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Vlog the Inhaler, or The Occasional Video Blog Musings of Jim Thornton

As soon as I acquire certain required technical skills, with luck by the year 2027, I hope to begin posting occasional video blog musings on the world of competitive swimming as it is being experienced by a specimen now aged 56 (and 75 in 2027).

For the foreseeable future, these vlogs are likely to be 2-D. But as soon as holographic film technology becomes available, subscribers will be able to watch me swim, put on difficult body suits with the help of ointments, swallow an increasingly multitudinous number of cardiovascular and psychiatric medications, and demonstrate the various other essential skills of the ripening male masters swimmer.

I will, if space and interest allows, also post vlogs about my fellow swimmers that I meet and stalk at various meets. An example of this can be found here, which I posted previously on the regular forum. It is about the magnificent Leslie Livingston and was made with the help of my twin brother John.


I invite you to enjoy!

  1. Request predictions! How low will USMS records go by 2070?

    by , August 8th, 2020 at 01:56 PM (Vlog the Inhaler, or The Occasional Video Blog Musings of Jim Thornton)
    It's been a while since I have posted anything on my blog, and I suspect whatever readership I might have once had has withered away to practically nothing.

    But for you few putative (or imaginary) stalwarts who have faithfully awaited a new post in the once immensely popular Vlog the Inhaler blog, I humbly beseech your help.

    I am writing a story for Swimmer magazine on where USMS records are likely to be 50 years from now.

    There are a total of 1800+ individual pool records possible, so to narrow things down, I'm concentrating on two events in two age groups: the 100 yards free and the 400 yard IM in age groups 45-49 and 65-69.

    The current records here are pretty amazing, and the curves showing the trajectories since USMS began 50 years ago suggest there is likely plenty of room to drop.

    If you could send me your email address to , I will send you my little prediction form plus graphs of the record trends. Thanks in advance.

    Alternatively, you could just post your predictions here. In any event, I need to have my story in by the 15th, so please act with some alacrity! Again, thanks so much in advance.

    PS if you could include any rationale
    behind your predictions (mathematical analysis, guess work, gut feeling, whatever) that would be fantastic!

    Note: current records and record holders are in red below.

    Name: _______________________

    Your predictions for records by 2070:

    Men 100 Free

    Now:45-49 (N. Grainger: 46.21) 65-69 (R. Abrahams: 49.42)

    By 2070 _________________ _________________

    Women 100 Free

    Now: 45-49 (E. Braun: 51.99) 65-69 (L. Val: 57.88)

    By 2070: _______________ _________________

    Men 400 IM

    Now:45-49 (N. Grainger: 4:01.32) 65-69 (R. Colella: 4:30.64)

    By 2070: ___________ _____________________

    Women 400 IM

    Now: 45-49 (K. Pipes-Nielsen: 4:32.87) 5-69 (L. Val: 5:21.70)

    By 2070: ___________ __________________

    Rationale for your choices: