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Did you know...?

Nemo 33 is a recreational diving center in Brussels, Belgium that is home to the world's deepest swimming pool. The pool itself consists of a submerged structure with flat platforms at various depth levels. The pool has two large flat-bottomed areas at depth levels of 5m (16 ft) and 10m (32 ft), and a large circular pit descending to a depth of 33m (108 ft). It is filled with 2,500,000 litres of non-chlorinated, highly filtered spring water maintained at 30°C (86°F) and contains several simulated underwater caves at the 10m depth level.

30 Jul 08 @ 5:44 AM  | 0 comments  |  Fun Facts category

Real Thought for Food for Long Workouts

~By Gina Kolata

DR. MARK TARNOPOLSKY, a muscle physiology researcher at McMaster University in Canada and a physician, knows all about the exhortations by supplement makers and many nutritionists on what to eat and when to eat it for optimal performance.

Read at the New York Times

28 Jul 08 @ 5:07 AM  | 0 comments  |  Health and Nutrition category

Quote for the Week of July 28, 2008

“We do not believe in ourselves until someone reveals that deep inside us is valuable, worth listening to, worthy of our trust, sacred to our touch. Once we believe in ourselves we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight or any experience that reveals the human spirit.”

~E. E. Comings (1894-1962), poet, playwright, painter, essayist

28 Jul 08 @ 1:19 AM  | 0 comments  |  Quote for the Week category

Please say it isn't so...

US swimmer Hardy fails doping test: reports

Jessica Hardy, an American who qualified to swim the 50-metres freestyle and 100 breaststroke at the Beijing Olympics, has tested positive for a banned substance, Swimming World magazine reported.

read on at ABC News (Australia)

Provided by Judi Rich, thanks!

25 Jul 08 @ 1:35 AM  | 0 comments  |  Elite Level Competition category

Scenes from Olympic Swim Trials in Omaha

Just watch...

24 Jul 08 @ 4:36 AM  | 1 comments  |  Elite Level Competition category

Did you know...?

The Greeks and Romans built ancient swimming pools, who used them for athletic training, nautical games and military exercises.

23 Jul 08 @ 4:39 AM  | 0 comments  |  Fun Facts category

A Cure for Speed?

~By Nate McBride

While we are on the topic of unpopular things to do, (see my last post on butterfly), I have been doing a lot of thinking about kicking in the last few months. I have always been as much as an avid fan of kicking as my swimmers have been unhappy with doing it. With previous clubs I have worked at, I tried to incorporate it into the program but found that there are two kinds of resistance: those that are not good at it and so refuse to do it and therefore do not get better at it, and those who don't like to do it because it cuts into their yardage total. The ones who did want to do it knowing it would make them better, did not get it enough.

I think it is a dilemma many coaches face. Similar to balancing the needs of swimmers who require different stroke training, balancing the needs of drill vs, work vs. kick can be a daunting task, especially at the Masters level. I have read a significant number of articles in recent years about coaches who use words like "squeeze in" and "plan carefully" when it comes to talking about kick sets in relation to the season. It is clear that time and time again, kick proves to be the deciding factor in races. Grant Hackett set another world record this past week but I would wager his famous 8 beat kick was there. No one has been trying to emulate Janet Evans' windmill stroke for her world record swims, but it was her kick that made those records stick for so long. Anyone pay attention to Weber-Gale at Trials? I tried to count but I think it was almost a 12 beat kick! And so on and so on.

In March, the NY Times had an article on Ryan Lochte - find it here - Lochte, the other American household name for Men's swimming, spoke out about the importance of kicking. Coach Chris Davis, from Swim Atlanta, gave an awesome talk at the 2007 ASCA World Clinic in which he discussed the training methods of Amanda Weir. Specifically he discussed how critical it was to develop Amanda's kick and how much time they spent on developing her kick. One thing he mentioned was shoe training which is something my swimmer's have been doing for years. For some it is twice a year for a few weeks and for others it is much longer (we have 5 swimmers now who are in the final week of a 6 week shoe period - they wear shoes every day for full workout). Swimming with shoes makes such a dramatic difference in kicking right away. That along with an average of 40% pure kicking each week, and we are seeing PR's smashed left and right. There are so many other articles in the last few years - all with the same underlying message - kicking works.

