atlantic. So the question stands, what's the ultimate open-water swim?

15 May 07 @ 6:48 PM  | 4 comments  |  Open Water Swimming category

Open Water Swimming in Ireland - 2007

The following is a note from Ned Dennison and is directed to all Dynoswimmers, near and far.

Much of the open water swimming in Ireland is organized by water polo teams and players - so you should feel right at home. If you are travelling this way in the next year drop me an email in advance and I'll get you connected with the group nearest your destination.

In the province of Munster (the South-West) we have over 200 organised swims in the nearby sea, rivers and lakes. The largest, on 28 July, is a 1.25 mile swim through the center of Cork City. We expect 400 swimmers and crowds in excess of 4,000. We guarantee a great party following the swim!

Online registration for the ‘Vibes & Scribes’ Lee Swim 2007 is now open on:

Vibes and Scribes Registration

Regards,

Ned Denison, Cork Masters Swimming Club

14 May 07 @ 7:48 PM  | 0 comments  |  Meets, Open Water, and Other Events category

Quote of the Week for May 14, 2007

"A mother is a person who seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie." ~Tenneva Jordan

Happy Mother's Day to our Moms' of Dynoswimmers and our Dynoswimmer Moms!

13 May 07 @ 9:09 PM  | 0 comments  |  Quote for the Week category

Becoming a Triathlete... UPDATE

Originally posted April 28, 2007 @ 4:18pm

A Dynoswimmer (guess who) is thinking of taking the plunge, and moving over to the other side. Could be a great opportunity to expand some horizons and get a better understanding of the challenges some of our swimmers face outside of the pool.

Any advice for a veteran swimmer evolving into a newbie triathlete?

Here's another question for you bike snobs:

Orbea. Road or tri?

Update

So I wanted to thank everyone for offering me such great advice both below in the comments section but also from all the great emails and phone calls. I really feel that I've made the right choice, and it sure helps a lot when you can weigh the pros and cons of all the notable points you've made. Yeah, I'm a well informed consumer (tongue in cheek).

I have to tell you though, some of the advice I received was especially helpful. For example, Thorsten's insight regarding legs really shed light on one of the most overlooked aspects of cycling. I mean, without legs, I'd probably only go downhill.

I also liked Scott's perspective very much. I've even seen Scott in action, and hearing the comments he lobs at people as he moves through the pack is pretty funny and exciting. He does have a cool bike too.

Seriously though, I did want to say thanks and the perspective you all offered me was incredibly helpful. So here's the verdict: after test riding a Serotta earlier this afternoon, I ended up purchasing the Orbea Onix today. I do have some plans for it already, so stay tuned and I'll share those new adventures with you real soon.

12 May 07 @ 11:18 PM  | 21 comments  |  Triathlon category

Completed Workouts Chart

Now you can view a chart of your monthly distances year over year. Access this feature by going into your profile and clicking the "View your completed workouts chart" link at the bottom of the page.

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If you don't have a dynoswim account you could create a free one by clicking here. Once you create an account you could save your completed workouts and track the distances using your dynoswim account. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions....

9 May 07 @ 9:56 PM  | 0 comments  |  Website category

'I Finished!' The Competitive Spirit, in Their Own Words

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We did good. The race was awesome! I can definitely see how this can be addicting. Christine and I had such a blast! It wasn’t as intimidating as I thought it would be.

Unfortunately, the swim was canceled due to the rough conditions so I ended up doing a Duathlon. The run is definitely my weakest leg(s) of the race, however I did learn that biking is one of my strongest.

The first run I did very well (2 miles). Then the bike I did GREAT. I passed a lot of people. But by the 2nd run, everyone I passed on the bike—passed me on the run! I could have gone faster—but I’m not used to running in the sand and my left leg felt as if it might give out. So I was being careful so I could finish. Towards the end of the run, I picked up the pace to the finish.

We had so much fun! I really enjoyed it. Now my son Michael wants to start training for a tri. He was my biggest fan out there cheering me on! :-)

Publix Family Fitness Weekend

Great Job, Judi, Christine and Lori!

7 May 07 @ 8:30 PM  | 4 comments  |  Meets, Open Water, and Other Events category

Quote for the Week of May , 2007

"The master in the art of living makes little distinction between his work and his play, his labor and his leisure, his mind and his body, his information and his recreation, his love and his religion. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence at whatever he does, leaving others to decide whether he is working or playing. To him he is always doing both."

~James A. Michener

7 May 07 @ 5:13 AM  | 0 comments  |  Quote for the Week category

Binge Swim Training Bender

Dear Dynoswimmers,

In the past many of you have expressed an interest in participating in a binge swim training bender. With that in mind, I would like to invite you all to participate in a five day (spread over two weekends), open-water training preparation. The overall purpose of this swim cycle is fourfold:

  1. Prepare the participants for the 9-mile (Minnesota) Swim.
  2. Encourage our tri-athletes to take part.
  3. Enable our less experienced swimmers to swim open-water with confidence.
  4. Support one another.

This program is designed for *entry level* and *intermediate* swimmers. In other words, it is open to everyone and we’ll be encouraging anyone who desires to do so, to take part. We expect a relatively small group (less than six swimmers).

There is one condition: you must confirm your attendance. There will be no drop-ins.

Additionally, we will open this program up to non-Dynoswimmers provided they are USMS registered, pay $20.00 and purchase one Dynoswim T-Shirt and swim cap (additional $20.00).

There are no fees for Dynoswimmers.

So, if you’re interested, please participate. Please also remember that this program is rooted in the 9-mile swim preparation, a worthy cause.

Learn more here: Emily's 9 Miler

Best Regards,

Dean O.

Download the Tentative Schedule Here

3 May 07 @ 10:52 PM  | 0 comments  |  Meets, Open Water, and Other Events category

Fin Training - Aqua Sphere Microfin

I tried the microfin last week in practice. Quite different from the Speedo fins I typically use. I'm also anti-zoomer, since I just don't see the benefit in using them since you reap no "flipper effect". (You could just as well strap plywood to your feet.) Anyway, I do admit that the Speedo fins are too flexible - just the opposite of zoomers. I thought the microfin had the best of both worlds. Anyway, check them out and if you've tried them let us know what you think. I'll probably buy them once my Speedo fins wear out.

Aqua Sphere Microfin

3 May 07 @ 9:09 PM  | 0 comments  |  Interesting Products category

What is the Dolphin Kick?

Dolphin is the buzzword in Melbourne after Michael Phelps blitzed his way a record seven gold medals at swimming's World Championships.

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2 May 07 @ 1:27 AM  | 0 comments  |  Technique, Tips, and Drills category

Changing the Order of Workout Sets

For those of you that submit workouts, we've enhanced the create workout functionality to allow ordering of the workout sets.
order workout sets

1 May 07 @ 1:40 AM  | 2 comments  |  Website category

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