Beyond the Goggles: Be a Snorkel Dork

In my second post, I had laid out the bare essentials for your swim bag, but there's a growing and sometimes dizzying array of "swim techonology" that you can stuff in your mesh bag. I can't profess to have tried all of it and I'm certainly biased, but I thought I'd start a (hopefully) recurring series on "SwimTech" with what I like, what I don't like and how I deploy various "toys" (or instruments of torture, depending upon your perspective) in my training. Today, we start with the piece of technology that once was the bane of my existence and now is my trusted piece of swim tech beyond suit, cap and goggles - the Finis Swimmer's Snorkel: My first exposure to the snorkel was when my kids'

Views from the Six

It would have been perfect had I been able, over my recent six day stay in Toronto, to notch up one new pool a day to make this post "Six from the Six," but there was too much fun to be had in this great city to swim every day. When combined with my trip there in October '15 to see my middle daughter who attends The University of Toronto, this trip to see her again along with my oldest daughter who was competing at the Canadian Olympic Swimming Trials at the exceptional Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre ... ... allowed me to add pools #225 to #228 to my list, bringing my Toronto pools total up to 6: # 207 - North Toronto Community Centre # 208 - Toronto Pan Ams Sports Complex - Training Pool # 2

What's in your swim bag?

I often hear runners brag about how easy their sport is relative to swimming - "Just lace up your shoes and head out the door," they say. But, as the great Teddy Roosevelt said, "Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty… I have never in my life envied a human being who led an easy life. I have envied a great many people who led difficult lives and led them well." So, I'll continue to leave the easy streets to the runners of the world and pack my swim bag: Your Swimming Passport - US Masters Swimming is my all-time favorite organization, with tens of thousands of adults committed to the life aquatic and teams dotted all around the country.

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