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Showing posts with label ironman world championship. Show all posts
Showing posts with label ironman world championship. Show all posts

Friday, October 13, 2017

Why Lionel Sanders Will Exit Kailua Bay Faster than Ever

Professional triathlete and Ironman, Lionel Sanders
Lionel Sanders is about to be put to the test. Tomorrow, the 29-year-old professional triathlete will compete at the IRONMAN World Championships in Kona, Hawaii. Despite seeing himself as "a weak swimmer," he just upped his game: he's been training in his own High Performance Endless Pool® for two months, and already he's seen measurable results!

Bad Timing
"My first triathlon back in 2010, I was almost last place out of the water," Sanders recalls. His swim training was hampered by the mid-day or late-night hours at his nearest public pool.

"I'd rather swim first thing in the morning. I was swimming after both my bike and run. No wonder I wasn’t improving – I was always swimming tired! As a weak swimmer, you need to be firing at full potential.

"Most of my swimming is now done in this Endless Pool." Besides his early-morning ritual, "you need to swim when inspired. I can get in the pool immediately upon being inspired and can swim an extra 4 kilometers."

"I'm just a completely different athlete both physically and mentally," he says confidently. "I'm looking to have a much improved race."

Correcting the Crossover
Unlike training with his bike and run, "I hadn't been able to see myself swimming." That changed when he took an Endless Pools test-swim this spring.

By swimming in place, you can watch your stroke in the Endless Pools underwater swim mirrors. "I looked at myself in the mirror and said, 'Yup. One hundred percent!'"

Real-time stroke analysis in the Endless Pool has allowed him to make daily improvements to his swim technique. "I'd been crossing the centerline. That was the first thing I needed to correct.

"I crossed over both left and right at entry. So I didn't have a stable core, so my hips went the opposite way. To counteract, I'd do a scissor kick," This technique flaw created "a massive amount of drag. Look at any great swimmer: no one does that!"

Thanks to the Endless Pool he installed in August, "I've been able to correct that. There's no crossover. Really, my swim improvement started two months ago.

"I've got so many things to improve upon now that I know what I’m doing. Every single day I do a technical session, I can see clearly if I'm improving."

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Out of the Water Faster
Just weeks after beginning his Endless Pools training, Sanders returned to the ITU Long Distance World Championship. As in 2016, he was up against the dominant Australian triathlete, Josh Amburger.

Amburger is a particularly strong swimmer, and Sanders is used to trailing him out of the water. This year, Sanders happily reports, "I had my least deficit ever to him by a significant amount. And I swam completely solo."

After a solid bike and an outstanding run, Sanders landed at the top of the podium; Amburger took silver.

Now in Kona, Sanders feels optimistic following a preliminary practice swim. Using the UK triathlete Harry Wiltshire as a metric, "I was 8:41 down" out of the water in the 2016 Finals. "This year, [at practice] I was less than 4 minutes down to the same guy.

Friday, March 10, 2017

The Week in Swimming

Muslim swimmer in full-body swimsuit
In England, full body swimsuits are now allowed in competitions for religious purposes. (ASA)

A new documentary, Swim Team, explores the positive impact of swimming on teens with autism. (NY Post)

The NCAA announced the names of the male swimmers competing in their Division 1 Swimming Championships. The D1 women swimmers were announced last week.

Try the speed- and stamina-building training session that IRONMAN World Champ Daniela Ryf uses for the swim (and for the bike and run too). (220 Triathlon)

A Florida zoo has been ordered to stop letting tourists swim with tigers. (Tampa Bay Times, with video)

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Friday, October 14, 2016

The Week in Swimming

Actress, activist, and marathon swimmer Bo Derek (right)
Her beach jogging made Bo Derek instantly iconic in 1979; now, the 59-year-old actress/activist has completed a 3,000m marathon swim in Greece. (People)

The IRONMAN World Championship in Kailua-Kona wrapped with an all-German men’s podium and a course record from Daniela Ryf.

After a 56-hour, 82-mile swim, a Colorado woman has qualified for an open-water record. (AP)

Radical changes may be underway in the oversight of Olympic drug testing, at least is USA Swimming has a say. (Swimming World)

Get inspired by the high school swimmers who are in the pool after beating stage-4 brain cancer (Arizona Republic) and stage-4 leukemia (OC Register).

