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  • Technique and Training

Why Training to Race is a Backward Approach

How do you know if your training is working unless you race to figure out what adjustments to make to your training?

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  • Technique and Training

Race Strategies That Work

Here are some simple ideas to help you figure out what feels best for you and gets you the best results. This is more art than science, and the guidelines are for races of 200 yards or more. (Sprints are addressed at the end.)

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  • Technique and Training

Kick Your Kick into Shape

When it’s time for a kick set, many of us grab a kickboard and get kicking—that’s usually my modus operandi anyway. But is kicking with kickboards the safest way for us to get our kicks in? “From a postural perspective, using...

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  • Technique and Training

What Your Pull Buoy Can Teach You

Who doesn’t love a nice, long freestyle pull set? You don’t have to kick, and you can concentrate on your stroke. It’s almost meditative. But you should pay close attention because your pull buoy can teach you a lot about all of you...

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  • Technique and Training

Why You Need a Pair of Fingertip Paddles

Many swimmers, especially the seasoned ones, have been taught that the best way to get better at swimming is to just swim. Although that’s essentially true, I think we can all agree that swimming is one of the most complex sports on the planet ...

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  • About USMS

USMS Elects At-Large Directors and Honors Members at 2018 Annual Meeting

U.S. Masters Swimming has concluded its 2018 annual meeting during the United States Aquatic Sports Convention in Jacksonville, Fla. In addition to committee meetings and rules and legislation reviews, USMS held at-large director elections and honore...

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  • Technique and Training

What to Do When You’re Not Having a Magical Day in the Pool

“I feel terrible,” you think to yourself while warming up for a workout. Do you listen to that voice? Ignore it? Wait and see if it goes away? Your response dictates how the rest of your swim can and should go. If that’s the voice i...

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  • Events

Valdivia, Hug Add Open Water National Titles to Resume

Ricardo Valdivia and Laurie Hug entered Saturday’s U.S. Masters Swimming Long Distance Open Water National Championship hoping to earn wins. They accomplished their lofty goals, with Valdivia swimming the top men’s time of 1 hour, 7 minut...

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  • Technique and Training

Three Secrets to Swimming Faster

Here are three ways to ramp up your speed.

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  • Open Water
  • Technique and Training

Finding Your Best Open Water Race in the Pool

Some careful and calculated pool sets will help you swim within yourself, race so you enjoy it, and make you as fast as you can be.