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Short Course Nationals

Posted by Kevin Doak on Thursday at: 9:22am (April 15th, 2010)
I registered for the 2010 Short Course Nationals yesterday. Although I won't be as prepared as I'd like, I'm really looking forward to swimming in the 1996 Olympic Pool down in Atlanta! This was the most expensive meet I've ever attended. With a $30.00 parking pass my registration fee was $104.00... OUCH!

Event Entries:

Event #12 - M25-29 200 Backstroke Seed Time: 1:55.05
Event #14 - M25-29 100 Butterfly Seed Time: 50.66 - Sixth Event
Event #24 - M25-29 50 Butterfly Seed Time: 22.49
Event #30 - M25-29 50 Backstroke Seed Time: 23.05

Events at the State Meet

Posted by Kevin Doak on Wednesday at: 8:51am (April 14th, 2010)
50 Back
100 Back
50 Fly
100 Fly
50 Free
100 Free

Pretty simple huh! Looking forward to racing!

Preparing for the Michigan Masters State Meet

Posted by Kevin Doak on Monday at: 8:49am (April 12th, 2010)
It's that time of year again! It's the Michigan State Masters Meet. This year it's hosted in Haslett, near Lansing. I have to say, I'm excited for the meet, but not excited about swimming in it... if that makes any sense.

Rollerblading in Central Park!

Posted by Kevin Doak on Wednesday at: 8:40pm (April 7th, 2010)
I had a bit of extra time today and decided to go rollerblading in New York City's Central Park! As you can imagine, here are a ton of people and challenging terrains to navigate but overall its a beautiful park.

I got to see some great street performers while I made my way through the seemingly endless sidewalks and paths. I took lots of pictures while both stationary and while blading! I got some interesting looks as I sped by while taking pictures with my large digital SLR camera.

Its a warm sunny day in NYC!


NYC swimming

Posted by Kevin Doak on Wednesday at: 3:04pm (April 7th, 2010)
I'm out in NYC for a few days and actually found a pool to train at out here! I've visited before and never thought to look for one since NYC strikes me as so densely populated with buildings, there just wouldn't be room. I was very mistaken! There are tons of pools out here. Most are pretty expensive, the highest being $55.00 for a day pass! I found out about the "Riverbank State Park" from the "Places to Swim" link on www.usms.org. I called and learned that it was $2.00 per session and it was an Olympic size pool!

An Open Letter to Pool Operators

Posted by Kevin Doak on Sunday at: 7:13am (April 4th, 2010)
Whether you celebrate or not, I've decided that Holiday's in general are bad for all training. The sport of swimming is perhaps hit the hardest since it requires one of the highest-tech facilities. Site operators must decide there is either low demand for their buildings or perhaps they have a hard time staffing on weekends such as "Easter".

Interesting Training Days

Posted by Kevin Doak on Saturday at: 12:43am (April 3rd, 2010)
Its been an interesting few days. Balancing plenty of work has made getting to the pool challenging.

EMUswim.com Highlight Video Reel

Posted by Kevin Doak on Thursday at: 2:14pm (April 1st, 2010)
Myself and a friend put together some highlight video from the Mid-American Conference Championship meet held at EMU this year:


Great job EMU!

Super Slow Motion Fun!

Posted by Kevin Doak on Tuesday at: 6:27am (March 30th, 2010)
I had a great practice with some fellow Michigan Masters Swimmers at MSU on Sunday! After a 3,000 yard practice, I busted out the High Speed Camera for some Super Slow Motion Video. If that last sentence was confusing read this:

To Create "Super Slow Motion" Video:
Video is taken at a high frame rate, in this case, 210 Frames a second and then played back at a normal 30 frames a second. The result is very slow video. I uploaded my 50 Back to youtube:

The Joys of a Community Pool

Posted by Kevin Doak on Sunday at: 4:46pm (March 28th, 2010)
It was a rough Saturday as the Scuba Diving class repeatedly swam under, close to, and collided with my body as I attempted to train. I will never understand how the trajectory of lap swimmer swimming within two lane lines can be so confusing for a scuba diver. I basically pass the same area every 15 seconds or so, repeatedly, for an hour straight. Yet, without fail, one of these divers thinks its no problem to surface in the middle of my lane with no regard to his surroundings at all.