Getting that perfect Holiday gift for the triathlete swimmer in your life is not easy...that is until today. In this video we provide you with the top stocking suffers that will make any endurance athlete a happy camper during this Holiday season.
Joanna Zeiger is a former professional triathlete, Olympian and Ironman 70.3 World Champion. In other words, she's not only crazy fast but she's spent countless hours in the swimming pool.
In this second video JZ along with her training partner Brandon discuss and demonstrate the Top five Tips for triathletes who want to swim faster. This is part of a new series of videos that JZ, Brandon and EverymanTRI.com are producing called Real Swimming for Triathletes
A few months ago, my niece called me and asked me to help her devise a science fair project. Research is my thing, but I am not very well versed in the nuances of 8th grade assignments. I asked Dr. Google for some ideas, but nothing seemed original or interesting, and if I wasn’t interested, there is no way my 14 year old niece would be interested. Then, in a flash of shear genius (if I don’t pat myself on the back, nobody will) I had an idea. How about formally testing the wetsuit effect? You know, the notion that non-swimmers benefit more from a wetsuit than swimmers.
My niece is a swimmer, so she immediately embraced the proposal. The final plan was to get about 20 masters swimmers of varying abilities and have them swim 200 yards with a wetsuit and without a wetsuit. Her hypothesis was the faster swimmers would have less of a time difference than the less fast swimmers (how PC is that? I didn’t call them “slower” swimmers).
This may indeed be the smoothest freestyle stroke in the world. But why don't you decide by checking out the video above. According to the video description:
"Now this really is efficient (and fast) swimming! Watch Olympian Jono Van Hazel's near perfect stroke just before your next swim and reproduce his smooth movements when you jump in the water: a very powerful way to improve your swimming.
Notice that while Jono has a very long freestyle stroke he doesn't achieve this by gliding (a very common misconception amongst swimmers). Instead he has low drag and fantastic propulsive technique which gives him great distance per stroke."
(March 29) Just got this press release from USAT with good news for those following the drama leading up to the Olympic Triathlon.
SAN DIEGO, Calif.* - Multisport enthusiasts and sports fans nationwide will witness the excitement of world-class triathlon firsthand when Universal Sports televises the second and final qualifier for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Triathlon Team - the ITU World Triathlon San Diego, which will be held May 11-12.
In 1941, a handful of scientists got together to create what is known as the Recommended Daily Allowances (RDA). These were considered to be sufficient to meet the requirements of 97–98% of healthy individuals in every demographic in the United States. But the reality is that active males need more than what the government of 1941 thought was adequate. Hence SIX for MEN, a vitamin supplement pack from SIX Nutrition designed specifically for highly active men.
A great new blog, fifthquarterblog.com, reached out to EverymanTRI and offered to share this fantastic profile and video of American Olympic hopeful Jillian Peterson. The video is from 2008, but the profile updates Peterson's quest to make the London Games.
(March 26) A Reuters reports that Australian Emma Snowsill, the gold medal winner at the 2008 Beijing Olympics may not even make the team this year after she had to withdraw from last weekend's World Cup race in Mooloolaba in Queensland due to a stomach issue.
In a lead up to this year's summer Olympics in London, every race becomes a critical piece of the selection process. Miss too many races or withdraw from the more competitive ones, and a triathlete's chances of making their respective country's Olympic squads grow dimmer.
An oldie but a goodie now that Lance Armstrong is competing in Ironman races.
According to the videos description, "Swim Smooth Head Coach Paul Newsome takes a look at the recently publicised footage of Lance Armstrong swimming in Kona, Hawaii. Paul critiques his stroke, highlights the strengths of how he swims and provides a few pointers to tweak up the stroke a little."
Editor's Note:We recently received an email from Gary Hall Sr...the manager of the Race Club in the Florida Keys. He writes, "My son, Richard, and I continue to put out swimming webisodes and the quality seems to be improving." We agree so we're sharing this swim drill video below.
From the videos description, "One of the fastest men on the planet, George Bovell from Trinidad and Tobago shares some of his favorite drills for improving freestyle. Check out this swimming technique videos and swimming techniques of George Bovell. The Race Club is proud to present this series Powered by Platinum with George who is training for his 4th Olympic games with Coach Mike Bottom at Michigan where he is set to compete the 50 and 100 meter freestyle in London. "
The Spokane Waves Aquatic Team hosted the “Last Minute Mile” swim meet Saturday afternoon at Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington. Four events were held starting with mixed open 400 IM followed by mixed open 500 Free, 1000 Free and 1650 Free. According to 8 year old Emma Thompson’s mother, Jessi, Emma had never swum 500 continuous yards before without stopping. The record for an 8 year old before today was just under 8 minutes.
Emma dove off the blocks with a full head of steam and swam her first 50 yards in 40 seconds. She would finish her first 100 in 1:25. She quickly settled into a rhythm over the next three hundred holding steady at 1:32. Her final 100 was a full 5 seconds faster. Emma utilized a strong kick to finish her last 100 in 1:26.
“I think all that love makes me swim faster.” – Emma said after beating the 500 free record by about 30 seconds.
You may recall that during the seventies marathon swimmer Diana Nyad was the greatest long distance swimmer in the world, and one of the most popular endurance athletes in America.
She swam so much and so fast that she broke numerous records including the 50-year-old mark for circling Manhattan Island.
In case your wondering she swam around the island (7 hrs, 57 min) in 1975.
But perhaps her most famous (if unsuccessful) swim was when she tried twice to swim the 103-miles from Florida to Cuba.
Both times she did not make it and almost died trying to overcome the current, waves and sharks.
Fast Forward to 2011 and 60-year-old Nyad once again tried to swim from Cuba to Florida twice.
And as before she didn't make it as she was stung by jellyfish and overtaken by fatigue. In the video below, "she talks about how to prepare mentally to achieve an extreme dream, and asks: What will YOU do with your wild, precious life?" according to the video's description.
Click play if you want to hear about her adventure and her funny and inspirational advice on making the most of your life.
Have you ever wondered how Michael Phelps spends his typical day? According to the 8-time Beijing Olympic Gold medal winner his typical day is "nothing too exciting". Check it out for yourself by clicking play and watching the video above.