Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Natascha Badmann from Switzerland is one such legend who has chosen to partner with blueseventy. After a horrible bike crash at last year’s Ford Ironman World Championship in Hawaii, she is still deciding if she will race in Kona next week.
Natascha will wear both blueseventy wetsuits and swimskins to have the best possible performance opportunities during the swim split.
We wish her the best for the future and hope that she will stay in triathlon for many more years.
Monday, September 29, 2008
Saturday, September 20, 2008
When we planned to visit his grandmother in England recently, we decided to stay in Folkestone so we could keep training, and swim in the English Channel. While doing some online research to find out about the local swim spots, I ended up reading all about the Channel Swimmers, people who swim the 22 mile stretch from England to France. This got me really excited to swim in the same place as some of these amazing people.
Our first day we scouted out a place to swim, and found 2 guys about to go in on a nice pebble beach that was a short walk from our hotel. They looked a bit nervous about the rough water (I would be), so we went over and talked to them. Turns out the one not wearing a wetsuit was attempting to make the crossing the next day, if the weather allowed. I’m not sure if he was more nervous about swimming in the heavy chop, or the possibility of his crossing getting cancelled. We went for our first swim the next day when the wind died down, and I thought of all the swimmers out there attempting to make it across that day.
I have to admit that every time I get into a new body of water it’s humbling. Water is different everywhere, and that day it was cold and milky white. It was really unsettling to not be able to see my hand after it entered the water. I didn’t like seeing white flashes in the water without being able to tell what they were, and felt a little freaked out at first, but once I realized that my breathing was staying calm and even, I relaxed and started to enjoy myself. Between the wetsuit and saltiness of the water, I was super-bouyant and could really move through the water!
The next day was even more fun, with the sun out and the Channel calmer. There were a lot of people on the beach, even though there was a nip in the air. We were the only ones going in, so it was a bit embarrassing struggling with my wetsuit with an audience. But once I got in the water it felt great to move again. There is something about that water that made me feel like a seal slipping between the waves. I must have looked like one too, because when I was getting out of the water, a poor dog started cowering and backing away from me. I felt so bad for him—he must have thought I was the Creature from the Black Lagoon :)
A lot of swimmers do their training in the Dover Harbor, since it is sheltered and swimable on most days when the Channel gets rough. We checked it out, but didn’t really get the appeal of swimming next to huge cruise liners. I suppose the camaraderie could be worth it if you were a regular, but we decided to stick with our quiet Folkestone beach.
I was hooked on channel swimming after that, and we hit the water almost every day. The weather got a little rougher each time, but since I was able to get used to swimming in the chop gradually, it wasn’t too bad. The only scary part was when a big wave smacked my left arm into my back. Since I can’t feel that arm, I thought it was a big piece of wood or something worse :) Finally, I got pretty far out from shore, and Jonathan was worried and waved me down. I flashed him such a happy smile that he knew I was doing fine and let me finish my swim in peace.
After this experience I feel pretty good about the St Croix swim. I’m doing my first 2-mile swim this weekend (back home at Lake Washington), but after swimming in the English Channel, that should be totally do-able.
BTW, I just checked the Channel Swimmers websites and saw that a bunch of people completed the crossing while we were in England, including one fellow from Finland on Sept 12th, the day our swimmer was supposed to head out. I hope that was him that made it :)
Thursday, September 18, 2008
blueseventy popularity continues to soar in the open water swimming world as numerous competitors in the European Open Water Championships, held in Croatia on the 11 - 13th of September, wore the nero swimskin as their race garment of choice. Those included were Rostislav Vitek (CZE) who placed 7th in the Men’s 5km team event, and 9th in the Men’s 25km race. Vitek began wearing the swimskin back in October last year when he raced at the 10km Marathon Swimming World Cup in Cancun (pictured).
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Lined up and ready to go
David Davies is focused and concentrated
Keri Anne Payne is making final adjustments
And they are off!
