Thursday, June 29, 2017
Fwd: Pocket Masks $4.69! Boardshorts $6.95! Lifeguard Umbrellas $29.99! Hurry! Going Fast!
Saturday, June 24, 2017
Candidate for US Congress, me, and spouse
Sunday, June 18, 2017
Fwd: The circle game . . .
Thursday, June 15, 2017
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Fwd: Jerry Bowyer on Forbes.com: "Exercise Which Maximizes Neurotransmitters?"
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From: Jerry Bowyer
I wrote recently about my interview with Phil Campbell, author of The Sprint 8 Cardio Protocol. Campbell's book is the fruit of 30 years of self-monitoring, coaching, medical testing, and academic research focused on finding the optimal exercise training program. The conclusion is that the center part of such a program should not be the widely recommended long-form aerobic session, but rather short-form exercise which takes the trainee quickly into anaerobic territory. To get the highest health gains overall, Campbell recommends 8 sprints at maximum speed spread out over a 20 minute time period, 3 times per week...
To read the entire article and listen to the interview, click here.
Jerry Bowyer is a Forbes.com columnist, an economist, and he blogs here.
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Mark Rauterkus Mark.Rauterkus@gmail.com
Swimming and Water Polo Coach, Schenley High School, Pittsburgh, PA
412 298 3432 = cell
Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Fwd: Propaganda 101
Saturday, June 10, 2017
Fwd: Danny Chew Fundraiser - Final Reminder
Dear Bicycle-loving Friend,
As you may already know, we are holding a Fundraising Event for Danny Chew on June 17th, to help raise funds for making his home handicapped-accessible, as well as for the uplhighly increased living expenses that come with being paralyzed. He is temporarily living in Ohio, but is coming home to Pittsburgh in a month. Time is of the essence!
The Fundraiser should be a great celebration with food, beer, music, bicycle-related games and activities, as well as Danny himself.
(For details on the event, please look below)
If you cannot make it to the fundraiser, but would still like to contribute, here is a link to help Danny: https://www.helphopelive.org/c
ampaign/12584. We are also accepting gifts-in-kind for our Silent Auction and Basket Raffle (there is a form attached to this letter, and arrangements will be made to pick up anything donated), so you have an opportunity to participate in those ways as well.
Just for the Record, I fit into all this by being one of the original cyclists in the Chew Cycling Crew...Danny's sister Carol and I were the first to check out the Thursday night bicycle rides at the American Youth Hostels, then other members of the family became interested, and well, the rest is - HIStory.
Please see the attached letter from Danny...Be well everyone,Susan Richter412-736-xxxx (removed by blogsmaster)
Here is the event information:
COME THRU FOR CHEW
Come to an exciting FUNDRAISER for DANNY CHEW, creator of the DIRTY DOZEN BICYCLE RACE here in Pittsburgh, and lovingly known as The MILLION MILE MAN for his goal of riding a million miles on a bicycle in his lifetime. He was paralyzed last Fall in an accident while riding, when he suddenly passed out: https://www.greatbigstory.com/
stories/the-million-mile-manhttps://www.outsideonline.com/ 2138711/danny-chew-wont-let-pa ralysis-keep-him-riding-100000 0-miles
LOCATION & MUSEUM TOURS:
The event will be held on June 17th from 4-10pm, in the large parking lot in front of the World's Largest Bicycle Museum, BICYCLE HEAVEN, on the North Side (https://www.bicycleheaven.org
/). There will be tours of this massive historical collection throughout the event, and JOHNNY ANGEL'S MUSIC MUSEUM, (http://www.jaginchystuff.com/ ), is nearby and open until 6pm. The Museum is also located right behind the THREE RIVERS HERITAGE TRAIL, so you can even ride on the trail to the event!
ACTIVITIES & SPECIAL GUESTS:
4:00 - 6:00 pm:
Bicycle obstacle courses, activities and games for kids of all ages. Plus, ATTILA DOMOS, (unofficial, but soon to be official) world's-record holder for # of miles on a handcycle in a 24-hour period, and recent winner in the handcycling category of the Pittsburgh Marathon! He has pledged to bring two of his handcycles for people to try, and will participate in other creative ways later on in the program. (http://www.attiladomos.com/in
THROUGHOUT THE EVENT:
FOOD, BEER and WATER for sale.