Kicking properly is important and we teach the "subtlety" of kicking at my club. The primary rule of kicking: Legs should never look as dramatic as the feet. That image helps the swimmers tremendously. I also give them another of my favorite images which is imagining your foot is hanging on to your leg by one single tendon. That is how floppy and loose you want it to be. Coaches - find creative ways to get more kick in, Swimmers - demand more kick and if you don't get it from your program, take 10 minutes at the end of each workout to do 5 x 100 kick on 2:00 or something similar. Every little bit WILL help.

Here is a recent set we did (with shoes) - Workout ID: 1266

Note: Nate McBride had been a competitive swimmer for over 29 years and has been coaching for 16. He is currently the Head Coach of West Side Swim Club in Sudbury, Massachusetts.

22 Jul 08 @ 4:19 AM  | 6 comments  |  Featured Workouts | Technique, Tips, and Drills category

Quote for the Week of July 21, 2008

“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, 'I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.' You must do the thing you think you cannot do.”

~Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962), U.S. First Lady, diplomat, human rights activist

21 Jul 08 @ 1:17 AM  | 0 comments  |  Quote for the Week category

Did you know...

The history of pools begins at the "great bath" constructed at the site of Mohenjo-Daro. It was most likely dug during the third millennium B.C. The pool, 12 meters by 7 meters, is lined with bricks and during its time the pool was covered with a tar-based sealant.

16 Jul 08 @ 3:29 AM  | 0 comments  |  Fun Facts category

I don't WANT to be an Olympian!

~By Glenn Mills

The other day, a coaching friend was telling me about a comment a swimmer had made. In trying to get a point across to an athlete, the coach related a story she had read about one of our current Olympic swimmers. The swimmer's response was, "But I don't WANT to be an Olympian."

Read on at GoSwim

15 Jul 08 @ 1:07 AM  | 0 comments  |  Elite Level Competition | Health and Nutrition category

Quote for the Week of July 14, 2008

"Most people never run far enough on their first wind to find out they've got a second. Give your dreams all you've got and you'll be amazed at the energy that comes out of you."

~William James (1842-1910), psychologist, philosopher, author

14 Jul 08 @ 1:57 AM  | 0 comments  |  Quote for the Week category

Swim Across the Sound

Dear Dynoswimmers,

This year, I'll be participating in the Swim Across the Sound as part of a relay team to raise funds for St. Vincents Foundation. Our goal as a relay is to raise over $20,000! I am personally trying to raise $2,500 by July 15 and then I hope to make a final push to get our relay to that $20,000 level.

I do hope that you'll find our mission to swim from Port Jefferson on Long Island to Bridgeport, CT on August 2, 2008 a worthy effort to bring attention to this important cause. Below you'll find a link to my personal webpage dedicated to tracking my progress.

Please donate; and please know how much it's needed and appreciated.

Click the link:

Dean's Swim Across the Sound Home Page

Sincerely,

Dean Osterloh

11 Jul 08 @ 6:59 AM  | 0 comments  |  Meets, Open Water, and Other Events | Open Water Swimming category

Did you know...?

An estimated 65 thousand people in the United States alone do not know how to swim.

9 Jul 08 @ 4:00 AM  | 0 comments  |  Fun Facts category

What's Wrong with Butterfly?

Note: Nate McBride had been a competitive swimmer for over 29 years and has been coaching for 16. He is currently the Head Coach of West Side Swim Club in Sudbury, Massachusetts.

~By Nate McBride

Rowdy Gaines put it very well the other night when he was talking about the women's 200 fly being America's weakest event. Not that Elaine Breeden or Kathleen Hersey were slow, on the contrary they had great swims. It's just that when they panned over to Mary Meagher, whose 200 fly record stood for 27 years up until this past April, and whose time was set without the aid of special suits or caps, its a stark contrast to the domination we have in so many other events. Why?

The answer is not so difficult. I have coached hundreds of Masters swimmers and in those years and among those swimmers, I have seen maybe a total of 5 200-flyers come through the ranks. I am talking actual 200-flyers, the kind who trained for and competed in the 200 fly in their previous lives. This could be for many reasons...burnout, destroyed shoulders, never wanting to do another stroke of fly again...but it also stands to reason it could be because of the view towards fly. Take for example a swimmer I once had who had a basic understanding of freestyle and no concept of any other stroke. She wanted to lose weight and was swimming to maybe compete some day in the future. It's worth noting she was 46 years old when she came to me. So I taught her how to swim fly and she loved it, and still does. She came in with absolutely no preconceptions and was like a wet sponge when it came to learning. Before long she was able to do 400, 600 and even 800 meters of fly straight with little difficulty and do it well. For a 46 year old she now is able to do a 200 fly, in SCY, in 3:06 which is faster than many of my swimmers half her age.

The flipside to this story...every other swimmer who has been swimming since they could walk and are self-proclaimed haters of fly because it is so hard and makes them so tired. There was a time in the mid to late 90's when I wasn't so much fly-averse as I was gearing my workouts more towards the other strokes...perhaps from some built-in preconceptions of my own. I was afraid my swimmers would hate me if I gave them a 200 fly so I would squeeze some short fly in every now and then when they weren't paying attention. Then, early in the new millennium, I started incorporating a significantly greater amount of fly into my workouts and those swimmers who didn't moan and whine at the wall, started getting it. I had all of my swimmers, regardless of what they were training for, do fly regularly. Now, it is simply a matter of course if a large amount of fly shows up in workouts one week, as normal as an emphasis on pull or backstroke. I still think many coaches are afraid of giving more than a couple 25's of fly in a week and if they do give more, typically buried in an IM set. (You could apply this whole paragraph to kicking but that story is for another day.)

So I call on all of you coaches...More fly...and if they can not do fly because of a shoulder issue, fly kick. Distance freestylers down to sprinters...they all benefit. And if their fly is miserable, take a stand and correct it. Drill away! Having swimmers who are competent in all four strokes opens up doors of training possibilities that you never had before.

Post Script:

Here is a link to a fly workout - during the month of August 2006. I had a swimmer who was training for the 400 IM. She promised me that she would quit partying and all of her other shenanigans if I would agree to train her. I told her that if she completed 50,000 meters of fly during that month (with me on deck) she'd then be allowed to swim in my group. She actually completed 66k! This was one of her SCY workouts:

2006 Fly Workout

7 Jul 08 @ 8:53 PM  | 4 comments  |  Featured Workouts category

Quote for the Week of July 7, 2008

"Never discourage anyone... who continually makes progress, no matter how slow."

~Plato

7 Jul 08 @ 2:00 AM  | 0 comments  |  Quote for the Week category

Friends of Swimming

Once again, Friends of Swimming and Dynoswim have been highlighted in the combined effort to build a competition level aquatic facility in Palm Coast. Take a look at the attached magazine article by Barb Kelly which was printed in this month's issue of Flagler Magazine

Click Here to Read the Flagler Magazine Article

2 Jul 08 @ 6:11 AM  | 0 comments  |  Dynoswim Palm Coast category

Did you know...?

An olympic pool that is 25 meters wide with a minimum depth of 2.0 meters at all parts of the course and is 50 meters in length would hold approximately 2,500,000 liters (over 660,430 gallons).

2 Jul 08 @ 5:47 AM  | 0 comments  |  Fun Facts category

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