So im in clovis right now, we stayed our first night, and today we are just resting up and getting ready to race tomorrow. its so hot…its unbelievable. like i thought arcadia was bad….NO NONONONOO. this place is ridiculous, and we have to sit outside during the swim meet. time to burn and melttttttt
lol, on a sidenote, i didnt check my tumblr in like less than a day, and i had to go through 12 pages. sigh, ill try to keep up with you guys, but it’ll be tough.
I’m off to Clovis for a six-day swim meet. I was so excited this morning when i got my package of free shit from nike. LOL. its time to put it to good use. I will be adoned in nike for the next 2 weeks. i feel like a walking advertisement
Boredom leads to Facebook, so I was browsing Facebook, and ended up at David Yao’s profile. This guy (who is like one of the coolest people you’ll ever meet), captures every single waking moment on camera..and we joke about being camerawhores now, but I know that in the future, he will be so appreciative of his dedication to capturing videos because he will be able to relive every single memory. If a picture can speak 1000 words, a video can speak 99958389384334 words. He has inspired me to start capturing videos, and so in the future, I can look back, and relive those memories as well.
But there’s another point I was trying to make.
As I was browsing his videos list, I came upon all those speech videos from State Quals and State. I watched every single one of them, and I found myself smiling like an idiot at my computer screen. The Speech family is so close, open, hilarious, and they make my day. I can’t even express in words the impact speech has had on my life, and the doors it has opened for me. This post is dedicated to honoring the best decision I have made in high school. I cannot imagine my life without speech, but once I go off to college…poof…its gone. For these next two years, I wil cherish every waking moment I spend with this team. They truly are my second family.
It’s a shame to see what the sport of swimming has fallen to. Most of you guys probably aren’t familiar to what has happened, so I will fill you in.
In spring of 2008, Speedo launched a new swimsuit that revolutionized the sport. Instead of being made of conventional textiles, a material which has dominated the sport for decades, this suit (the LZR Racer) was made of polyurethane panels, which were designed to increase bouyancy and repel water. It also contained a “core stabalizer,” which literally gave you a six-pack’s worth of abdominal strength. The suit was also intended to compress your muscles so you did not feel lactic acid fermentation (minimizing pain, thus making you able to swim faster, longer). In essence, the suit made you faster. The results were spectacular. In a matter of months, over 40 WORLD records had been shattered, and the swimming world was in shock. This suit had changed the entire dynamic of swimming. One coach was remembered as calling the LZR, “technological doping.”
From that moment on, the swimming world underwent a “suit revolution.” In an effort to keep up with Speedo’s new invention, every single swim company invested millions into new research pertaining to a faster suit. Even NASA became involved in designing the “fastest” suit, and dozens of these inventions popped up on the market, each claiming to be faster than the last.
Soon enough, the suit craze dominated the world of swimming. Instead of discussing the “best training method,” swimmers would be trying to get their hands on “the best suit.” Suits became integral to a swimmer’s success, because if you didn’t have one, you would be at a disadvantage since all your competitors would have one.
Just look at the suit craze in action at the 2009 National Championships.
I, too, fell prey to this suit craze. To level the playing field, I bought an “Aquazone Renegade,” (luckily, our team scored a sponsorship deal, so I only paid $250 instead of the normal price of these performance suits, which falls around $500), a suit made by a Mexican company with the following characteristics:
"Made with a Nylon elastic Knitted fabric with our unique nano super composite skin technology that reduces water absorption while providing flexibility, durability and comfort. Engineered compression in targeted areas along the muscular contours of the body optimizing performance. Our "hydrophobic" fabric coated with a micro neoprene layer provides an amazing a 0.032 drag coefficient (over 50 times less than shaved skin) combined with a low profile silhouette, water repellency, highly compressive, chlorine resistant, and fast drying material."
This was the first time I had ever worn a “performance” suit, and I immediately felt the difference between this suit, and the conventional racing suits. I had never felt so fast, and the feeling is impossible to describe.
Since then, even more suits have been launched, and performance suits have become the most controversial issue to ever hit the sport of swimming. FINA, the international governing body of swimming, has imposed strict regulations on swimsuits, but it has not been enough. Today, the sport is not about how fast you are, but about how fast of a suit you have.
People who don’t wear a “full body” suit, or who don’t have a top-notch suit are the laughingstock of swim meets. It is preposterous to wear anything less than a full body suit, and anything without polyurethane. Textile suits have disappeared into oblivion, and the material of a suit makes the world of difference.
It’s so sad to see what this sport has come to. These suits should count as a form of cheating because of their intended effects on the human body. With these suits, what does this say about former world records? Those swimmers, despite their lack such technology, were the real superstars of swimming. And now? Their names have been wiped from the record books because of a mere suit.
Okay so I saw this magician on America’s Got Talent (Jay Mattioli…look him up on Youtube), and his act was amazing! I went to his website and it says he does private shows and stuff, so I asked him how much money it costs to do a show for our school (as a fundraiser for Mock Trial), because I think we could make some major money.
I can’t be everywhere at once. Today, the California Young Democrats sent out an email asking members to apply for positions such as Legislative Analyst, which I want to be: In this position you will work closely with the CYD Political Director Julie LInd to help CYD stay connected to the legislative process in Sacramento. Track legislation, write position papers on pending legislation, lobby legislators, help to coordinate lobby day, and many other legislative undertakings.
That sounds so cool! I really want to apply, but I realized that I will be so swamped next year in work, AND extracurriculars. sighhhh, not this time :[
“Visualize a beautiful beach, with white sand, blue skies, sparkling water, a warm sun, and seagulls. See yourself walking on the beach, carrying a small plastic pail. Stop at a good spot, and put your worries and whatever may be bugging you into the pail. Drop it at the water’s edge and watch it drift out to sea. When the pail is out of sight, walk on.”—My KAPLAN book, on how to overcome mental stresses….LOLOL