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June 16, 2017

Continuing my adventures in counting steps, one day this week I strapped on three different devices to compare step counts:

  • My iPhone SE in my pocket

  • An older Fitbit Surge on my left hand

  • My Withings Steel HR on my right arm

... for three different activ...

June 14, 2017

Sometimes it takes a little extra sleuthing to find new pools and a way into them, but the return is always worth the effort.  I like to think of my morning swim with the LA Swim Club's Masters group today as "East Coast meets West Coast by way of London" as the Harvar...

June 14, 2017

Someday, with my incessant quest to enumerate things, I'll go through my pool list and create a parallel list (or at least count) of the different US Masters Swimming teams I have trained with on my aquatic adventures.  Without fail, my training with other teams has in...

June 13, 2017

Part Three - The Bucket List 

I have already recounted the Olympic Pools I swam in, as well as my near misses.  This final post covers all the remaining pools to fill out my Olympic Pool Bucket List.  I better start saving my air miles and seizing the moment when I'm in...

June 11, 2017

I imagine that, when most people think about swimming towns, Mesa, Arizona doesn't automatically rise to the top of mind, but I think you'd be hard-pressed to find a city that has invested more broadly or spectacularly in swimming facilities than Mesa. 

When most cities...

June 10, 2017

When I was doing a bit of research into architect Julia Morgan's pools, I came across this article from the National Trust for Historic Preservation that added a few pools to my wish list.  The only one that seemed potentially in my near-term grasp was the Richmon...

June 10, 2017

As a slow-twitch distance swimmer myself and fan of watching distance events (see this video for

the best 1650 race ever), I was always struck by the oddity of the Olympic swimming event lineup which eliminated the 1500 meter freestyle for women and the 800 meter freest...

June 8, 2017

My pool list has a few fundamental problems when it comes to enumerating the full-range of my globe-swimming adventures: 

  • it only covers pools,

  • I only started tracking these in 2007, and

  • it's focused on where I've done actual workouts

If I relax all...

June 8, 2017

My perfect morning when traveling for business is to wake up around 5/5:30am, down some cold espresso and then head out for a walk to a nearby pool with early lap swimming hours. If I can be about 1-2 miles away, this is a perfect way stroll through otherwise busy city...

June 6, 2017

We're approximately mid-way through the June 1st to 11th "Try Masters Swimming Week." You might think this 11 day week is yet another example that swimmers can't count, but I like to think it's yet more evidence that regular swimming allows you to defy time.  But, don'...

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