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Friday, July 21, 2017

The Week in Swimming

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2x Olympic medalist and Golden Bears swimmer Kathleen Baker
At the FINA World Championships in Budapest, Katie Ledecky and Adam Peaty may have locks on their signature events, but several races remain wide open. (Swim Swam)

Just before Ryan Lochte's return to competitive swimming (Swimming World), a Brazilian court threw out all charges against him (NPR).

A deaf swimmer is spearheading a movement to start all swimming races with lights instead of sound. (USA Today, with video)

Two recent swimming memoirs have inspired one reviewer to ask if swimming has special appeal for women. (Economist)

Runners, check out these 4 ways that cross-training by swimming can help your runs. (Runner's World)

In Italy, free swimming lessons aim to heal and inspire refugees traumatized by crossing the Mediterranean. (Washington Post)

A Twin Cities bartender is readying a first-of-its-kind swimming tour of all 22 Apostle Islands in Lake Superior (Pioneer Press) while an 87-year-old judge aims to be the oldest person to swim from Alcatraz to San Francisco (Action News, with video).

Check out these images of Philadelphia's long-abandoned indoor swimming pool (Curbed), the 15 most spectacular pools in the world (CNN) and the most architecturally grand pools in Paris (The Spaces).

Could safe swimming in the Seine – past the Eiffle Tower and Notre Dame Cathedral – give Paris the edge over Los Angeles to host the 2024 Olympics? (Reuters)


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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Downstairs & Above-ground: Planning a Basement Pool

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Professor of Jazz Studies and Endless Pool owner Bert in between swims with his two cats
Bert wanted to swim all year round, whenever the mood struck. That's why he installed his Endless Pool® in his previously unfinished basement.

The convenience, privacy, and 24/7 access suit him just fine: something of a Renaissance man, he's active in sports and the arts … and he finds that his Original Endless Pool helps him with both!

Why Not Outdoors?

With a warm climate like South Carolina's, why not install an outdoor pool? "Then I have to worry about debris falling in the pool," notes Bert. "I live in the woods.

"And I can swim 365 indoors," he adds. "It rarely gets cold, but it did snow this winter, and I went swimming!"

Summers aren't always ideal either: "It gets unbearably hot outside" where the mercury can hit 100° F or higher.

The unfinished basement that would soon house an Endless Pools swimming machine
This unfinished basement would soon have tile, rubberized flooring, a moisture-resistant ceiling, and an Endless Pools swimming machine (see below). All components of the modular Endless Pool fit easily through standard doorways and down stairs.

Why the Basement?
Like many unfinished basements, Bert's had "a slab already laid down." That's a smart cost-saving measure; as with garage pools, using a pre-existing concrete floor saves money on site preparation. "It made sense," he says plainly.

He used an approximately 16' x 20' space for his standard model, which has only a 9' x 15' footprint. With the Endless Pool, you only need to access one side of the cabinet, so Bert could save space with a corner installation. He had no need to access the backside.

Plus, "it seemed to make the most sense so there's less siding." Purchasing and installing skirting on just two of the four sides is another smart cost-saving measure!

Bert swimming in the Endless Pools swimming machine in his finished basement
Bert's walkout basement provided the ideal site to swim for health, fun, recovery from baseball pitching, and as a meditative break when composing music. His Endless Pool retreat is always comfortable and accessible, through South Carolina's heat waves to its rare snowfalls.

Finishing the Unfinished Basement
Starting with exposed studs and cement walls, Bert chose tile in clean, neutral tones and "rubber flooring like you find at a gym."

Friday, July 14, 2017

The Week in Swimming

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Cliff diver Orlando Duque competing in the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series
Olympic gold-medalist Anthony Ervin headlined the Maccabiah Games, an international Jewish/Israeli multi-sport event. (Jerusalem Post)

Hungarian gold-medal swimmer Katinka Hosszú discusses her pre-race mental preparation. (CNN, with video)

Inspired by Highlights magazine, USA Swimming released their first-ever Safe Sport Activity Book for kids.

Don't miss this fascinating podcast on swimming pool design, its impact on skateboarding culture, and the curious history of the kidney-shaped pool. (99% Invisible)

Poor swimming skills are one of the five most common weaknesses among Ironman triathletes. (220 Triathlon)

Ultra-marathon swimmer Jaimie Monahan completed her swim from Vermont to Quebec. (Swimming World)

Try these tips to keep your dog swimming safely. (SA Express-News)

"You’ll never regret a swim," says Ruth Fitzmaurice, author of a bestselling memoir about family, health, and swimming in the Irish Sea. (Guardian)

Get inspired by Susan Marens, a 75-year-old open water swimmer who travels internationally to compete. (Virginian-Pilot)

New Yorkers, your kids can take free Learn-to-Swim classes at your state parks.

