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  • Technique and Training

What You Need to Know About Swimming While Traveling

Whether you’re a casual sojourner or a road warrior, you still have to get your swim in. Many times, this is a big ask. Over a few decades of coaching Masters and speaking with swimmers who have managed swimming and traveling, there are a few t...

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  • Open Water

Ready for Another Open Water Race

My first thought when I saw U.S. Masters Swimming’s 2-Mile Cable Open Water National Championship would be just 10 miles from my house was that this was great. I signed up months in advance, which gave me enough time to put together a training ...

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  • Coaches Only

Healthy Daily Habits for Success as a Masters Coach

It can be a stressful and demanding lifestyle, but there are things you can do to reduce the stress in your daily routine. Creating healthy habits for yourself can make coaching a lot of fun.

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  • Coaches Only

How Coaches Can Help Their Athletes Through Injuries

Let’s look at ways coaches can help swimmers overcome life’s inevitable setbacks.

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  • Open Water

From the Pool to the Open Water

More than 320 athletes swam in the serene waters of Lake Berryessa near Sacramento, Calif., on June 1 to participate in an annual 2-mile open water race, this year’s venue for the U.S. Masters Swimming Middle-Distance Open Water National Champi...

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  • Health and Nutrition

What Swimmers Need to Know About Sports Drinks

Here are a few things to consider when deciding whether you need a sports drink—which provides energy in the form of carbohydrates and replaces electrolytes lost in sweat—or just plain water the next time you’re getting into the wat...

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  • Triathlon

Three Common Pitfalls for Triathletes to Avoid When Entering the Pool

Although there’s no substitute for actual open water training, here are a few tips to keep in mind when you’re in a pool working toward your triathlon goals.

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  • Open Water

How to Become Acclimated to Open Water Swimming

People raised on beaches love plunging into ponds, lakes, and oceans. But some who have only swum in lap pools can find open water frightening. How can you learn to be comfortable without lane stripes, walls, or the smell of chlorine?

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  • Open Water

Five Open Water Swimming Training Drills

The best way to better your open water swimming skills is to swim regularly in the open water. While you’re out there, take time to really improve by incorporating some important open water drills. These drills can help you fine tune your open ...

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  • Triathlon

How to Maximize Your Triathlon Swim Start

Here’s what you need to know to be safe in triathlon’s most chaotic moment: the start of the swim.