Now that we have more than 850 swim workouts in the database we figured we needed a better way to navigate through the various pages of workouts. Previously, we only had the ability to navigate one page at a time from start to end which ended up being a tedious process if you wanted to view all the workouts (over 85 pages). Now you could easily skip to the end, or view various pages in-between. Also we applied a new look to the page which hopefully will make it a bit easier to read. Feel free to leave any comments below.
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~By Gina Kolata
Looking back, Dr. Michael Joyner thinks he chose the wrong sport when he became a distance runner. He should have been a swimmer or a rower.
Dr. Joyner, an anesthesiologist and exercise researcher at the Mayo Clinic, was fast — he ran a marathon in 2 hours 25 minutes. But, at 6-foot-5, and 175 pounds at his lightest, he was simply too big to be great.
Read on at NYTimes.com
So the question is: What sport is your body built for?
(Answer in the comment section below.)
~By Craig Lord
The US sprinter, saved from drowning as a five-year-old, promotes water safety back at his home pool.
Cullen Jones, the 23-year-old US sprinter using his speed in the pool as a means of widening the sport's appeal to more black children, would have drowned when he was five had it not been for the vigilance of a lifeguard and his parents.
Kangaroos are great swimmers.
...and boxers too.
"A loving person lives in a loving world.
A hostile person lives in a hostile world.
Everyone you meet is your mirror."
~Ken Keyes, Jr. (1921-1995), writer
This week’s Speedo Tip of the week is from the Jan.-Feb. 2007 issue of Splash, in which Olympic champions Natalie Coughlin and Misty Hyman offer some advice on underwater dolphin kicking.
Tuna swim at a steady speed of nine mph and they never stop. That means a 15-year-old tuna may have traveled 1,000,000 miles.
1,000,000 miles to the cannery.
"Every man is guilty of all the good he did not do."
Name this pool, if you get it, you rule...
Elephants are capable of swimming twenty miles a day, using their trunks as natural snorkles.
They also use their trunks for suitcases and picnic baskets.
~By Dave Samuelsohn and Jack Geoghegan
Imagine! You just swam your best races, defeated your archrival, collected your hardware, and are riding off into the sunset with the girl (or the boy)!
If this is your dream, stop dreaming! Instead, make it your goal and start planning.
If you’re going to build something, it’s usually a good idea to know what it’s supposed to look like before you start digging the foundation. So, when you plan your season, start at the end with your goals – the times you want to do in the big meet. Then work backward to figure out where you need to be and what you need to be doing at key points during your season.
As an overview, the “mind” component of your preparation needs to be a continuing theme throughout your season. That means you start and end with your focus on your goal. Remember, you can train yourself to have more confidence (and being in great shape helps do that).
Begin by grouping your season into three chunks of time and plan each one backward, starting with where you want to be. Remember the mind component will be prevalent throughout, with a focus on your goals and a concentration on the fine points needed for your best race. Here’s what we mean:
In the pre-season, say from September to October or November, you want to go from being out of shape – from all the rest you took during the last taper and from taking a couple or more weeks off to gain back all that unwanted fat – to swimming some tough interval workouts.
Your mind component will have a real-time concentration on stroke and efficiency while keeping a long-range focus on your end-of-season goals. If you’re going to hit those goals, you’re not only going to have to be in shape, your going to have to swim a perfect race. Start now with stroke-work. Only, don’t just try to perfect your stroke, try to prohibit stroke errors.
You know how to swim; you just have to concentrate – all the time. That may be the toughest thing you have to do in workout, especially when you’re tired. But do it. Don’t let yourself slip into bad habits, or you’ll never nail down those correct habits, and you’ll be worried about your stroke all season.
Physically, you want to concentrate on whole-body workouts, longer swims, shorter rest intervals. Work on all four strokes to strengthen yourself all over – 6-8x200 IM, for instance. Pick a few areas to concentrate on, then rotate them around over a week or two: pull 20x200, swim 1500 backstroke, kick 4x400 breaststroke. Of course, legs are all too often neglected or they are worked only cursorily. We like long, hypoxic fin sets to also tax cardio, lower back, and stomach (10x200 underwater fly kick, for example). More long swims early in this phase: more interval stuff later.
