[euswpc-swim] Shower Time!

October 12, 2011 at 11:07 pm (life!, randoms, swim, american football)

Hey all!


We should be doing this anyway but AS a result of a recent investigation into the ventilation at the pool, concerning the inhibiting effect of CL gas, every bather at the pool MUST SHOWER before entering the POOL.  This is after four ‘special engineers’ looked at the cleanliness of the pool. Apparently, because the pool is so clean, when people sweat they release impuritites that react with the pool chlorine to form a gas.  By showering they hope to remove some of the impurities to limit the production of the CL gas. This also applies to public swimming as well.

Everybody understand that yes? SO basically make sure you are down at the pool early enough so that you are SHOWERED and READY to get in the pool ON TIME!

Siobhan aka Chav x

the email made me LOL.


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New Swimming Plan

February 17, 2011 at 6:19 pm (life!, swim, american football)


what a good reason for me to get an Xbox Kinect in my room.

unrelated, but i’ve been entered for the 25m breast, 4×25 freestyle relay and
8×25 mixed freestyle relay taking place at King’s College ULU Gala tomorrow!

too bad i’m already going for Maroon 5’s gig as well tomorrow night so i can’t swim. tiny bummer!

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London Bowl

January 4, 2011 at 7:51 pm (friends, life!, pictures, swim, american football)

as promised, pictures from our big match! thanks to Coach Spence, and some random iphone snaps in the locker room prior to the game.

needless to say, we were all really hyped up for this game as Kings have always been our biggest rivals; that they bought a trophy just for this match didn’t help matters.

Jackson Xing! our centre and snap. he raps Eminen awesomely, which is quite amusing coz he raps English way better than he speaks English. hahah i practise speaking Chinese with him sometimes so that i don’t forget how to completely. but seriously the whole team loves him. team mascot!

Al, LB and Tino, fellow running backs; Micheal who taught me how to do the squid and snail hand thingys when someone is hi-fiving or fist punching you (hilarious), and Matt wide receiver.

Rob our quarterback. getting some Micheal Jackson moves on here hahah

football kit in the changing room

lunch! game days usually start with some football practice, then a packed lunch we bring along (CARBS!), warm-up and then the game proper.

lining up before the team is called. this happens every game.

some of our cheerleaders heh

team captains!


everyone in position and Rob prepared to take the snap from Jackson.

it looks like a massive brawl on the left of the picture, while Rob swings out to release the pass.

Rob gets a bear hug from the opposing defense. lucky he’s already released the ball, otherwise it’s a sack.

Maciej at work (yes same 106 kg guy who hit me first day of training). fantastic technique to bring down the ball carrier here. he’s probably our best tackler.

team huddle for the next play call.

forgot what i was doing here (yellow boots). probably tracking back to block someone after a punt return.

half time!

‎Coach James: “what do you mean you don’t like my sunglasses!?”

linesmen getting some instructions from Coach Franco and Coach Thom

with Zubin and Dan Groszek!

i love how 52 is grabbing someone by the helmet. hahaha its probably Quirin, our German linesman. that guy is as big as a bear.

and the aftermath.

this picture rocks. our defense did a great job preventing their offence from scoring, with the final score 20-0 to us after 3 touch downs and a converted field goal.

Home Away
Imperial Immortals 26 29 Surrey Stingers
Royal Holloway Bears 0 12 Imperial Immortals
Imperial Immortals 20 14 LSBU Spartans
Kings College Regents 0 20 Imperial Immortals

3rd in the league going into 2011 after 3 wins and a narrow loss to the Stingers! am particularly looking forward to the match against Southampton as it will be an away game for us, which means that we will have to travel down to Southampton for the game. i’ve been wanting to go back there for a visit quite a while now, (as i grew up there) and it does seem the perfect chance to do so this time. the game will be another matter though as they have a really strong team and are one of the favourites to make the finals, but we’ll see how it goes!

and finally a random team picture at Hyde park after practise. hanging out with the team and cheerleaders is such a blast.

