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Day in the Life Video: Alex Meyer, US Open Water Swimming National Champion & Olympian / Vasa Blog | Vasa, Inc

Day in the Life Video: Alex Meyer, US Open Water Swimming National Champion & Olympian / Vasa Blog | Vasa, Inc | Swim News Round Up | Scoop.it
Vasa is proud to sponsor Alex Meyer. It's an honor to be associated with an athlete who exhibits tremendous character in and out of sport. We invite you to join us in supporting Alex in his dream of achieving success at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. This video and article first appeared on SwimSwam. 1. What’s it like to go from being a college athlete to being a full-time athlete?At first, it didn't feel much different. Many of my friends were still on the Varsity team at Harvard, I lived close to the pool, and pretty much just substituted naps in place of class time. But over the last few years, I've taken on more of a coaching and mentoring role with the team, stepped up my dryland training, and have devoted more time to keeping up swimming-related business.2. Practically speaking, how do you make it as a pro? What sacrifices do you have to make?Most of my income comes from the Athlete Partnership Agreement, for which I am grateful. Additionally, I receive some sponsorship and prize money, and even teach a few private lessons here and there for some extra cash. Living in the Boston area is expensive, so there isn't a lot of discretionary spending in my budget!3. Was there anything about life as a professional athlete that surprised you?I guess I thought it was just going to be eat-sleep-swim, so I was surprised by how many little things I need to constantly keep up with on the business end. I think I became more aware of these once I realized how much I had neglected them in the first year or two after graduation. As in swimming, I'm constantly learning from my mistakes!4. How has training for World Cup racing and the Olympics changed your life?Well, if I have to shorten that answer to a few sentences, it would go something like this: Swimming has enriched my life tremendously in many ways, and given great meaning and purpose to it. I've learned universal and translatable life skills through the process of pursuing my goals in swimming. And most importantly, I've met many amazing lifelong friends through this sport.5. Sometimes people with regular jobs wake up and just don’t want to work. What’s that like with such a physically demanding job?Yeah, this happens almost every morning at approximately 5:30am. I try to wake up with enough time to ease into my day with a cup of coffee, a light read, and maybe a quick hot tub soak if I get to the pool early enough. I am already not a morning person, and I don't like to feel rushed in the morning, so ironically I get up a little earlier than I need to. I try to remember that these moments in the morning are, for me, the epitome of "the grind" - something swimmers and athletes take great pride in. The grind is essentially the road to a goal. It's work, very rewarding work.6. Tell me about how you’ve improved over time and how that could help young swimmers aspiring to great things?I think one of the keys to my success over time has been coming to understand my training and my body more. I used to just mindlessly look at a workout, say "ok, coach", and do it. Now, I more thoroughly understand the structure of a workout and a season plan and even play more of a role in designing them.7. What did you learn from your experiences in the 2012 Olympics and how do those lessons influence you now?Clear your mind: Swim for yourself and be in the moment. Pressure to perform is never something that is put on you, it is something that you yourself create in your mind. So, stop it - let the world outside the race cease to exist, and swim passionately and intelligently. Pressure can absolutely motivate people, including myself, but I put a lot of pressure on myself in a negative, scary way in London, and I let it affect my swim.Be prepared: Preparation really involves not just the body, but also mind and spirit. I think in part my training was not where I wanted it to be because of my injury earlier that year, but I also couldn't eat that morning because I was so nervous, and I didn't decide what suit I was going to wear until 10 minutes before the start of the race, which cause incredible stress. Injury aside, I could have avoided these things. Mind, body, and spirit must all be healthy and prepared.Love is the most important thing: My mentor, coach, and friend Paul Asmuth mentioned this to me right before the race in London and I will never forget it. It's important to remember - and may help with clearing your mind and being prepared - that at the end of the day, or a career, medals and accolades come to mean less and less over time, and that the most enduring rewards from swimming are the relationships we forge that last a lifetime. It helped me to see the bigger picture – the fact that many family members and friends were on the other side of the Serpentine to support me.  That meant so much more to me than an Olympic gold medal ever could.8. Building confidence for open water and triathlon swimming is hugely important and can translate into a more positive experience in the water.There's no substitute for swimming and racing experience, but if you can't get to water, I highly recommend using the Vasa swim Ergometer and keeping it on a low resistance (1 or 2) so you can spend a good 30-45 minutes on it before you're totally wiped out. Practice everything that you would in a pool - good straight body-line (don't let your legs sway from one side to the other), high elbow catch and hold it through the pull. Vary the tempo and intensity, mix in some sprints with active or passive rest between.What swim-specific fitness and technique exercises would you advise time-crunched athletes do out of the water that will lead to more confident, stronger swimming in the pool or open water?9. What other secret sprint tips can you give up?As for the Vasa erg, make sure when sprinting that you keep your good form, otherwise it's not very relevant to swimming. I know that if I let my legs swing side to side and if I pull with my elbow on freestyle, or if I lift my chest off the bench before I pull two-arm (butterfly), I can get much higher wattages, but it's not helping my swimming as much as if I use good form. As for in the open water, I'll keep most of them to myself, but part of the race is about who makes the smartest decisions and is best at spending energy wisely. You want to make sure that if it's going to come down to a sprint, you have something left in the tank.10. What are a few of your Big Audacious Goals you have set for yourself in swimming? Well, a gold medal in Rio would be nice.11. How do you create a plan and set milestones along the way?This is something I usually do with my coaches. We take the next big goal, usually the biggest competition of that year, and work backwards to the present from there. My training is planned out for that major race of the year, and I pick which races I go to based on the travel distance, prize money available, and proximity in time to more important races. This year, my next big race is US Open Water Nationals, and then hopefully Pan Pacific Championships at the end of August.12. What do you use for motivation that is bigger than yourself?  What helps you be tough when it gets really hard in a race or training session?I do a good amount of swimming alone, especially this time of year when the Harvard guys are tapering for Ivies and NCAAs, so there's often a lot going on in my head. I visualize a lot - race scenarios, winning, family and friends cheering me on, memories of Fran, lots of things. I'm also still motivated by the fact that I love swimming and racing and want to be the best.13.  Relationships are powerful. Tell us about the people in your life who influence and motivate you to do this sport.  Why are those relationships as rewarding and important as racing itself?Yes, relationships are importing and infinitely rewarding and as I've said, they are the greatest gift swimming has given me.14. What do you do to remind yourself to cherish the moment?I don't really have to remind myself - it's pretty apparent to me how special and rare this opportunity is. I'll be sitting on a beach in Australia or Spain or Mexico and be thinking "this is my office, this is work", and that's pretty cool. I'm living my dream. But that makes it sound too easy, so I'll say I work the dream, which has become the motto for the Fran Crippen Elevation Foundation. Alex and Vasa President Rob Sleamaker at Harvard’s Blodgett Pool
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Seven Meet Records Fall at the Arena Grand Prix at Orlando - Florida Swim Network