At age 72, Harvey Burgett is New York’s only male competitive synchronized swimmer. (Crain’s)

A new swimming record has been set … by an elephant seal. (CBS News)

Former collegiate swimmer Annie Chandler Grevers, now married to Olympic medalist Matt Grevers, answers 5 questions about swimming while pregnant. (Swimming World)

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Racing Kona After 50

age-group triathletes use the Endless Pool at the 2015 IRONMAN World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
The IRONMAN™ World Championship takes place this Saturday in Kailua-Kona. Known as a grueling 140.6-mile course, the event still draws its fair share of older triathletes who inspire us with their stamina, grace, and commitment.

Rob Ladewig has owned an Original Endless Pool since 2005. Last year marked his 30th IRONMAN and his eighth time at Kona, where he’d finish 31st in his division. Still racing in his late 60s, his motto is, “If you can’t beat ‘em, outlive ‘em.”

Carol Blattspieler was racing her 5th IRONMAN and her second at Kona, where she finished 20th in her division.  An orthopedic nurse practitioner, she first came to the Endless Pool through her practice, referring clients to it for physical therapy, before using it personally for “instant feedback” on her swim stroke.

Many professional triathletes, including Luke McKenzie and Andrew Starykowicz, use their Endless Pools for stroke and endurance training. And these age-groupers also find our swim-in-place technology useful for its amazing simulation of open-water conditions!

We wish the very best to all of this year’s IRONMAN athletes as they take on the heat, humidity, and 140.6 miles of the toughest course in triathlon!

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Making Miracles Happen at Kona

Blind IRONMAN triathlete Steve Walker and his guide, pro triathlete Chris Foster
Great sports stories are about overcoming adversity. While the 140.6-mile trek of an IRONMAN triathlon seems sufficiently adverse on its own, Steve Walker and Derek Fitzgerald overcame so much more to finish the grueling course at Kona.

The Marine
Steve Walker was a U.S. Marine when his vision began to fail. His rare ailment, retinitis pigmentosa, has progressed to the point where he’s almost completely blind.

After accepting that he was un-deployable, Steve recalled watching IRONMAN triathlons on television as a kid. He decided that, even with his eyesight failing, he would dedicate himself to the sport.

In the summer of 2013, he completed his first triathlon, a sprint. The 2015 IRONMAN World Championship was his tenth.

Endless Pools® is proud to sponsor Steve, who now trains with the Endless Pools Fastlane swim current generator in his backyard pool. You can hear him relate his inspiring story in this video.

Like many pro and age-group triathletes, Steve praises his Endless Pool swimming machine for its accurate recreation of open-water conditions. “The last thing that I did the night before leaving Los Angeles was take one more swim in the [Fastlane], and once we got out here into [Kailua] bay, it felt like the same thing, just a little more salty.”

The Survivor
Derek Fitzgerald survived Non-Hodgkin lymphoma. But the chemo that kept him alive damaged his heart. After his heart transplant, he felt the need to “pay it forward.”

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Tom Ward: Triathlon Coach on a Mission

the logo for Passion Fit, Tom Ward's triathlon coaching studio
When Tom Ward abandoned his 17-year banking career to found Passion Fit as a full-time triathlon coach, he wanted to do at least three things differently than he’d experienced them. He wanted a welcoming culture; he wanted an Endless Pool®; and most personally, he wanted to empower survivors of domestic abuse.

Discovering Triathlon
“In 2011, I signed up for my first ever triathlon: IRONMAN Lanzarote,” Tom recalls. Then 34, he’d just retired from 20 years of competitive field hockey and felt pressured into it by his father-in-law. “I never intended to follow it beyond that one race. It was just a challenge.

“I enjoyed it much more than expected. That feeling of crossing the finish line – it’s hard to explain. I signed up for the UK’s 70.3 just three weeks later.”

He progressed in the sport relatively quickly. “In September 2014,” he notes, “I finished IRONMAN Wales and qualified for Kona,” a bit ahead of the four-year plan he’d set for himself.

Triathlon coach Tom Ward and the Performance Endless Pool at his Passion Fit studio.
Tom Ward has good reason to look proud. In the five years since he discovered triathlon, he's finished the IRONMAN World Championship at Kona and made a mid-career shift to found Passion Fit, his own coaching studio with a Performance Endless Pool. Team Passion Fit is "centered around attitude and culture, not ability." He specifically welcomes domestic abuse survivors who need "the self-esteem that endurance sports give you."