BASKET RAFFLE and SILENT AUCTION, with some pretty incredible items, many related to bicycling.
DANNY CHEW (and Family) MEMORABILIA TABLE, with DANNY present at the event to tell the stories behind everything!
OTHER TABLES AND ACTIVITIES, TBA.
CHERYLANN HAWK sings Children's Songs with awesome drummer Pete Shell www.facebook.com/cherylannhawk
5:00 - 6:00pm:
JIM DONOVAN, drummer from "Rusted Root" & his lovely daughter, TUPELO https://www.tupelodonovan.com/
6:00 - 7:00pm:
FOR THOSE ABOUT TO ROCK ACADEMY http://www.post-gazette.com/lo
cal/west/2013/08/12/Academy-pr ovides-grooming-for-rock-s-nex t-generation/stories/201308120 101.
7:00 - 7:45pm:
PRESENTATION WITH & ABOUT DANNY, with special guests and dedications
7:45 - 8:15pm:
8:30 - 9:00pm:
CHERYLANN HAWK returns, with other great songs for grown-ups!
9:00 - 10:00pm:
STANDING WAVE with Steve Sciulli and Dennis Childers
MUSIC JAM and DANCE to close the night
Please join the fun, and for now, the conversation...Let us hear your ideas and any ways you want to get involved! We would especially love to hear from young people, especially teenagers who want to participate in the kids bicycle games, crafts and "safe obstacle course" area. When they are done with their 2-hour shift with the kids, the young musicians from the Rock Academy will be performing! PLUS, WE PLAN TO SERVE PIZZA (and BEER, for the adults...) around that time!
LET US HEAR YOUR STORIES!
If you know Danny personally and have had some adventures with him, we need your stories, either written or recorded via webcam, etc., for a power-point presentation that will be created in honor of the event. DEADLINE IS NEXT MONDAY, June 12th.Please send all entries to: DannyChewFundraiser@gmail.com.
Tickets can be purchased online: http://bit.ly/chewfundraiser
and are available at the door -
$10 Pre-Registration (until 6/16 ) for persons 12 and over
$15 at the Door
$5 Children 4 to 12 Under 4 Free
WE CAN ALSO USE ALL THE VOLUNTEER HELP WE CAN GET, BOTH BEFORE, DURING AND AFTER THE EVENT! Please let me know if you can help...DannyChewFundraiser@gma
Keep checking the facebook page for updates: https://www.facebook.com/event
Friday, June 09, 2017
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I just heard you will be visiting here in Paso Robles tomorrow. That's great. I look forward to meeting you. Let me just say thank you for creating and promoting this game. It is a lot of fun. This will be the second summer I will play SKWIM, with last year being the first.
So my SKWIM story started last year about this time. I had spent the last three years watching my son play water polo. I saw how much fun the boys were having and I wanted to play too. Though truth be told, water polo would be way too rough for me. But that still didn't stop me from wanting to play some type of team water sport. Sadly, actually frustratingly, there was no team water sport games that I could find. And I don't just mean I couldn't find any team water sport games in my town, but even through an internet search I could not find any meaningful team water sport games through out the world either. I think the closest I came was underwater hockey (seriously, it's game where you hold your breath and dive down to advance a weighted puck).
Then a few things happened. First, when I lamented my unresolved yearning for a water sport game to my coworker, he told me a little story. While vacationing in Washington on the lake shore one day, he came across some folks passing a yellow foam disc across the water. Those folks were very friendly and included my coworker in passing this disc among them. When the folks left, they said my coworker could hold on to the disc. Well, as you know, this yellow foam disc was a SKWIM disc. When my coworker told me about this, I looked SKWIM up on the internet and was immediately captivated. I so wanted to try SKWIM out. Problem was I needed a pool.
As it turns out, at this same time, our community pool was due to be reopened after five or so years of being closed due to budget issues. This pool would be perfect for SKWIM. It was just long enough and one could touch bottom the whole span so people with multiple swimming backgrounds could participate. I approached my city about the prospect of having SKWIM being played. I was soon put in contact with Lynda, who you now know. Together, the two of us brainstormed a way to make it work. We were able to squeeze in two sessions a week for a total of nine sessions. Everybody who played had a great time. SKWIM is just what I was looking for. It's a great non contact team game to play in the water. The spacing of the game is perfect and the way passes are made by gliding the disc across the water is amazing.
