Fact #1: He's proudly South African

Here's the mascot for the FIFA Soccer (football if you're a Pom) World Cup taking place in South Africa in 2010. "ZA" is the country code, "kumi" translates into "10" in various languages. Zakumi is (in case you can't tell) a leopard. And Zakumi is on the first can of Coke I'm about to knock back post my Caveman month.

Of course it is before my evening swim so the exercise should cancel out the sugar rush. My swim session is as follows (in case you are chomping at the bit to know the secrets of the zen-master):

500 metre warm up
500 kick
500 pull buoy
500 time trial (7m15s is my best)
500 catch up with paddles
500 warm down

It's pretty simple and to the point. No time for anything fancy shmancy.

No rest for the wicked,


  1. Not sure what language the 1st paragraph was written in....but that swimming routine you got is impressive. As for me, I can't even swim. I'm afraid of water.

  2. South Africans have a diverse way of putting things down in writing, so my apologies for the strangeness of the words. Bear in mind South Africa has 11 official languages (Sepedi, Sesotho, Setswana, siSwati, Tshivenda, Xitsonga, Afrikaans, English, isiNdebele, isiXhosa and isiZulu). I had to wikipedia that!

    Swimming is like being on another planet. No gravity, little sound, and the feeling of total immersion brings peacefulness into an otherwise chaotic life.

    LRC - you must learn how to swim, even if just one length! You don't know what you are missing.


  3. I was just teasing you about your enthusiasm for sports speak is a language of its own...Ya, apparently I'm not as funny as I think I am...Impressive about the languages and even more impressive that you could spell them all....Ya got to put "learn to swim" on my list....not afraid of water just afraid of drowning...