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Status report as of 2014/06/18 by Carl House. I've created a way to import data from USMS for use in the Mucky Duck and have used it for a dozen swimmers. In addition to better data, the identification of personal bests is improved and I think that is very important. Links to the recent work are in this page:

Personal bests seem very important to me because they help for motivation and measuring progress. "PB" is a current personal best in these reports and "pb" (lower case) was a personal best but has since been replaced by a faster swim. I like seeing the old ones on a report because they are all progress. I include data from workouts in my Mucky Duck reports and I actually get personal bests during workouts. Note the long list of "PB" and "pb" on the left side of that page. I try for a PB in every workout thanks to the coaching I got from George Schmidt and Scott Guthrie. I told Megan and Jason that I am thinking about how they can post workout times to a spreadsheet in Google and The Mucky Duck can download that to add to the USMS data. That would mean anybody can use the Mucky Duck for workout motivation.

You can look over your reports on the internet thru the above link. If you'd like to talk with me, I'll welcome it. Click on the E-Mail button on this page.

The reports I like show data packed tight so I can print them easily. These tight packed reports probably look unfriendly to others. My old format was more readable but I didn't like that it was very hard to print it on one page.

The big list of all the reports I've ever done is here:

At present, I am essential to the workings of The Mucky Duck. While there are several apps for keeping track of running workouts ( )I don't think there are any for swimming. If you know of one, please tell me. Obviously I'd love for The Mucky Duck to become an app anybody could use without me.

This announcement is probably obsolete since The Mucky Duck is not presently available for interactive use on-line: The Mucky Duck was on line to help in goal setting. Click here: .

How To Use The Mucky Duck

  1. When the application comes up (, click on "Run". It will verify that you have Microsoft's .NET Framework Resources and will download them if you don't have them. Your Windows firewall may block some features of the program, you should "Allow access". Then the "Input" form will come up.
  2. If you'd like, you can look at the data for other people; click the downward pointing triangle in the "Swimmer ID:" field and select on anybody's ID code. Then click the "Output" tab at the top and see an analysis of that person's times.
  3. To enter your data, click on "Clear Form" at the bottom, enter your SwimmerID and Name. Email is optional and Password is only needed to save data. Swimmer ID is meant to be the permanent portion of your USMS SwimmerID so someday we can add your times from swim meets reported to USMS, but actually you can enter any short code by which you'll remember yourself.
  4. Then enter whatever actual times you have. It is very important that you type in 6 digits for each time denoting minutes, seconds, and hundredths. The Duck needs two digits for minutes even if the time is under a minute, and it also needs two digits for hundredths of seconds even if you went 30 flat.
  5. Be sure to enter the "standard" against which your times should be compared, gender and age group. You probably gain time with each additional turn, so enter those assumptions if you wish.
  6. The obvious use of this is to record and learn from your actual performance in swim meets, but some people use it with their best efforts in swim workouts. That can make it a motivator for constant use, perhaps for someone restarting their competitive life and figuring out what times they might be able to swim.

Status and Planned Improvements

(click on the plus signs to expand and reveal the list)

Computational errors to be fixed:
Programming flaws to be fixed:
Weaknesses in our logic:
Standards for goal setting:

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