The following blog is not, in fact, written by Chris DeSantis, as blogger may indicate. We are still working on getting Lisa Stephens up with access to the blog. Please excuse our technical difficulties.
So Huey, Duey and Louie and asked me to blog with them and I've agreed. Since accepting I was hoping for (at the bare minimum) a large Edibles basket delivered to my door or tickets to the 400IM final inbut since I don't think that will be happening, I assure you, I'm just happy to have a forum for swim fans to have a voice here on Swim Brief.
So who am I? I'm not a swimmer. I never was a swimmer. At my age I certainly will never be a swimmer. I am a fan and a swim mom. My professional swim experience is limited to teaching 3-4 year olds "Water is Fun!" at Camp JCC in in the mid 80's. (If you were one of my students please get in touch with me here. I'd love to know if you now swim at the elite level thanks to my tutelage.) But I love swimming. Swimming is my sport. So my blogs will be from a fan's perspective. There are many others (including the 3 Ding Dongs that write for this blog) who do a fantastic job at hard-hitting analysis so I'm going to keep letting them do that. This will be something different.
Full disclosure: I was nervous to enter their contest and I'm not one to get scared off very easily. I had 3 babies in 3 minutes (yes, triplets)- so I have plenty of balls- but the world of swimming isn't that big and, let's face it, it can be a little insular. Most people who write about swimming have swum competitively at some point and are usually still involved in the sport as a coach or commentator. Honestly, it's intimidating because you, the fan, don't want to be seen as some kind of shmuck. Well, guess what. I'm here to tell you you're not. You're smart. If you weren't you wouldn't follow a sport that requires you to understand decimals (Phelps beats Cavic in .01 seconds) and you have to have a basic understanding of geometry: arms need to be in a horizontal plane. In other sports you just have to add. One team scores 3 and the other team scores 4. The team with 4 wins. ( I'm being overly-simplistic here but you get my point.) Lactic acid? Maybe you don't know what it is and why it's important but you know what....you give a poo enough to find out. Does that make you not legit? No, just the opposite. It means you care. It means you're a good FAN. Not everyone can be Chris DeSantis and know everything about everything. Some of us just have to try harder.
So let's make it rain, party people. I still plan on making good my promise/threat to write a 10,000 word blog entry titled, "Ryan Lochte's Speedo Colors" that the guys WILL publish along with the 765 pictures I attach. I've already had a request to do a blog on our fabulous Team USA women who are bad-ass -to-the-max that I can't wait to write. Thanks to everyone who read my contest entry and commented, 'liked' and racked up views. If you have any ideas you want me to write about let me know:or @fortomorrow10 on twitter. Please 'like' us, follow us, tell fellow swim fans!!! We've got some things in the works for you guys; some contests and fun stuff. I think I've convinced Gustafson to do a kissing booth at Trials with proceeds going to Make a Splash and the Swim Brief bar bill. Will keep you posted.