A Wisconsin heat wave inspired this flashback to when swimming was illegal for fear of "indecent exposure." (WPR)

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Friday, July 7, 2017

The Week in Swimming

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Olympic gold medalist, swimmer Caeleb Dressel
The ascent of Caeleb Dressel is among these three takeaways from USA Swimming Nationals. (NBC Sports)

While Nathan Adrian is being called 'the new face of U.S. men's swimming' (AP) Katie Ledecky has been tagged 'the new face of swimming in the world' (Washington Post).

At least one of the other swimmers in Rio's 'Lochtegate' incident is moving on and heading to the Swimming World Championships in Budapest this month. (USA Today)

Also in Budapest, this 15-year-old swimmer will break the recent drought of very young Team USA swimmers. (Swim Swam)

The oldest swimmer to compete in the Olympics, Dara Torres offers her five tips for aging gracefully (yes, she's still swimming regularly). (TODAY)

A swimmer – and award-winning novelist – lists her top 10 books about swimming. (Guardian)

Following through on her recent calls for a pro swimmers union, Olympic swimmer Katinka Hosszú formed the Global Association of Professional Swimmers. (Reuters) GAPS' inaugural 34 members include four U.S. swimmers.


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Thursday, June 29, 2017

The Week in Swimming

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17-year-old competitive swimmer Reece Whitley
Olympic gold-medalist Katie Ledecky won the prestigious Honda Cup; it's the first time it went to a freshman in 35 years! (NBC Sports) The teen swimming sensation has also struck up a surprising friendship with a former teen swimming star, 73-year-old Chris Olmstead. (NY Times)

What does it mean for the sport to have African-American Reece Whitley declared "the future of swimming"? (Washington Post)

With its two marquee names absent, how does the current state of USA Swimming's Men's Team look? (Swimming World)

Former VP Joe Biden reflected on race relations as a public swimming pool was renamed in his honor (Delaware Online) while Pope Francis spoke in swimming metaphors when he addressed Italy's international Sette Colli swim meet (Crux).

In open water swimming, an 18-year-old from India became the youngest man to complete the Triple Crown (Daily News of OWS) while English Channel swimmer Anne Cleveland is being remembered for her grace and tenacity (Union-Tribune).

Swim England released an in-depth study on "The Health and Wellbeing Benefits of Swimming."



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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Kat Has Some Serious Fun (Part 2 of 2)

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Endless Pools owner Kat T. in the Performance Endless Pool in her garage
In last week's blog post about Endless Pool® owner Kat, she discussed how her Performance model helped her lose 30 pounds, postpone knee-replacement surgery, and reduce pain so she could finally through sleep the night. We didn't mention how much fun she's having while making these quality-of-life strides!

Dancing and Relaxing
"I just dance!" she gushes. "I put music on and just dance in the pool. It's ridiculous. My gosh, I just feel so free.

She installed her Endless Pool for rehabilitation exercises plus a separate hot tub for relaxation; she's since found that the Endless Pool serves both ends. She even hung a television over the pool.

"I could get in the hot tub, but no, I think, 'I can get in the pool and watch a movie.'" It's a ritual she enjoys alone, with her husband, Doug, and when her grandkids are visiting. "I've seen Frozen about 14 times in the pool!"


In Kat's renovated garage, she can do a gentle, rehabilitative breaststroke in her Endless Pool … while simultaneously watching television and 'walking' her dog! As reported in our earlier blog post on Kat, her Endless Pool routine also helped her to lose 30 pounds, postpone critical knee-replacement surgery, and sleep without painful interruptions.

Counting the Conveniences
Having an Endless Pool at home saves her a long commute to and from a highly chlorinated public pool. The at-home convenience, she estimates, "probably saves me an hour and half out of my day."

"The chlorine in a public pool bothers my eyes. The Endless Pool has almost no chlorine," she notes. Because our state-of-the-art water quality system is "so efficient, I don't wear goggles, and I'm fine."

The distance and the chemicals weren't her only concerns. "I don't like being in bathing suits in public," she confides.

On top of all that, she finds, "It's easy to care for." When Kat's Endless Pools Design Representative, Lynne, told her that regular maintenance takes just minutes a week, "I thought, 'Really?' But it does!"
 
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