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Sydney’s Rock Pools

Bronte Beach Pool.jpg

Where the pool meets the surf at Bronte Beach.

~By Raymond Bonner

NEARLY every day for 14 years, Denise Leith, a writer and university lecturer, has risen before dawn and headed to the beach at Newport, a pleasant, residential suburb 19 miles north of downtown Sydney, with fruit stands, pharmacies and small shops along the main road, within the sound and smell of the sea. She walks to the south end of the long beach and after donning her cap and goggles plunges into a 50-meter pool.

Read on at The New York Times

28 Feb 08 @ 7:31 AM  | 0 comments  |  Fun Facts category

We Are the Role Models

Syracuse University Swimming and Diving, Dartmouth University, the City of Palm Coast, the City of Reno: all of these communities have something in common - that is the threat of losing their aquatic facilities, if they haven't already! Thankfully, in Palm Coast, we're doing something about it and you can read about your fellow swimmers in Palm Coast who care at Friends of Swimming.

You should also check out a great article on (US) Masters Swimming and community efforts in the City of Reno:

~By Linda Shoenberger

Recently I spoke at the Reno City Council in favor of a new aquatic center. I was chosen to represent our community’s Masters swimmers.

Other speakers talked on behalf of the following aquatic activities:

Read on at USMS

27 Feb 08 @ 7:04 AM  | 1 comments  |  Dynoswim Palm Coast category

Did you know...?

In 1924, Sybil Bauer became the first woman to break an existing men's record, when she won the 200m backstroke at the Olympic Games.

27 Feb 08 @ 4:57 AM  | 0 comments  |  Fun Facts category

Quote for the Week of February 25, 2008

"Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind."

~Dr. Seuss

25 Feb 08 @ 2:20 AM  | 0 comments  |  Quote for the Week category

Swimming Induced Pulmonary Edema (SIPE)

I've never heard of this condition. As an asthmatic, I can't help but to wonder how many of us out there that may suffer from SIPE, either in addition to or exclusive of chronic (or exercise induced) asthma.

~Written by: Katherine "Kat" Calder-Becker and Charles "Trey" C. Miller, III, Ph.D.

via Slowtwitch.com: [Editor's note: What follows was born of a thread on our reader forum. Information sharing is a good thing, and often helps those with questions locate those with answers. Five real life, first-person stories are told below, interspersed with the best current information on SIPE. Thanks to our two authors, both practicing triathletes, both SIPE-stricken while racing. "Kat" gathered the chronicles. "Trey" explains the condition.]

KAT writes: The first time this happened to me was at the Mooseman half-Ironman race in June 2007. I began experiencing shortness of breath at 750m into the swim. I felt tightness in my chest - almost like an asthma attack, or that my wetsuit was too tight. Then, fluid began to build in my lungs and I developed a slight cough. I ended up doing the 'backstroke' for the last 750m of the swim in order to get to shore. I tried to keep racing and pushed through the complete bike leg, then had to stop at the beginning of the run as I was completely unable to get oxygen and was wheezing. That was 4 hours and 17 minutes into the event. I ended up in an ambulance on oxygen, and was released on site once my breathing improved.

Read on at Slowtwitch.com

Provided by Christine Bange, thanks!20 Feb 08 @ 7:31 PM  | 0 comments  |  Health and Nutrition category

Did you know...?

Don Schollander was the first person to break two minutes in the 200m freestyle in 1963 with a 1:58.4.

20 Feb 08 @ 4:56 AM  | 0 comments  |  Fun Facts category

Quote for the Week of February 18, 2008

"We come to love not by finding a perfect person, but by learning to see an imperfect person perfectly."

~Sam Keen

18 Feb 08 @ 1:58 AM  | 0 comments  |  Quote for the Week category

2008 Binge Swim Training Bender; May 23-June 1, 2008

(Open-water preparation for beginners, intermediate, and advanced swimmers)

Welcome to this year’s Binge Swim Training Bender and we’re happy that you’re considering joining us for ten days of swimming, sun, sand, chlorine, and a few good nights out and about in our little beach community. Please notice that the binge training mostly takes place on the weekend of May 23rd (three days due to Memorial Day) and the following weekend ending on June 1st. There will be two days off (Tuesday, May 27, and Thursday, May 29) and only one practice session on Wednesday and Friday of the same week. We understand that for our local participants and out-of-town visitors that the majority of our training is best completed on the weekends. This will free up time for those of you interested in visiting the local attractions or to attend to commitments away from the pool.

The overall purpose of this swim cycle is fourfold:

  1. Prepare participants for the 2008 open-water season.
  2. Encourage our tri-athletes to take part.
  3. Enable our less experienced swimmers to swim open-water with confidence.
  4. Support one another to achieve our training goals.

This program is designed primarily for entry level and intermediate swimmers. If necessary, we will break the group out into separate parts divided by speed only if we exceed 10 swimmers on our open-water sessions and if at least half of those swimmers have a marked disparity in ability. Due to safety concerns and the style in which we train, we do our best to avoid differentiating between practice groups. (We follow the “All for one, one for all” mantra.)

In other words, this program is open to everyone and we’ll be encouraging anyone who desires to do so, to take part. Traditionally, we expect a relatively small group (six swimmers) at each and every session with many others (for a total of ten) participating in sessions of their choosing.

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

Additionally, this program is open to both Dynoswimmers / WSC members and non-Dynoswimmers. Nominal fees are noted on the following page.

So, if you’re interested, please participate. We guarantee a great return on smiles, a good tan, and a great way to lay the foundation for the 2008 open-water season.

