Just wasted 5 minutes of my life on CNBC watching Ryan Lochte swim a 100 meters in the Hudson :-(

edited August 2013 in General Discussion
With a wetsuit no less. He was promoting Pizza delivery or something had a red pizza carrier on his back. But the lame talking heads on CNBC kept saying he swam the across the Hudson but apparently didn't watch there own video feed that showed him jumping off a boat about 100 meters off shore...

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  • edited August 2013
    between Ryan Lochte and NBC, I don't think there's anything either of them could do that would make my expectations any lower.

    It saddens me that Ryan Lochte and Michael Phelps are the two most well known swimmers and the de facto ambassadors of the sport.
  • edited August 2013
    Speaking of Mr Phelps, does anyone know the story behind the Michael Phelps name and BREAKOWT, the MP Open Water Training program? I swam with one of the instructors (the instructor?) last week and, well, let's just say I'm curious about what their goal is. (Here's the SwimSwam article.)
    I don't wear a wetsuit; it gives the ocean a sporting chance.
  • edited August 2013
    Their goal is only to earn some cash.
    25 x $30 = $750 subtract some for pool hire and it's a nice fee for 3 hours work.

    3 hours and they teach you:
    -Introductions and brief swimming history of each participant
    - An over-view of the specific event logistics and course
    - Anxieties and emergencies with open water
    -Open water swimming strategies (sighting, breathing)
    -Over-view of the 4 B’s of swimming
    -Stroke analysis of each participant
    -Maximizing your stroke for your body type
    -Training strategies to get you to race day
    -Questions and answers

    And then unfortunately afterwards there are swimmers who believe they can swim in openwater because the now know everything. They believe it could be learned in 3 hours.
    What the heck, it was a Michael Phelps openwater course, wasn't it.
    http://openwaterswimming.eu - Cold, wind, waves, sunburn, currents, jellyfish and flotsam! Hop in and join the fun!
  • -Introductions and brief swimming history of each participant 25 x 1 minute (minimal) = 25 minutes (no pool needed)
    -Stroke analysis of each participant 25x (1 min swimming and recording + 2 min viewing and explanation) = 75minutes

    25 + 75 = 100 => more than 1,5 h gone. And for the rest is only 1h 20m left.
    Nice scam.
    http://openwaterswimming.eu - Cold, wind, waves, sunburn, currents, jellyfish and flotsam! Hop in and join the fun!
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