Seven Meet Records Fall at the Arena Grand Prix at Orlando - Florida Swim Network | Swim News Round Up | Scoop.it
Seven Meet Records Fall at the Arena Grand Prix at Orlando - ORLANDO, Fla. – The second night of competition at the Arena Grand Prix at Orlando featured a total seven meet records and winning performances from competitors from seven different countries.
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Swimming Canada

Swimming Canada | Swim News Round Up | Scoop.it
WINNIPEG – Jaring Timmerman says the benefits of swimming have played an important role in his longevity and excellent health throughout his life. The 104-year-old Winnipeg swimmer made headlines once again last week when he officially became the world’s oldest Masters swimmer.


“There’s no doubt swimming has definitely kept me in shape,” said Timmerman, who amazes with his sporting achievements and overall sharpness.


“It’s a sport that requires you to use all your muscles on your body. I thought it would be good for me and it’s something to do. It’s fun to win all the medals and be able to give them to my grandchildren. It’s a challenge for me. That’s why I do it.”


He started swimming competitively at age 79 when his wife recommended he enter a Seniors Olympics competition when they were residing in Arizona. He was reluctant at first when he saw the level of competition.


“These were all guys who were stars in college, swimming all their lives, I felt I didn’t stand a chance,” said Timmerman. “But after much persuasion by my wife, lo and behold I got the gold in the 200-m freestyle. I couldn’t believe it.”


Timmerman has also enjoyed swimming throughout his life but at a recreational level on creeks, rivers and community pools as a youth and on Lake Winnipeg later on. “Anytime I had a chance to swim I would do it,” he said.


Timmerman is no stranger to challenges. In World War II he was a navig
ator on Lancaster bombers targeting railways, oil depots and other key points in Germany. He returned home without any serious injury and went on to a successful career primarily with the Grain Insurance and Guaranty Co. in Winnipeg where he would retire as president and general manager.


At the Canadian Masters in Winnipeg Timmerman completed the 50-metre backstroke and 50-metre freestyle. He was credited with a world record for both events in the new 105-109 Masters Age Group. Timmerman turns 105 in February.


“I decided those are probably my last races,” he said about the Masters event. “But who knows?”


Timmerman’s son Bruce summed up the feeling of spectators at the Masters championships in Winnipeg.


“People felt they had just witnessed a miracle.”
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Jamieson enters 2014 British Champs | British Gas Swimming Championships | Glasgow 2014 | British Swimming

Jamieson enters 2014 British Champs | British Gas Swimming Championships | Glasgow 2014 | British Swimming | Swim News Round Up | Scoop.it
Olympic silver medallist Michael Jamieson is one of the early entrants for the country
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Mads Glaesner Wins Doping Appeal, Retains World Title | SWIMMING WORLD

Mads Glaesner Wins Doping Appeal, Retains World Title | SWIMMING WORLD | Swim News Round Up | Scoop.it
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Tucker Smith Added to USA Swimming Banned For Life List

