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Terry Laughlin’s two test sets on stroke efficiency with descending 100s. See his article.

Elsewhere , Test Set

See the nice article elsewhere by the Total Immersion founder, Coach Terry Laughlin. His tip is to do 50s or 100s and count the total number of strokes for the entire distance. Perhaps it is 77. Most of the time, I've always counted each length as its own result. But Terry's approach makes sense for getting one value for the entire distance, generally a 50-yard or 100-yard distance.

Summary for 50s or 100s

One version:  Maintain the same stroke count while descending the swims' final time.

Other version: Maintain the same stroke tempo with the help of a Tempo Trainer or a Marlin (both are wearable devices) and descend the swims' final time.


  • Repeats, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
  • Distances, 50-yards, 100-yards
  • Interval, 
  • Maintaining stroke count - or - Maintain tempo, and -- at what value
  • Results in total swim times

Questions to answer with data

  • How much can you descend without adding strokes? 
  • Another day, repeat the same series, but keeping Tempo constant instead. How much can you descend now?
  • Can you repeat the same results on another day but with an adjusted temp. See if a slower tempo allows a larger improvement in time.

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Omega does first year of Open Water Swimming national event for USA Swimming

Elsewhere , Equipment , Video

Omega, welcome to the open water events in 2019

The finish line is watched with four high-speed cameras, each at 100-frames per second. Then there can be a video review of the exact order of finish. 

Strange that some races have the swimmers going a 10K distance, or even a 5K distance, and have the finish boil down to fractions of a seconds. 

The swimmers travel under the super-structure that looks like a bridge and then they reach upwards, out of the water, and touch the pads to record their finish. 

Other options with AutoCoach

Another option if you don't have all that money to invest into the rental of the Omega equipment, is to deploy an AutoCoach Timing System. The AutoCoach system is used at Cross Country Track Meets, That would capture the time of the race, but there would need to be a timer. More on that to come in the future. 

A four camera security system can also be deployed to watch for the numbers on the swimmers' caps.  

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Listen at 12:35 for “Take your marks”

AutoCoach , Elsewhere

Wonder who is using the AutoCoach timing speakers and watch?

An encounter with Australian swimming coach, Ian Pope, and a trip to the Philippines got these swimming trailblazers aware of the equipment from AutoCoach. They have a stopwatch and speaker, 

In AutoCoach's Race Mode, the coach pushes the button and the speaker can sound a long whistle for the swimmers to get on the blocks. Then another push of the watch's button and the commands come from the speaker, "Take Your Marks..." Then a third push of the watch's button delivers the starting signal, a beep that begins the race as well as a flash too. And, of course, the watch is started in its time for the event. When deployed as above, the coach's voice is spared, the watch is synced with the beep, and practice time trials are more like a meet setting.

* Neither Michael Andrews nor his coach have endorsed the AutoCoach stop watch. Rather, they are simply users.

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Russ Diamond and Mark Rauterkus at an event in Pittsburgh's South Side

Does anybody really know what time it is? Does anybody really care? Russ Diamond does, thankfully

Elsewhere , Video , Wearable

Source: Russ Diamond on Facebook

Clock Changing

1. Most seem to hate the actual clock-changing and its disruptive negative impact, which represents the crux of the bill introduced by Russ Diamond to the PA House.

2. A fair share of folks seem to want permanent DST (Daylight Savings Time) instead of Standard Time.

3. Permanent DST requires congressional approval. Since Marco Rubio couldn't engineer that on behalf of Florida last year, in 2018, I seriously doubt US Senator, Bob Casey, D, has the clout to manage it for PA. Permanent Standard Time requires no congressional approval. None want to go begging to Congress in DC. Have you seen Congress lately?

4. For those lobbying for permanent DST, one doubts that love affair actually exists on those hot muggy days in June, July and August. Most will choose to be indoors in the air-conditioning watching Netflix rather than running around getting all sweaty catching butterflies or whatever until 10 pm. Just a hunch.

5. Permanent DST also means mornings would be one hour darker in winter. That solution causes a worry about kids and commuters heading off to school and work in greater darkness.

Russ Diamond on the South Side

Russ Diamond on the South Side

Russ Diamond, PA House

Russ Diamond, PA House

A busy night as workers move the stones at Stone Henge.

A busy night indeed.

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