Smart Girls Who Do Stupid Things

Sometimes…

Old People Swimming, Young People Swimming

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1. Forget Michael Phelps. Ever since whenever he was hotter than Phelps (answer: always) Ryan Locte has been the main man who does a beautiful backstroke. Also he and Michael are friends who sing along to the same headphone music, so we’re all good, right?!

I want to personally thank Edith Zimmerman at The Hairpin for reminding me of Lochte’s existence (the former competitive swimmer within me only really comes out in full-force during Olympics season), as well as pointing out this video, during which we learn that Ryan has his own sequined green sneakers that say LOCHTE on the bottom of them

SwimOutlet.com I buy my suits from you! Now stop playing the “take your marks” noise, it’s making me flinch and almost prepare to dive.

2. So synchronized swimming is pretty different from other swimming, but the Aquadettes do share some skills with me, mainly, being badass and loving the water.

Aquadettes from California is a place. on Vimeo.

“But that’s when I got started on the medical marijuana, and it was the difference between staying alive and killing myself.” Woah. Did not see that coming. You go Margo. She says, “control is a really important part of my life.” I feel that.

I need a pool.

Isaac Mizrahi, Get It Together

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“I’m not the biggest sleeper in the world, so usually on Sunday mornings I’m waiting for the pool on 43rd Street to open; if I could swim there at 5 a.m., I’d go, but on Sundays it doesn’t open until 8. I swim for 20 minutes every morning. It used to be 40 minutes, but as my age reveals, I’m way too old to swim for 40 minutes.”

My mom swims at the same pool as him, and neglected to mention this to me until very recently. She reports that he most definitely has cut down his workout as of late. But might I say to Isaac: Dude, she’s older than you are and rocking through 80 laps a day. Get your act in gear.

Sunday Ritual: A Day ‘to Cure What Ails You’ [NYT]

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