Now you’re in pretty good shape. Your strokes are good, you’re strong, but you’re swimming like a slug and you’ve got a meet in January.
Don’t panic. You’re on the right track. By the end of this phase you’ll be swimming faster and feeling like you’re in great shape. That’s our goal for this phase and the real starting point. You’ll be one tough hombre.
The watchword for this phase of your season is toughness – both mental and physical. You will come to understand that both aspects feed off each other to create an even stronger whole.
Now we’re into challenging interval training – high yardage in December and January, slightly less in February. We’re doing timed swims (remember those?) regularly of all strokes and distances, including kicking. And we’re going out to breakfast.
But take care. There’ll be days when your body quits on you, such as after you’ve had one or two particularly good workouts. Expect it and don’t be frustrated. Often you can work on another stroke, but if not, that’s okay too. Do a stretch-out type of swim and get out. Go take a tub… and make sure you have a good breakfast tomorrow.
As you head into early March, you should be doing some really hot times in workout. The more important meets are coming up and you’re going to be sure to rest a day or two to ensure better performances here. Meets are important. You’ve got to get those races under your belt. Remember, in order to swim fast, you’ve got to swim fast!
Now it’s early March, and there are only about six or eight weeks to go before the big meet. Now is when everything changes. Depending on how you’ve done, how you feel, what kind of races you specialize in, and what kind of swimmer you are, your taper will vary.
But we’re still going to plan it backwards, starting with the week of the meet. We like to map out a loose grid of the upcoming weeks, to define what type of work and rest we’ll need and stick to that in a fashion that allows some day-to-day adjustment (in case we feel we’ve worked too hard or not hard enough the day before, or in case the car won’t start or the filters backed up).
The mind component plays a much more significant role here, as we rehearse the perfect race, nail those split times, and focus more and more on the positive image of achieving our goals. A good time to mentally rehearse that perfect race is just before you drift off to sleep (at night in bed, not driving to morning workout). This is called imaging. It helps to sleep on that positive image. “I can do it!” “I’m going to do it!” “I feel fast!”
Here are some things to think about and do during this important taper phase.
- Lengthen intervals considerably as you cut yardage
- Taper yardage but not time in workout
- Over the last few weeks, move your fast swimming (timed swim, long-interval sets, etc.) closer to beginning of your practice after a pre-meet type warm-up
- Increase double-arm backstroke and cool-down swims throughout your workout
- Get "up"; ride higher
- Work on starts
- Eliminate one-handed touches now (we know you cheat… we cheat).
- Lower caloric intake
- Increase focused stretching before bed
- Get more sleep
- Race rehearse races; “image” before sleep
A good time to mentally rehearse that perfect race is just before you drift off to sleep.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Dave Samuelsohn has been swimming and competing in Masters for many years. He also coaches and works out with Jack Geoghegan who continues to win national titles in assorted strokes and distances, seemingly at will.
"Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not."
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
This week’s Speedo Tip of the Week comes from Lindsay Goodson, the corporate marketing manager at USA Swimming. Goodson, who most recently traveled the country fitting swimmers in Speedo suits, offers swimmers some advice on the proper fit of a competitive suit.
Present and former members of Dynoswim's Youth Team always make us proud! Read about Sarah DeAugustino, Ross Denuna, Ali Parks, and Julia D'Angelo, great job!
Please advise if we left anyone out.
Swimmer Tries to Become Oldest Female Olympic Competitor in Her Sport
More than 20 years ago Dara Torres earned a reputation as one of the best swimmers in the world; she won gold at her first Olympics in 1984 and went on to score eight more medals at three more Olympics.
Esther Williams did not win any Olympic medals for swimming or for diving. The year she was to compete (1940) the Olympics were suspended due to WWII.
Esther Williams teammate is Dynoswim's own, Mary Ann Meekins!
...for Victims of September 11.
Swimmer Skip Storch describes breaking the speed record for swimming three laps around Manhattan.
Watch the video at cnn.com.
"The center of human nature is rooted in ten thousand ordinary acts of kindness that define our days."
~Stephen Jay Gould