Changing Course
Tom had already achieved professional success as a senior bank manager, but he found it decreasingly fulfilling. “I always wanted a career in athletics,” and he realized that triathlon coaching paired well with his other passion: helping domestic abuse survivors.

“My mom was badly abused,” he notes matter-of-factly. “We experienced quite a lot. My mother and I decided we would be support for women in abusive relationships.”

The concept became his coaching studio, Passion Fit. But it meant abandoning what had been a lucrative career. “Much to my wife’s frustration, it took me about 48 hours to decide. I literally decided to walk away in two days.”
Transformation at Kona
“For an amateur athlete, it’s as close as you can get to going to the Olympics,” enthuses Tom about the IRONMAN World Championship in Kona. He calls it both “a bit of a circus” and “the most incredible experience.”

“I first swam in the Endless Pool in Kona” at the triathlon’s expo. “It completely convinced me that this was the way forward” for Passion Fit.
“First, the visual feedback is hugely important,” he reports of the pool’s underwater mirrors and cameras. “I find it difficult through verbal coaching to improve my own swimming. In that one swim, I was able to make some fundamental adjustments.”

He’s since found similar success with his own Performance Endless Pool for his clients and the triathletes on Team Passion Fit. “In one session, I can progress a client what would take four sessions in a normal pool.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Andrew Starykowicz: How Endless Pools Skills Translate to Open Water

professional triathlete Andrew Starykowicz
Last week, professional triathlete Andrew Starykowicz (STARK-o-witz) recounted how he used his Performance Endless Pool® to quicken his recovery from 2015 bone-spur surgery. Andrew came back to win the 2016 IRONMAN 70.3 New Orleans. Today, he discusses other benefits to his triathlon training in his basement Endless Pool and how it helps him in open water.

Going into the 2016 season, I found myself preferring the Endless Pool to the lap pool for many reasons. 

The first is the convenience; I could take the baby monitor and get a swim in after my wife leaves for work and before my daughter wakes up. 

The second is that it was something new to swim in a pool without flip turns.  The difference between a traditional pool and an insane asylum is the pools walls are not padded; the hours of going back and forth made it hard for me to get motivated to swim.

The third is that I could do pace-based training in the water. So many athletes love their treadmills or cycle trainers because they can set a pace and then execute their work out perfectly. I adapted this technique and mentality to the pool. The Endless Pool allowed me to lock in and focus on how to maintain a pace with minimal energy exerted.  This became my challenge in every workout: how little can I work to hit goal paces.  I had literally stopped trying to swim fast and just make fast paces easier.

Professional triathlete Andrew Starykowicz on an open-water swim
"The difference between a traditional pool and an insane asylum is the pools walls are not padded," quips professional triathlete Andrew Starykowicz. Clearly a fan of open water swimming, he prefers training in his Performance Endless Pool  for its lack of flip turns, as well as for its convenience and the ability to do pace-based training. He trained solely in the Endless Pool before completing the 2016 IRONMAN Puerto Rico 70.3 swim in a stellar 24:25.

Going into the first event for 2016, I was quite nervous because I had not been in an actual pool yet; training had consisted exclusively of swimming in the Endless Pool, so IRONMAN 70.3 Puerto Rico would be the test.  The field had a few of the fastest swimmers in the sport, and I knew that if anything other than my “A” game would leave me out of contention.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Andrew Starykowicz: From the Top to the Bottom and Back

professional triathlete Andrew Starykowicz
Professional triathlete Andrew Starykowicz (pronounced STARK-o-witz) has had quite a journey! In the first installment of his two-part post, he details his recovery from hip surgery – part of which was performed in the Performance Endless Pool® in his basement.

Every athlete gets injured – heck, everybody gets injured – and it is then we learn how important our health is.  When you go from being able to swim 10,000 yards, bike 200 miles, and run 20 miles one weekend to not being able to get up and get a beer out of the fridge the next weekend, it is at that point that therapy devices become an integral part of life.

This is where my journey with Endless Pools® began.  In the midst of training for absolute dominance at the 2014 IRONMAN World Championship in Kona, I was struggling with injuries. When I was healthy for any period of time, I was winning races. Come the end of the season, I had to withdraw midrace at Kona. 

