Friday, October 31, 2014


When my swimming “comeback” started last December, I declared pro right out of the gates.  Since then, what started as a joke has since become kind of a thing.  I landed my first sponsor!  That makes me a legit PRO now, right?

What?!  A 40 year old guy training again after twenty years out of the water just landed a professional endorsement?

...but it's still newsworthy, right?  Come on TYR, you know you wanna sponsor me too.

I have been using a new product called the VO2MAXimizer. It seems to fit right in with my training, as the science behind it shows the potential to work toward the same goal regarding energy metabolism within the muscle.

Monday, June 16, 2014

"How Athletes – and You – Can Get Faster, Better and Stronger"

David Epstein is a great speaker.  All you sports and stats geeks should get a kick out of this talk if you haven't seen it before.  Of course, most of the swim stats he shows are things we have all talked about on deck I'm sure...

Friday, April 25, 2014

Training in a Tech Suit Doesn't Have to Bankrupt You

So the Viking recently decided that tech suits, even just the modern compression jammers, make such a difference in technique that it is worth it to train in tech when practicing race paces.  Crazy right?  Well, it at least could be crazy expensive.

I have had the Blueseventy Nero XII for a few years now and have used the heck out of it.  I have lent it to several swimmers and have raced in it myself and that thing has been beaten up beyond belief.  Amazingly it still has fantastic compression.  The problem is that these modern suits have no stitching.  They call it "welded" seams and they eventually come apart.  I decided before the Pro-Am in December that it was worth trying to repair it.  This video explains what I came up with.

Now I plan to do my own training in a tech suit.  Hopefully I can scrape together some cash to get a new suit to race in.  I really am interested in buying old tech suits if anyone has any they want to get rid of.  I know a lot of swimmers who buy a new one every season.  Let me know if you have any laying around!

Thursday, February 27, 2014

From a Distance: A Coach's Lament

Most coaches aren't lucky enough to stay in one place for their entire career. Check out your favorite coach's bio, and you are likely to find at least a few stops along the way. You grow, you reach new heights, you need to find a better situation. Suffice it to say, I know there are a lot of coaches sitting in the position I find myself in over these past two weeks. Last week's ACC Women's Championship and this week's men's meet are the first one I haven't taken part in since 2009. It's a strange, disorienting experience.

Monday, February 24, 2014

This Meet's Getting Fast!

Around this time of year, as college programs fight for conference supremacy, there's a familiar refrain. It can be heard on pool decks across the country, as coaches chat through warmup. It's on message boards. It's in swimswam articles:

"Boy this meet's getting FAST. It took (time for 16th place in this year's meet) to make it back in the 400 IM!"

Monday, February 17, 2014


A while back, I watched an interview with Steve Jobs on netflix. Released in the buzz of his autobiography and his lionization in death, it was a glimpse into the past and one of the few recorded interviews he ever did. One part of the interview has stuck with me ever since. Jobs brings up the topic of "taste". In this context, "taste" is all about liking the best in any number of things: cars, food, movies and, of course, user friendly electronics. I think about this definition of "taste" when I coach swimming. I think we can all agree as coaches we want to see good quality practice. But what is "quality", in a swim practice? Well, it's a matter of taste.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

"Training is for Kids"-- or, How the Viking Perfected the Old-Man Taper

Yup.  I am a professional athlete now.  I filled out a W9 and everything.  Haha.

I am sure that some of you out there saw that SwimSwam gave me a little love this December for my race at the Chesapeake Pro-Am.  I think it is time for me to tell the story.  (Sorry, Chris and I have both been a little absent lately.  Busy!  Bzzzy Beeezzzz!)  First, I have to say that Chesapeake is my favorite meet ever, not just because the prize money brings in the pro's, but because they run their operation with creativity and precision.  When the hotshots come to OKC, the host club really takes care of them and they plan cool events like visiting a children's hospital, autograph sessions and more.  The meet was huge this year and they had no timeline or operation issues.  An absolute class act.  This is why it surprised me that I was invited to declare myself a "professional athlete."