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What a difference 3.3 inches makes

September 1, 2017 | 2017 Season, Science! | Permalink

I’ve made a concerted effort to make better use of my daughter’s school’s pool this year. It is right next to where we’re living, a whole 300 meters away maybe. How can I pass up a SCM pool that close? Especially when the alternative is the weirdly-shaped Russian one that requires three laps to do […]

Back in the saddle

December 16, 2016 | Science!, Swimming Anthropology | Permalink

So the pool was refilled almost immediately and I’m back in the saddle. Yes, the water still turns my ears blue, no stopping that apparently. I’m still using the increasingly-bluer goggles and swim cap (no reason to ruin another MSF cap). But the few of us who regularly swim in the pool had to deal […]

That “5K” in Croatia

August 19, 2015 | 2015 Season, Science! | Permalink

No, not that legitimate 5K. The 5k I did from Sutivan to Supetar on the island of Brac. The one that Google said was only 5K. ┬áThis one:   Yeah, that one. 5.61km. But Mr. Garmin said it was much farther.   Quite different. 8489 yards is 7762 meters. That’s more than 2k beyond what […]

Another relaxing swim

August 2, 2015 | 2015 Season, Science!, Swimming Anthropology | Permalink

Got up this morning at the crack of 10 a.m. and went out for a swim. Yeah, that’s how I roll on vacation. Sleep late, stay up (moderately) late. Drink. You know. Relax. I don’t know what it is about salt water, but besides the buoyancy, I feel like I can breath less often. Bilateral […]

My new Critical Swim Speed

July 3, 2014 | Science! | Permalink

Well, on Wednesday I did my CSS test. First time in a long time. My new CSS is 1:39 per 100 yards. How, you ask dear reader(s), did I come up with that time? Simple really. It just takes some math: CSS (y/sec) = (400 – 200) / (T400 – T200) then 100/CSS = time […]