Monday, January 24, 2011

Orthodox Christian Holiday in Macedonia Includes Diving for Cross

cross diving

I was browsing around on, and found photos of this interesting celebration. Here is the photo description:

“Macedonian Jovan Delov triumphantly shows the cross he pulled out of the waters of the lake Ohrid during the traditional holiday of Epiphany in Ohrid on January 19, 2011. Macedonians celebrate the Baptism of Christ with Orthodox Christian priests consecrating the waters of lakes and rivers by throwing a cross in it and men diving to find it. According to the belief, the one who finds the cross has a year of good luck” (source).

I couldn’t help but notice that the guy who ends up finding the cross is the only one wearing goggles!

orthodox christian cross diving

The one who finds the cross will have a year of good luck, but I don’t think he needs it – he’s already got brains!

Monday, January 24, 2011

Kast-A-Way Swimwear Will Attend 2nd Annual Endurance Sports Expo

On Thursday, February 3, Tea-am ACC will host the 2nd Annual Endurance Sports Expo at the Athletic Club of Columbus from 6-8pm. Kast-A-Way Swimwear will be one of many vendors offering discounted merchandise and expert advice on equipment!

The expo is the perfect chance for swimmers, cyclists, runners, and triathletes to mingle, pick up race schedules, and get some great endurance sports gear. Training for a triathlon? Get your shoes, bike, and swimsuit all in one evening!

And for everyone NOT in Columbus, Ohio… all I can say is “be jealous.”

endurance sports expo

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Top 6 Most Tattooed Swimmers

Who are the most tattooed swimmers? Has the title changed hands? From personal experience, I can tell you that tattoos are definitely addicting, so the arms race for the most ink is always up for grabs.

I did a very thorough internet search for the most tattooed aquatic athletes, including synchronized swimmers and water polo players. I limited the search to elite level athletes that you might have a chance to see in the media.

I hope I didn’t miss any! If you know of an elite aquatic athlete with a lot of tattoos, post a link in the comments section. Now allow me to present the Top 6 Most Tattooed Swimmers in no particular order:

Franziska van Almsick (German Swimmer)
Franziska van Almsick tattoo

Anastasia Davydova (Russian Synchronized Swimmer)
Anastasia Davydova tattoo


Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Senior Olympic Synchronized Swimming Skit

Senior Olympic Synchronized Swimming Skit

Heidi sent me this YouTube video of a Senior Olympic Synchronized Swimming Skit. Funny stuff! The only description of the video is “Having fun with retirement…” I guess boredom is a powerful force. These guys show that “senior status” hasn’t dulled their sense of humor!

Monday, January 17, 2011

Former Big Ten Diver, Steven LoBue (Purdue), Qualifies for Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series

steven lobue red bull cliff diving world series

Steven LoBue, a Big Ten diving alumnus from Purdue University (2003-2007), recently qualified for the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series. Steven was among the top 7 finishers in a qualifying event at the Hawkesbury River in Sydney, Australia – which guaranteed him a spot on the 2011 World Series (schedule).

From left to right: Michal Navratil, Slava Polyeshchuk, Andrey Ignatenko, Cyrille Oumedjkane, Sasha Kutsenko, Alain Kohl and Steven Lobue

The seven qualifiers in Australia will join Gary Hunt, Orlando Duque, Artem Silchenko, Kent De Mond and Hassan Mouti to make up the field for the 2011 World Series which begins in Rapa Nui on March 12 (source).

I can’t believe I dove against Steven in college, and now he’s 1 of 12 cliff divers on an international circuit! That’s so cool!

As I mentioned in a previous post, the competition in La Rochelle (FRA) will be held after dark. The cliff diving event will be lit by floodlight for a new look at an already extreme sport! Yikes, good luck with that!

Sunday, January 16, 2011

How Much Do Swimmers Really Sweat?

how much do swimmers sweat?


Sunday, January 16, 2011

In Brief #46

> My Toughest Workout Ever, Barre None Training Day by Kaitlin Sandeno
> AAARGH! More Excuses from Phelps as he qualifies his win SCAQ Blog
> Two for two: Phelps tops Lochte in Austin Universal Sports
> More evidence that sitting too much is bad even if you exercise Sweat Science
> Rob D, the Discovery Channel

Monday, January 10, 2011

Happy 2-Year Blog Anniversary To Me!

Two years of Kast-A-Way Blog! Whew! My first official blog post went up January 12, 2009. Since my Blogiversary happens to align with the calendar year, here are some highlights from 2010:

Most Viewed Posts

#1 – British Diver Tom Daley and Kate Moss In Italian Vogue
Tom Daley and Kate Moss Italian Vogue

#2 – First Look: 2010 Speedo LZR Racer Elite & LZR Racer Pro
Speedo LZR racer elite and lzr racer pro

#3 – Norwegian Scuba Divers Chase Down Google Earth Van

My Favorite Photoshopping

Swimming Hero Magazines

Most Fun To Write

Is The LZR Racer Elite Really Worth It

Friday, January 7, 2011

Tim Ferriss “From Geek to Freak” a.k.a. A Tutorial In Before-And-After Photography

A friend of mine is reading The 4-Hour Body, a recent New York Times Bestseller. The book is based on the Pareto principle which states that 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes. The principle appears to be pretty popular in economics, where it is observed that 80% of your sales come from 20% of your clients, or that 20% of the world population holds 80% of the wealth.

According to Wikipedia, Italian economist Vilfredo Pareto developed his principle (also known as the 80-20 rule) by observing that 20% of the pea pods in his garden contained 80% of the peas. That’s all well and good, but a distribution of pea plant output is a non sequitur to the amount of effort put in. I bet the plants with the highest output had access to more and better nutrients, sunlight, and may have been successfully pollinated when others were not. In other words, this example does not apply to the amount of effort needed to see results in the weight room.

The 80-20 principle is an observation, and has nothing to do with cause and effect. Just because 20% of the world holds 80% of the wealth doesn’t mean they worked at 20% effort to get there.

However, applying this principle to exercise, Tim Ferriss says that you can get huge fitness results by only doing the bare minimum of work. Four hours per month, he says, is all it took to go “From Geek to Freak” and gain 34 pounds of muscle. Well, not quite… In an interview on, Tim credited his weight gain to minimal workouts for 8 hours per month. So which is it?

Other points that raise a red flag? How about the “no-fruit” diet, an exercise plan that appeals to laziness, and advocacy for an array of unregulated supplements.

And the biggest red flag? These almost humorously deceptive before-and-after pictures. They were so transparent, I just had to post an analysis. It looks like Tim used every trick in the book to make these photos as convincing as possible.

Tim Ferriss before and after photos four hour body

My analysis? Tim really did gain 34 pounds in 28 days, but was severely dehydrated prior to the test. It should have been relatively easy to gain the weight back, and still leave enough time to go tanning, get a haircut, shave his chest, and re-position the lights for his follow-up photoshoot.

I hope that this analysis is inspiring in a different way. As you tackle your New Year’s Resolutions, just remember that there are no shortcuts, and it’s up to you to make real changes in order to achieve your goals.

On a positive note, Tim Ferriss appears to be an advocate for skepticism. In the first chapter of his book, Tim writes “Don

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Cape Cod YMCA Team Members Take Polar Plunge

cape cod polar plunge

The Cape Cod Polar Plunge is a New Year’s Day tradition that has been growing in popularity. This year, a group of Cape Cod YMCA team members decided to take the plunge into 38

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