Getting the Bad News
It was a month after the season, when physical therapy was not improving my condition, that I learned that I had a bone spur on the head of my femur that was making Swiss cheese out of the laburum in my hip. This required a hip arthroscopy with Dr. Nho of Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush. It was the start of a long journey back.

I then realized that I would need to utilize tools that I had not used before to get healthy and stay healthy. In addition to my recovery, my wife and I were having a baby, so time was coming at a premium. 

Immediately after surgery, I learned that this surgery’s comeback would be a lot longer than I had originally thought. No pushing off the walls swimming, kicking while swimming, running, any of that for 4 months. The doctors knew from therapy that I would push the envelope on whatever they said I could do, so they kept the lid on it. During this time I was able to get in the Endless Pool and get in pull-sets to maintain some fitness.

Professional triathlete Andrew Starykowicz at T1, IRONMAN Texas, May 14, 2016
At this May's IRONMAN Texas, professional triathlete Andrew Starykowicz started strong with a 48:51 swim. Just 18 months earlier, he'd had hip surgery that left him unable to train on dry land. He now credits the Performance Endless Pool in his basement with helping him get back on track quickly enough to earn praise (and shock) from his doctors.

Active Recovery
At the four-month mark, the lid was opened a bit. I was able to resume normal swimming (still no pushing off the walls) and assisted running. In most situations this meant running with an Alter-G, but with access to the Endless Pools Underwater Treadmill, I started walking and eventually running a lot sooner without bearing my full weight.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Video: Pete Jacobs at Kona

2012 IRONMAN World Champion Pete Jacobs
“I don’t swim in squads; I swim on my own,” notes professional triathlete Pete Jacobs. “I’ve got a pool at home, it’s got a Fastlane® in it. It’s such an advantage for me.”

In 2012, Pete won the IRONMAN World Championship. He sat out the race in 2015 due to injuries, but he still came to Kona in support of the triathlon community.

While on the island, he stopped by the Endless Pools® booth near Kailua Bay, swim start, where we shot this video.

In just under two minutes, Pete discusses his swimming training and what he’s learned in his decade-plus triathlon career.

Pete trains at home in his own Endless Pools Fastlane, our swim-current generator that easily installs in traditional pools.

“It’s just such an advantage for me because I like training at home,” he notes; and with three disciplines to train for, being able to swim at home – no commute, no flip turns – is a huge time-saver!

“I’ve got 15 minutes free?” Pete asks. “I can just jump in, loosen up and get a really good feeling out of swimming. It’s like being a kid again!”

Monday, March 7, 2016

Letter from Germany: Swim to Infinity and Beyond with Endless Pools

The triathlete and blogger known as Eiswuerfel Im Schuh, in an Endless Pool, Kona 2015
‘Din,’ as she’s known in the blogosphere, is the creator of the Eiswuerfel Im Schuh blog (That’s German for “Icecubes in Shoes.”) Along with her sports photographer, she’s always on the lookout for the next challenge and new images. While at the IRONMAN® World Championship presented by GoPro, she took up the challenge of test-swimming in the Endless Pools® swimming machines located near Kailua Pier. Here’s her report, in translation.

As a true July girl and Cancer woman, if there’s water nearby, I’m there with my swimming gear. This was no different during my Hawaiian adventure last year. From the moment I arrived in this idyllic little town, the Aquatic Center in Kona was luring me. An additional blog post about my training sessions is already in progress – more on that later. My meeting with the awesome team from Endless Pools® was much more exciting.

Nothing can beat the experience of training in the open water – especially not when the ocean is right at your doorstep. Nevertheless, I couldn’t miss the chance to accept the team’s invitation to go for a test swim in their counter-current pool.

Now, I won’t be able to have this object of desire in my cellar or garden any time soon, but I have to tell you how incredibly fun it was. … It’s also a super-practical and unquestionably effective training tool. At about four by two meters, it’s compact, but if the current’s pace gets too quick for you, you can easily stand up in it. The back wall is close, so you’re more likely to end up against that before you’d sink.

The German triathlete/blogger Din with Endless Pools founder James Murdock at the IRONMAN World Championship Expo, Kona, 2015
Triathlete and blogger Din takes her inaugural swim against the Endless Pools swim current at the IRONMAN World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, in October 2015. Her takeaway: the Endless Pool is "an effective way to train for everyone" with a "really high fun factor." At the helm, the swimming machine's inventor, James Murdock, set the pace.

