Lots to report!! On the
The Chicks from NT took Brazil by a storm! Janet with 5
All American Records: 50 Free - 27.14 & 100 Free - 59.62 (That's right boy's
and these results are Long Course), 100 Breast - 1:22.42, 50 Fly - 30.74,
200 IM - 2:34.13 and 2nd in the 3K Open Water - 44.35. Kathy 1st in the 800
Free - 10:33.39 & 3K Open Water - 44.40 (Kathy's hard work over the summer
pays off in spades!). Third in the 50, 100, 200, Back - 38.95, 1:23.40,
2:58.77 respectively. Katie 1st in the 100 & 200 Free - 1:08.98 & 2:37.16,
2nd in the 50 Free - 30.42 & 50 Fly - 33.75 and a very respectable 4th in
the 3 K Open Water - 51.26. Good Swimming Ladies. For a little Brazilian
atmosphere find the hidden link!
I thought you should know if
I ever get back to Toronto I promise I would never ever moan or whinge about
7:30 am saturday morning practice. At the club I joined here by 7:30 practice
has been finished for half an hour. No slipping in the water late either, it
starts and I mean starts at 5:30 sharp. It's a 50m pool, there's nine lanes and
I'm back in lane 5. You have no idea how slow lane 9 is.
4000m is a pretty standard
workout, for my lane, god knows how far the fast people go. The only good thing
is turns are not quite so important, there's a truckload of Tri guys and they
can't do a flip turn either.
They aren't so hot on the
socializing either, it's basically "get in, get going, get out!" no names no
pack drill. Not to much fun (and no slide either)
ps As I was walking along a
chilled seawall early this morning admiring the snowcapped mountains marching to
the distance out toward Vancouver Island I noticed a harbour seal frolicking in
the water a couple of hundred yards out to sea, I thought, how wonderful, it
could only happen here. Then as the "seal" got closer I realized it was some
nutcase doing the butterfly, and I realized I was right, it could only happen
World Top 10 Masters Rankings are out: Janet M: 1st - 100 Fr, 200 Fr,
200 IM, 2nd - 100 IM, 3rd - 50 Fr, 4th - 50 Bk, 50 Br, 200 Bk, 5th - 100
Fly, 7th - 50 Fly, 9th - 100 Br, 100 Bk, 10th - 200 Br. Judy G: 1st - 50 Br,
Derek M: 10th - 50 Bk. Coach Doug: 4th - 200 Br, 8th - 50 Br, 9th - 100 Br.
RELAYS: Mixed 200 Medley Relay 160+: 1st and a new World Record: Derek,
Judy, John, Katie. Women's Medley 160+: 1st - Christina, Judy, Katie,
Genevieve, Women's 200 Free Relay 160+: 2nd - Judy, Genevieve, Christina,
Katie. Women's 200 Medley Relay 120+: 4th - Janet, Jana, M.J, Genevieve.
Men's 200 Medley Relay 160+: 5th - Derek, Coach Doug, John, Chris T. Way to
Swim to some World Class Swims!
swim in Shanghai
I just got back from the Shanghai
Pudong Natatorium. It was an interesting experience that I though I would share
with you - just in case you ever find yourself looking for a place to swim in
Shanghai. Also I have some time to kill before going out this afternoon.
The Pudong Natatorium is a 50m
facility in the "Pudong" side of Shanghai and a short taxi ride from my hotel in
Cost to enter is 25 RMB equivalent to
$4 CDN - not bad by Canadian standards but pretty pricey for China, I guess it
means that it screens out a lot of people, but you wouldn't know it by the
numbers in the pool.
However after I paid my 25RMB she
asked if I had a swimming card - Not an easy question as no one in the facility
spoke english and my Chinese is not that good (understatement). Apparently you
have to have a swimming card (additional 5RMB) to enter - kind of like a
membership with an exception, you need to have your card stamped by the doctor
on site to approve you for swimming. So I go to see the doctor, he listens to
my heart for 10seconds, without getting up from his seat, and then stamps my
card. I'm not sure what exactly the point of that was but maybe it's liability
related - he is not checking for SARS conditions just health for swimming.
After that there is a bit of a maze
the leads downstairs to the second desk where you get your locker key, and if
you haven't filled out your swimming card you can expect to be held up - you
need to fill in your name and your phone number. Of course the form is entirely
in Chinese. After that a nice women zapped me with one of those "thermometer"
guns, I guess to ensure that I don't have SARS?
After that comes a very difficult
choice if you don't know your characters for male and female, fortunately I
followed another patron into the changeroom. I also refreshed my memory on those
very important Chinese characters.
Now the fun begins - the pool is 50M
long 25M wide, no bulkhead, there are 2 lane ropes running across the width of
the pool about 5m from each end separating the pool into 3 sections. The rest
of the pool is open. Lanes are only painted along the length, not the width
which I chose to swim. There is probably 200 people in the pool, which I
understand from one patron who spoke english was not busy. He likes this pool
because it is one of the biggest and never busy.
Everyone is there to swim, except
they swim wherever they want. However after several minutes of study a realized
there were some patterns to the chaos.
I identified 4 different patterns:
1 - both ends between the lane ropes
and the wall were for splashing around, mostly kids and non-swimmers in those 2
sections (One shallow one deep)
2- In the large center section many
people were swimming in a large circle/square along the walls and lane ropes -
always an arms reach from the wall and mostly they swam a version of
breast-stroke, and in a counterclockwise rotation.
3- the largest group of people were
swimming widths - this is the pattern I joined so I could swim roughly 25m
depending on my path and how many "circle" swimmers I had to dodge coming into
the wall. I also tried to hold a straight line but that was highly dependent on
the width swimmers beside me.
4- There was some random swimming on
an angle across the pool - the most dangerous swimmers but fortunately the least
So now try to imagine all these
patterns operating at once and you have, one of the least crowded, biggest pools
and better places to swim in Shanghai.
I shouldn't really have been
surprised because those patterns also describe the
traffic/motorcycle/bicycle/pedestrian interaction at any intersection in China.
I managed a decent workout with only
minor collisions. Most of the patrons were very friendly and overall it was an
enjoyable experience I would recommend.
advance training workouts:
World Record on the NTMSC Waterslide: Trevor W - 5.74