Best Regards,

Dean O.

For registration forms, a detailed day-to-day training schedule, information on where to stay, and requirements for registration, please download and print the following (.pdf) files:

2008 Binge Swim Training Bender.pdf

2008 Binge Training Schedule.pdf

Binge Swim Socials - Lodging.pdf

Feel free to use the contact us link if you have any further questions.

15 Feb 08 @ 6:16 AM  | 4 comments  |  Meets, Open Water, and Other Events | Open Water Swimming category

Did you know...?

The first woman to break the one-minute barrier in the 100y freestyle was Helene Madison of Seattle in 1932.

13 Feb 08 @ 4:56 AM  | 0 comments  |  Fun Facts category

Coach's Corner - Having (or Giving) a Good Time

~By Dave Samuelsohn

Announcement: "Come on people; I know it's late but we can't start the 500 until we have sixteen timers. If you can time, please help us out now."

You're thinking, "I dunno how to use a stopwatch." But your ride is in heat six. So you're thinking "Oh God, kill me now." At least if you knew how to time....

I have been asked to offer a Primer on Timing for all of us - and for all of the friends and family who we bring with us for no apparent reason, to swim meets, the planners of which, unfortunately, have not planned well enough to have arranged for timers in advance. I hate when that happens. So, here goes:

1. Check out the watch:

Most stopwatches used in meets today have two buttons. If you ever get one with more buttons than that - trade with someone. Usually, stopwatches are right handed with the button on the right used to start and stop the watch. The button on the left is used to reset.

2. Use your forefinger, not your thumb:

You'll hear that we're supposed to use our forefinger rather than our thumb because there's some pulse or something in the thumb that's not in the forefinger. If that sounds reasonable to you, great, use your forefinger. If you want a better reason, try it both ways. You'll find your reflexes are better with your forefinger which is good since it has no pulse and must otherwise be dead. At least it's good for something. Practice using your forefinger. I hold a stopwatch in such a way that the middle finger operates the reset button on the left. (This is good too because at least that finger gets to do something.) Practice this too. Good, now you're ready!

3. Check your swimmer:

Okay, you've volunteered because your ride is in heat six and you didn't particularly like the shoes you're wearing anyway. When the swimmer arrives, he'll usually have a little card with his name on it, or you could have a computer list on a clipboard. You should ask, "Are you Bart?" If she says no, she may be in the wrong lane.

4. "Timers"

Just before the race you'll be (should be) reminded to clear the watch. This is your middle finger's big chance.... Good! Good job! See, you can do this.

5 Hold the watch up and relax:

Now the race is about to begin. Hold the watch up, with your forefinger on the right hand side button. And relax. Your reaction to the start is faster if you relax.

6. Watch for the flash, don't listen for it:

Since light travels faster than sound, you'll want to watch for the flash - either from the strobe provided to accompany an electronic start usually positioned to one side of the starter (that's the dude in white) - or from the side of the cylinder of the gun (the flash won't come from the muzzle because it's not a real gun - you know - blanks. The muzzle is just for show) Seriously though, you should be able to start the watch by sighting the flash - before you hear the sound. Practice this too.

7. Keep your head in the game:

Now, pay attention to the race. If it's a short race, you're going to have be ready. And if it's a long race, you're going to have to know when it's over. And it it's a very long race, you may never get to go home.

8. Sight straight down on the finish:

As the finish approaches, you're going to want to lean over the edge of the poolside and sight downward through the plane of the finish line or end of the pool. Now do your best to stop the watch the instant the plane is broken or the wall is touched. (Usually the preferred body part is the hand, but in some backstroke events the body part to first touch the wall may be quite exciting. You won't want to miss this, so remember to lean all the way over.) If the swimmer asks, you can tell him his time. If he doesn't, believe me, he doesn't want to know.

9. Don't Drink:

Last thing: write the time down on the little card and wait for the starter to tell you it's okay to clear your watches. Don't reset until you get the okay, because there may be some deal where they don't know what they're doing and the referee will want to see all the little cards. He's the boss and if you mess this up, you won't get one of those warm, flat cokes in those sticky cups they always bring around.

10. Volunteer. Please.

Okay, now you know how to time; its’ really pretty easy. So instead of sitting around and probably nodding off over the excitement, please volunteer to time. You'll enjoy it more.

Oh, and mention my name; I’ll get you a really good seat.

11 Feb 08 @ 6:47 PM  | 0 comments  |  Meets, Open Water, and Other Events | Technique, Tips, and Drills category

Quote for the Week of February 11, 2008

"I dream of a better tomorrow... where chickens can cross roads and not have their motives questioned.


11 Feb 08 @ 1:56 AM  | 0 comments  |  Quote for the Week category

Hard Core - Exercises to Strengthen Your Abs For Better Performance

A strong core will allow you to keep optimal body alignment for whatever you’re doing (swim, bike or run), and this in turn will reduce your fatigue in the long run.

"If your core is weak, nothing else can be strong"

~By Justin Maguire

Read on at Beginner Triathlete

6 Feb 08 @ 10:58 PM  | 0 comments  |  Triathlon category

Did you know...?

Pianist Yanni was formally a member of the Greek National Swimming Team.

That guy gives me the willys.

6 Feb 08 @ 4:55 AM  | 0 comments  |  Fun Facts category

Quote for the Week of February 4, 2008

"I was standing in the park wondering why frisbees got bigger as they get closer. Then it hit me."


4 Feb 08 @ 1:51 AM  | 0 comments  |  Quote for the Week category

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