We start by reviewing the most important facts, and yes, some people have pools like this in their cellar. I can’t get over my amazement.

Friday, October 16, 2015

PHOTOS: Highlights of our Time in Kona

Steve Walker and Chris Foster at the 2015 IRONMAN World Championship
Team Endless Pools® returned this week from the IRONMAN® World Championship presented by GoPro in Kona, Hawaii. These photos (and one video) capture some of their most memorable moments.

We're particularly proud to have sponsored Steve Walker (left). A family man and a Marine veteran, Steve is also blind and completed the 140.6-mile swim/bike/run with his friend, professional triathlete Chris Foster, as his guide.

"Going blind isn't easy, but what's harder is figuring out how to redefine your purpose," Steve wrote on his blog. "For me, my new purpose was getting comfortable being uncomfortable.  A great way to be uncomfortable is to plan on finishing a race that lasts 140.6 miles." (You can see our video of his stirring finish after the jump).

Our twin pools, set up near Kailua Pier, had as many as 100 test-swimmers a day! Among them was Chris Montrose, who's photo from his run on our underwater treadmill was featured in our previous Kona post; he came in first in his age group, kicking off his race with a solid 58:50 swim time! Stellar job, Chris. We were also honored to be joined by pros Pete Jacobs, Luke McKenzie, and Beth Gerdes, as well as by 32-time Kona finisher Ken Glah.

Our congratulations to all the athletes who competed. Also, our heartfelt thanks to the volunteers, to the swimmers who gave our Endless Pools a test-swim, and to Factory Trained Installer Jim Guzzo and the team from JC Pools Hawaii for his invaluable assistance during set up.

We look forward to seeing you all next year in Kona!

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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

IRONMAN Athletes in Kona Say...

Triathlon's biggest event -- the IRONMAN® World Championship presented by GoPro -- is set for this weekend, and world-class athletes are already in Kailua-Kona training for the big day. Endless Pools® has been offering test-swims in our two pools (with underwater treadmills) just steps from the race's swim start, Kailua Pier. Here's what some of those swimmers have been sharing.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

3 Questions for Pete Jacobs, 2012 Ironman World Champ

2012 IRONMAN World Champion Pete Jacobs
In 2012, triathlete Pete Jacobs made his dream come true. After nine years as a pro, he was crowned IRONMAN® World Champion in Kona. Not content to rest on his laurels, this fall he installed an Endless Pools Fastlane® for at-home swim training. 

At next month’s IRONMAN World Championship presented by GoPro, Pete will host a meet-and-greet at the Endless Pool booth by Kailua Pier on Thursday, October 8, at 11:00 am (follow us on Twitter for updates). In advance of the Kona festivities, we asked Pete three questions about his newest training tool.

1. Why Pete Chose the Fastlane by Endless Pools
“My first swim against an Endless Pool current was many years ago at a triathlon expo. It was a tough workout, realistic to normal swim stroke, and being able to be watched or watch others swim on the spot is a huge benefit.

“Jaimie [Pete’s wife, an age-grouper] and I decided to put a pool in at our house in a very small area surrounded by a deck and our house on 3 sides. We wanted an in-ground pool, 3m x 6m, which obviously is not large enough to swim laps in, so I was excited by the prospect of swimming on the spot, any time of day or night without having to travel to a pool.

“I looked at other options, but nothing came close to the power and feel of the Fastlane. Also, dealing with a company that has been so involved with triathlon for so long is a nice bonus of confidence and service.”

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2. How Pete Trains in his Fastlane
“It took a few different approaches to get to know more about the Fastlane. At first I tested out the power of it, swimming against it at full speed, resting to the back wall, then sprinting up to it again. I then tried longer sustained swimming at a medium pace.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Luke McKenzie: “Thanks, Endless Pools, for helping me get back on track!”

The IRONMAN World Championship in Kona is just around the corner, and Endless Pools® will be on hand to offer free, no-commitment test swims near Kailua Pier from October 2-10. In anticipation of the event, we asked professional triathlete Luke McKenzie to discuss how he reinvigorated his swim to win one of only 50 coveted spots at Kona this year.