I don't know if you know much about our town, Paso Robles, but it can get really hot here in the summer. So having SKWIM during the summer was a fantastic experience. I am thrilled that we have the opportunity to play again this summer.
- Thanks for being a SKWIM pioneer!
- How did you find out about SKWIM?
- When did you first start to play some SKWIM?
- What is your watersports background?
- A Capo Beach guy? Surfer? Salt Creek 😊
- How did you get folks to first try it?
We are writing the original SKWIM Story Book.
- My family SKWIM story
- A game for the whole family
- Ways to play
- Safe Play / International Rules
- SKWIM Gear and care
- Play SKWIM / Learn to Swim
- Fin Swimming Saves More Lives
- SKWIM Certification
- C.A.R.E. Campaign
- Water Stories
In this "Water Stories" section we will publish multiple short stories; 250-500 words only, stories about safety, heroic rescues, enrichment, fulfilment, enlightenment, discovery, exploration, about the water. Bret: Can you share a story with us that we can publish – one of your most memorable times in the water!?
All the best,
Coach Kevin I. McCarthy
SKWIM® Global Development
CC: 1 - 425-802-2167 (USA)
Address: 1125 205th Avenue NE
Sammamish WA 98074-6654 USA
Transform your pool, your community, and public safety with SKWIM® game play!
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Water Safety, Spirit and Sportsmanship through SKWIM® Game Play
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Mark Rauterkus Mark@Rauterkus.com
PPS Summer Dreamers' Swim & Water Polo Camp Executive Coach
Pittsburgh Combined Water Polo Team
412 298 3432 = cell
Thursday, June 08, 2017
Fwd: This really upset me
He could have just written the first book (Swimming Fast) and been done. But no, he's improved his thinking to then write Swimming Faster, and then Swimming Fastest and now even his latest release.
If you don't know this by now let me be perfectly clear about our position at RITTER and what not only myself but the rest of our team's goal is:
We provide opportunities to learn to be a better coach or swimmer, not "right way" methods.
What we will not do is be the "gatekeepers" in deciding what is the "right way" to do something or the "wrong way" to do something. I'm certainly not smart enough to keep up with everything.
I am, I think skilled at finding those that are doing things differently and spotting great practitioners, who themselves are trying to continually get better.
A small example of this was a blog that Abbie our Technique Coach wrote about the multiple ways to pull in freestyle. Not the singular "right way" but the options to choose from depending on the circumstances.
Why do we take this approach?
Because the sport of swimming proves over and over again that there are so many ways to achieve success.
It's not about finding the singular "right way" and then everything magically falls into place.
What is necessary is knowing the principles of exercise science, stroke technique, nutrition and recovery. Then blend it altogether and be continually open to learning new things. There's continual evolution in our sport and so the "best" ways to train always shift over time.
As a coach if you ever feel you've "arrived" and figured it completely out, well that's either the moment you get left behind and/or it's when you start sending emails like the one I got yesterday.
If you listen to any handful of podcasts and especially in the Coaches Corner you'll hear really successful coaches continually say that they are still trying to figure it out. And whenever they feel certain there's usually a twist coming up soon.
A great example of this is currently featured in the Coaches Corner – Gregg Parini of Denison University. Gregg has been there a long time and been producing great results for a long time. But in multiple instances of the talks we done so far, it's always come up that complacency leads to lower performance, as a coach or a swimmer.
Gregg is always trying to figure out a better way and not comfortable with just copying what worked last season because they "figured it out."
Now please understand me too. I'm not saying that just because you get access to something like the School of Thought that you are required to believe everything and implement everything.
I think most of you don't make that mistake but if everyone knew that, well then I wouldn't get emails like I did yesterday.
It's always better to listen to other experts and get ideas and then decide how it fits into your program. That's the mindset we operate with here and the one I think is best for all coaches.
Learn. Test. Adapt. Repeat. That's basically the process of becoming a better coach. But if you stop learning or even being open to it then that you get stuck and stagnant.
So that brings us to the opportunity that you have now. With over 40+ hours of video lectures and discussion in the School of Thought Clinics there's a ton of opportunity for you to learn something here that you can apply to how you run your program.
And…… we just announced some awesome NEW Free Bonuses when you purchase any School of Thought Clinic.
Keep learning – ALWAYS and enjoy!