Thomas Lurz in the water
Top 7 Men
1. David Davies (GBR) 17:02 - reaction
2. Maarten van der Weijden (NED) 17:05 - helix
3. Thomas Lurz (GER) 17:19 - reaction
4. Alan Bircher (GBR) 17:26
5. Dave Carry (GBR) 17:28
6. Mark Threfall (GBR) 17:58
7. Alastair Brownlee (GBR) 18:06
Top 6 women
1. Cassandra Patten (GBR) 18:21 - helix
2. Keri-Anne Payne (GBR) 18:22 - reaction
3. Jennifer Jackson (GBR) 18:24
4. Jodie Swallow (GBR) 18:25
5. Stefanie Biller (GER) 18:59
6. Marie Rabie (RSA) 20:30
Friday, September 12, 2008
This coming Saturday (13th of September) sees a re-match of the inaugural Olympic 10km Open Water swim event. David Davies, Thomas Lurz and Olympic champion Maarten van der Weijden will be battling for glory in the first "Great North Swim" (www.greatswim.org), located in the famous Windermere Lake, England's largest lake.
Joining them will be a host of Olympic stars and over 2000 members of the public taking part in a one mile challenge in 14 degree waters. Upon questioning about the upcoming race, van der Weijden seemed very relaxed and was looking forward to the swim in his new blueseventy Helix wetsuit. Our man on the ground, Dean Jackson, will be there taking pictures and giving us a report from the scene.
Will Maarten again reign supreme, will David Davies choose a better swimming line? Will the newly crowned European Champion Lutz execute revenge?
Yes, it's all happening in the north of England...
Thursday, September 11, 2008
The 17-year-old broke his own world record -- set in the morning heats -- when he won the final in 1:08.58 and his face mirrored his disbelief as he saw the scoreboard showing the time.
“I started this morning with a 1:12 personal best,” he said after the race, “and I couldn't believe it when I saw the time for the heat. I was hoping for a 1:10,” he said.
But he had taken more that two seconds off the old mark of 1:10.85, and then he shaved a further 12 hundredths off the new mark in the final as he beat local hero Lin Furong into second by exactly a second, with former world record-holder Dimitry Polin of Russia 3.16 seconds behind in fifth.
Amazingly, and with very little training, Tim managed to come 5th out of the water wearing a helix tst, was 4th onto the run and managed to run down the field to claim victory at Dorney Lake.
"What a fantastic event, after 2 weeks of whirlwind media activity after Beijing, it was nice to get back to some serious exercise" said Brabants.
Sunday, September 7, 2008
- Stephen Bayliss (GBR) and Bella Comerford (GBR) won Ironman UK
- Chris McDonald (AUS) won Ironman Wisconsin
- Rebekah Keat (AUS) won 70.3 Singapore, and Gina Ferguson (NZL) was the runner-up. Terenzo Bozzone (NZL) got barely beaten in the men's race.
- Andreas Raelert (GER) won 70.3 Monaco
Plus there were too many other amazing athletes who did fantastic, but we can't list them all.
But wow, we are very proud of you.
Stephen Bayliss in action
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
Lava Java of course is the the main hot spot in Kona where everybody goes leading up to the event. It is very close to the expo on Alii Drive and in easy walking distance from the pier where the race starts.
ITU Long Distance World Championships
Almere, Netherlands / August 31, 2008
swim 4k / bike 120k / run 30k
Top 10 women
1. Chrissie Wellington (GBR) 6:12:44
2. Charlotte Kolters (DEN) 6:30:15
3. Yvonne Van Vlerken (NED) 6:31:56
4. Lucie Zelenkova (CZE) 6:34:00
5. Ingrid Van Lubek (NED) 6:40:33
6. Tiina Boman (FIN) 6:41:27
7. Joan Blassfoss (DEN) 6:42:17
8. Ana Lidia Borba (BRA) 6:44:48
9. Tine Deckers (BEL) 6:44:56
10. Martina Dogana (ITA) 6:49:00