“In 2014, I struggled a lot with my swimming. My technique had fallen apart, my fitness wasn't at the level I wanted, and my motivation to work harder in the water just wasn't there. It really hurt not only my swimming but my overall fitness and race dynamics. Having to spend more energy earlier in the race rather than conserve it was affecting my results.

“I was lucky enough to become involved with Endless Pools at the end of 2014, right when I knew it was time to fix my swimming once and for all. The extra time I got to swim each week in the Endless Pool definitely helped me back to form.

Professional triathlete Luke McKenzie trains in his Elite Endless Pool.
Besides being “a very good tool for stroke analysis,” this backyard Elite Endless Pool lets professional triathlete Luke McKenzie train for the all-important T1. Public pools aren’t designed for this, but Luke appreciates that “now we have the ability to jump straight on our bikes.”

I initially used the pool to work on technical aspects of my stroke. Later on, I progressed to using it for workouts and recovery swims. The workouts in the Endless Pool were also a great replacement for open water swims; the Endless Pool gives you that open water feeling. Having the convenience of doing it in my own backyard really helped.

“This June, I competed at Ironman Cairns, and it was crucial that I had a good swim to set myself up to win and confirm my ticket to Kona. I was happy to exit the water in 47 minutes, a lot faster than the 50+ minute times I had been posting in 2014. It set me up to utilize my strength on the bike to gain an unassailable lead going into the marathon. I went on to win my second Ironman Cairns title and punch my ticket to Hawaii for the 10th consecutive year.

“So thanks, Endless Pools, for helping me get back on track!”

“In 2014, I struggled a lot with my swimming,” observes Luke McKenzie. To win the 2015 IRONMAN Cairns, he credits his Endless Pool stroke training for shaving critical minutes off his swim; as he sees it, that “set me up to utilize my strength on the bike to gain an unassailable lead going into the marathon.”

Friday, April 17, 2015

Andrew Starykowicz: Fighting to Win

Andrew Starykowicz has been a professional triathlete since 2006. With world-record bike splits for the full and half-Ironman distances, he’s earned his status as the fastest cyclist in triathlon. As our guest blogger, he discusses his latest training tool, the Performance Endless Pool® he installed in his basement this winter.

Andrew Starykowicz, professional triathlete and Endless Pools owner.
In the off-season, every athlete adds tools to their arsenal trying to take their training to the next level.  Yoga, Pilates, Insanity, P90X are just some examples of what I have tried in the past.  This off-season, I took it to a whole new level – I installed an Endless Pool.

I first got to experience an Endless Pool at the Philly Tri because there was no place to swim in the days leading into the event.  I found the current to be very similar to open water swimming, more than the time I spent in a traditional pool. 

Now that I am in it full time, I have seamlessly taken my workouts from my book, For Swimmers 365 Main Sets, and adapted them to the Endless Pool. As a result, I’m getting workouts that are a lot more practical to how I race ... not in a 25-yard, not in a 25-meter, not in a 50-meter pool, but in lakes, rivers, and oceans.  I also need to train my body to hold a blistering pace for miles on end, not just 30 seconds and rest 5 seconds as I flip and streamline off the wall.

Andrew Starykowicz and Adam Alper, having just installed Andrew's Performance Endless Pool.
Some Endless Pools are glamorous showpieces skirted in Carrara marble. This Endless Pool, belonging to professional triathlete Andrew Starykowicz (left), is pure efficiency. He uses it for the quality of the swim current, for the at-home convenience, and because, as he puts it, “I support the people who support the sport.” Endless Pools’ own Adam Alper (right) helped install this Performance model in Andrew’s Illinois basement.

Now, the idea of installing one at home started when I calculated how much time is spent driving to the pool, changing, showering, and coming home. 
  • Let's just say it is 10 minutes each way to the pool. 
  • Next is the 10 minutes to get changed, grab your kickboard, and figure out which lane is yours. 
  • After you have to put away your equipment, shower, and by the time you towel off and get dressed, it is another 15 minutes. 
  • Finally the 10-minute drive home.
So the whole process takes 45 minutes, 4 days a week, 45 weeks a year ... That's 135 hours that could be used doing more productive things at home, like fixing a nice dinner for your wife, spending time with family, and taking a nap.  Plus it is never fun when a slower swimmer gets in your lane and futzes up your workout or when the pool is closed for some reason.