lately the whole bunch of guys on the team have developed this bizarre obsession with my thighs (makes me cringe just to type this), with George, Geoff, Rob and Tom being the main perpetrators – “how heavy are the weights you squat?” “no seriously – George wants to get your thighs dude. tell us how you do it.”
“what swimming? okay you’ve got it. we are all going swimming together from now on. i’m just going to grab a kickboard and go kicking for 50 laps everyday. 50 laps everyday.”

unfortunately it manifested in a big way during the last Christmas dinner at 3 Kings, a pub just down the road from my place with Tom Rhoades going round trying to get every single one of the cheerleaders to feel up my thighs –
Tom: ok feel my thighs. now go feel his in comparison.
Cheerleaders: we don’t just go about feeling up random guys thighs!
Tom: alright then. Deli, Cheryl, Mari…etcetc. meet Ethan. Ethan, meet Deli, Cheryl, Mari…etcetc.

-silent pause-

Tom: ok great we are all friends now. now go feel his thighs.

and then we were playing this really retarded game invented by Rob called one-inch punch. basically you sit in a circle of 4 and do the Bruce Lee one-inch punch thing on the guy next to you until someone folds out. withdrawing your hand to a distance greater than 1 inch before making the punch results in a penalty in the form of an extra punch from the guy you committed the offence against.

luckily for me, i had Maciej and Tino next to me – no one else had wanted to get in the same round as Maciej. he kindly left me a nice bump on my forehead for the next 4 days after a proper punch to the head. (he had withdrawn his hand, not that the penalty i got against him was going to help any to making the bump disappear).

i still thought the game was retarded at the end of it. Tino, on the other hand, had the widest grin ever plastered right across his face. (“this might just be the best game ever invented”).
now seriously.

hahah but it’s memories like these with the team that i guess i’ll never forget.

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ULU Gala Race

November 27, 2010 at 11:54 pm (life!, med, school, swim, american football)

25 m butterfly
25 m breast
50 m breast
4 x 25 freestyle
4 x 50 freestyle
4 x 50 medley (i did butterfly)
8 x 25 freestyle
8 x 50 mixed freestyle

completely knackered at the end, as i was put down for 3 events but ended up doing the above 8 events. we were up against swimmers from Kings and Queen Marys; it’s funny how the competition involves Imperial, Kings and Queen Marys – maybe it should be called the royalties swimming competition instead (pretty sure i’m missing something a lot wittier there but oh well).

Imperial came in first overall, and our randomly cobbled-together relay team surprisingly managed to place second for the 25 m freestyle relay. very unexpected, given that the only 3 races i had intended to do didn’t include freestyle (although i somehow ended up doing it for half my events anyway). it was really good fun though, and i made a number of new friends.

all in all it has been a really crazy week leading up to the weekend (explaining my prolonged absence from this blog, sorry Matt!!) as i had swim on Monday, a gym session and swim on Tuesday and Wednesday, American football on Thursday, swim again on Friday and the race today, followed by American football training again tomorrow at Hyde Park. speaking of which, we won against the Southbank Spartans in overtime for the last match. it was really close right till the final whistle, which finished 20-14 to us.

the weather in London is also starting to get freezing cold, with temperatures averaging -3 degrees Celsius this past week. didn’t stop me from rocking up to training in shorts and flip-flops on Friday though. hahah it’s like standard hit-the-pool attire for me.

last Friday at Northwick Park Hospital also concluded my first 10-week gastro firm for the year. i’ve enjoyed being on wards thoroughly; managed to learn a great deal from being with Dr Pitcher and team. did quite a bit during my time there as well, from taking histories to conducting various systemic examinations, and from interpreting chest x-rays to cannulation, catherization and abdominal drains. it’s a month of clinical specialties lectures at Charing Cross hospital next, followed by my 2nd surgical firm at Chelsea West.

everything’s starting to get really Christmasy too, which is brilliant because i love Christmas! there’s Christmas lights at Oxford and Regent Street, ice-skating at the Natural History museum, Winter Wonderland at Hyde Park, Christmas sales and hordes of frantic shoppers everywhere, Last Christmas by Wham! on the radio, and supposedly, snow really really soon. the grass is starting to get all iced over and crunchy, and it’s apparently already snowing most of Britain apart from London.

i’ve got this Christmas playlist on my ipod that i basically listen to all year round. hahah kinda sneaky, but it does feel good to be in that mood every now and then. it doesn’t seem too long ago when Jin was giving me stick for putting the playlist on in April, all throughout the exams revision period. can’t believe it’s approaching again this quick, not that i’m complaining!