Tucker Smith Added to USA Swimming Banned For Life List | Swim News Round Up | Scoop.it
Tucker Smith, a former Mechanicsville, Virginia swim coach, has been added to the USA Swimming list of Individuals Permanently Suspended or Ineligible.
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Swimming News: Aquatic Super Series As A Springboard To A Super Season

Swimming News: Aquatic Super Series As A Springboard To A Super Season | Swim News Round Up | Scoop.it
The Australian team has assembled in Perth on the eve of the Aquatic Super series at which they aim to thump China, Japan, Brazil and South Africa, truth be known.
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Swimming News: Order of Australia For London 4x100m Olympic Champs

Swimming News: Order of Australia For London 4x100m Olympic Champs | Swim News Round Up | Scoop.it
The Australia 4x100m freestyle relay team of Alicia Coutts, Cate Campbell, Brittany Elmslie, and Melanie Schlanger, who claimed the nation's only gold in the pool at the London 2012 Games, have been awarded the Order of Australia medal for services...
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Feel For The Water! Advice & Tips to Improve Your Swimming.: It's Just One More Jelly Bean In The Jelly Bean Jar

Feel For The Water! Advice & Tips to Improve Your Swimming.: It's Just One More Jelly Bean In The Jelly Bean Jar | Swim News Round Up | Scoop.it
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Gary Hall - Owner of The Race Club

Gary Hall - Owner of The Race Club | Swim News Round Up | Scoop.it
Gary Hall is the Owner of The Race Club, providing coaching, training and technical instruction for swimmers of all ages and abilities.
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Swimming News: Peirsol Backs Salo In Row Over Efimova ‘Supplement’ Case

Swimming News: Peirsol Backs Salo In Row Over Efimova ‘Supplement’ Case | Swim News Round Up | Scoop.it
Aaron Peirsol, one of the all-time greats of backstroke swimming, has come to the defence of US and Trojans coach Dave Salo in the Yuliya Efimova food-supplements case and raised a challenge to all swimmers by asking: why take food supplements?
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Triathlon Swimming : Part 7- Work Less, Swim Better in Triathlon

Triathlon Swimming : Part 7- Work Less, Swim Better in Triathlon | Swim News Round Up | Scoop.it
Terry Laughlin Teaches How To ‘Work Less, Swim Better’ In Triathlon Swimming Channeling Your Energy Forward.
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Hosszu rockets to #2 in Grand Prix points standings after her first U.S. appearance

Hosszu rockets to #2 in Grand Prix points standings after her first U.S. appearance | Swim News Round Up | Scoop.it
Katinka put up the best single-meet haul the Grand Prix series has seen this year and is now a half-point out of first place fore the women. Conor Dwyer and Yannick Agnel still lead the men's list.
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Coach's Intel: Chris Ip from LSU Submits a Taper Menu for Sprinters

Coach's Intel: Chris Ip from LSU Submits a Taper Menu for Sprinters | Swim News Round Up | Scoop.it
Chris Ip from LSU Tigers Swimming and Diving shares a customizable taper workout for sprinters.
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Swimming News: Kromowidjojo Lays The Foundations Of Speed At Thanyapura

Swimming News: Kromowidjojo Lays The Foundations Of Speed At Thanyapura | Swim News Round Up | Scoop.it
A smiling double Olympic sprint champion Ranomi Kromowidjoj today speaks of thriving under the guidance of new coach Christian Sloof on Dutch camp at the Thanyapura Sports & Leisure Club in Thailand. And the word from Sebastiaan Verschuren. Watch the videos, hear the poolside interviews
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Swimming News: Where Will James Magnussen Split The Difference?

Swimming News: Where Will James Magnussen Split The Difference? | Swim News Round Up | Scoop.it
In the mix of all the races at the Aquatic Super Series that will hold the attention this Friday and Saturday, the latest sprint efforts of James The Missile Magnussen are likely to stand out.
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The Daily News of Open Water Swimming: Petar Stoychev On The Opposite End Of The Stick

The Daily News of Open Water Swimming: Petar Stoychev On The Opposite End Of The Stick | Swim News Round Up | Scoop.it
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Gold medalist hopes to fulfill final Olympic dream

Gold medalist hopes to fulfill final Olympic dream | Swim News Round Up | Scoop.it
Plant City native Brooke Bennett,33, came out of retirement to fulfill one final Olympic dream at Rio in 2016.
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FINA Applies Provisional Suspension to World Record Holder Yulia Efimova

FINA Applies Provisional Suspension to World Record Holder Yulia Efimova | Swim News Round Up | Scoop.it
In the first official recognition and acknowledgement that Russian superstar swimmer and World Record holder Yulia Efimova actually tested positive for...
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Swimming News: What’s Trending For the USA In Swimming’s Transit Year?

Swimming News: What’s Trending For the USA In Swimming’s Transit Year? | Swim News Round Up | Scoop.it
Now that we have arrived in 2014, how do we view these 12 months?
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The Daily News of Open Water Swimming: Nicknames of Open Water Swimmers

The Daily News of Open Water Swimming: Nicknames of Open Water Swimmers | Swim News Round Up | Scoop.it
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