Since I have started training in it, I learned that it has become far more valuable than just training my body to swim long.  Using the mirror, I can watch my every stroke and have really been able to practice and appreciate the value of gliding before the catch part of the stroke.  Watching my every move, I have been able to reduce my stroke count while swimming faster. 

Andrew Starykowicz at T1 in 2013 (photo by Ali Elgin)
With his reputation as the fastest cyclist in triathlon, Andrew Starykowicz is often overlooked for his stellar swimming. When swimming for Purdue, he earned a coveted All-American designation. He trains in an Endless Pool because it delivers “workouts that are a lot more practical to how I race ... not in a 25-yard, not in a 25-meter, not in a 50-meter pool, but in lakes, rivers, and oceans.” (Photo ©2013 Ali Engin)

Monday, November 24, 2014

How Pro Triathlete Luke McKenzie Trains between Diaper Changes

“It’s been a very interesting year, to say the least,” reports Luke McKenzie, and with good reason. Early in 2014, the Australian-born professional triathlete settled in California with his partner, fellow triathlete Beth Gerdes; in June, their daughter Wynne entered the world. Now, on a sunny November afternoon, “we got the pool going in the backyard, so I couldn’t be happier!”

The pool is an Elite Endless Pool®. The 33-year-old McKenzie wanted the most challenging swim current, and the Elite’s twin-propeller system has already proven to be more than up to the task. After documenting his inaugural swim on Instagram, he commented, “I tried setting it on 1 min/100-yard pace and almost got blown out the back of the pool!” For the record, that’s nine seconds shy of the Elite’s top speed.

Professional triathlete Luke McKenzie takes his inaugural swim in the Elite Endless Pool in his California backyard.
“I tried setting it on 1 min/100-yard pace and almost got blown out the back of the pool!” That’s according to professional triathlete Luke McKenzie, who'd just installed an Elite Endless Pool in his backyard. After finishing 2nd at the 2013 IRONMAN World Championship, he’s using his backyard Endless Pool for stroke and transition training.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Double-Geek: Up Close with Engineer & Triathlete Adam Alper

This was Adam Alper’s morning. As Penn State’s Swimming prepares to launch their new Elite Endless Pool®, Adam coached their facilities staff on some last-minute mechanical fine-tuning. As a residential customer finalized her order, he translated her wishes into technical notations so her pool components will ship correctly. As our new 7.5-hp High-Performance Endless Pool arrived at the Port of Kailua Kona for the IRONMAN® World Championship Expo, he arranged the logistics to have it onsite on time. Just business as usual for Endless Pools’ resident engineer/triathlete.

This September, Adam marked his ninth anniversary with Endless Pools. For most of that time, he served as R&D Staff Engineer, working closely with CEO James Murdock to evolve our core product line. Since early 2013, he’s officially been Applications Engineer, overseeing the Design and Technical Services team. (Need a technical drawing for a planned pool installation? That’s Adam’s team.) He’s also a repository of knowledge for our Sales staff and acts as the intermediary between various other departments (R&D, Production, CS). And on occasion, he travels to expos to build and staff our temporary installations.

Endless Pools' Applications Engineer Adam Alper competes in the bike leg of a triathlon.
Adam Alper: Endless Pools' Applications Engineer by day, accomplished triathlete on nights and weekends. In addition to overseeing the company's Technical Services department, he's twice competed in the IRONMAN World Championships at Kona and has earned multiple Boston Marathon qualifications.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Faster, Smoother, Bigger for Kona

Our new 7.5-hp High-Performance Pool boasts a faster, smoother, and wider swim current (with a quieter motor). We’re so confident in just how challenging this swim current is that we’re unveiling it to the toughest audience possible: Kona Ironmen!

We’re offering the Qualified Athletes of the IRONMAN™ World Championships presented by GoPro a chance to take a test swim in our High-Performance Pool. We’re also offering a chance for anyone to enter to win an Endless Pools swimming machine.


At the HYPR Nalu Surf Shop, just steps from the Kailua Pier (swim start) and the Courtyard® King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel on the Big Island of Hawai’i


From Wednesday, October 1, through Saturday, October 11, the day of the Championship race, starting at 6 am. 

3 Reasons Why:

1. To experience the pool that triathletes praise – for helping them refine their strokes, for building endurance, and ultimately for shrinking their swim times – with no cost and no commitment

2. As added incentive, all test swimmers will be entered into a raffle to win an Endless Pools swimming machine!
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