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Chunky Dunking

November 19, 2010 at 7:47 pm (life!, pictures, swim, american football)


like skinny dipping, but for fat people.

upcoming ULU Gala next Saturday for London universities. going to be doing the 25m butterfly, 50m breast and 4 x 25 or 50m medley relay, depending on what the swim cap decides to put me in. am really just entering to make up the numbers, but at least i can feel myself finally getting a bit of fitness back after all the crazily intensive lap x 10000000 trainings – just about in time too for the race.


it’s been kind of a fine balance between swim trainings and American football so far, as we have game days for the latter on most Sundays and swim trainings on Saturdays. it means i usually have to decide whether to make the Saturday training (on top of the Monday and Friday trainings) and risk being exhausted for the football game the next day. case in point – we did something like 8 sets of 6 x sprints and ended with a relay last Saturday. Sergio is crazy; his idea of a “fun game” at the end of the session is always some other twisted training exercise. hahah but he is such a funny Italian.

big game coming up this Sunday against the Southbank Spartans; time to rewrite movie history!


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Friday Night Lights

November 5, 2010 at 2:15 am (friends, life!, swim, american football)

when the boys all come out to play.

American football today was really good. i scored 2 touchdowns out of 3 tries in a Defensive-line/Offensive-line set up, but got scraped a bit at the elbows and wrist during the one unsuccessful play. bleeding wasn’t the issue actually, the main sticky bit was getting blood all over a borrowed white Nike tee-shirt from another guy at training. used a paper towel and sellotape to cover it up when i got home because the wound was too big for a normal plaster. the end result was pretty funny because the brown sellotape looked so ridiculously silly; what wasn’t so funny was realizing that we had all the stethoscopes, patella hammers and neurotips in the world, but not a single Hansaplast plaster in sight.

a number of guys attempted to point out to me that i was bleeding in a rather messy fashion while on the tube along the way back. maybe they thought i hadn’t noticed because i appeared fairly nonchalant about a still-dripping wound.

“dude you are BLEEDING! are you alright?”
“yeah it’s fine…i’m not going into shock or anything” – then quickly realizing that shock really refers to what you experience watching Busty Heart do her thing on Germany’s Got Talent for the first time (and not what i had intended), hence the blank stares i got in reply.

we had a new running back coach today (Ryan our American coach is on holiday), who’s also coaching the London Cobras, one of the top 3 teams in London. he told me i was one of the fastest, if not the fastest player in the team. everyone seems to be telling me that lately –

“mate you are f***ing fast, like by the time he turned around to tackle you after you went past him you were already twice his distance.”
“i’ll down a few cans of red bull beforehand so i can try and keep up with you next session.”

slightly bemusing as i honestly don’t think i’m THAT quick, but if you want my secret, i think wearing bright yellow boots help. seriously.


like these ones...

anyway contrary to what most people think, you don’t just get huge guys randomly clattering into each other (à la Holly wood’s portrayal) in American football; the gameplay itself is more a combination of chess and rugby. said aspect of the sport is what really appeals to me, in a similar manner to how chess boxing does.

everyone on the field begins each play in a carefully specified position, and right before the play starts, no movement is allowed from that position (or it’s a penalty). it’s like positioning your pieces in chess – you want your big guys in front as a row of defence for your quarterback and running back. when the play starts you want those players to move into certain spaces to create the best openings for the ball-carrier to run into, hopefully resulting in a touchdown if he manages to reach the end-zone.

the permutations of positions and plays resulting from the different strategies that teams employ are countless, with each team setting up his 11 offensive or defensive players to counter the other team’s. we’ve got a 45-page long play book for our season this year, with a million diagrams that we’ve got to learn by heart for offense alone; don’t know how i’m going to manage every single one of them.

by the time i got back from training at Harlington sports ground it was past 11 pm. had to quickly whip up some dinner and psych myself up for swim training again the next day. hope i’ll still get to train, given my real potential of bleeding into the pool. guess i’ll just have to convince them that the brown sellotape is holding up a lot better then it looks.

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