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How to Fit and Swim in a Wetsuit

If you’re thinking about swimming in a wetsuit, here’s what you need to consider.

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  • Open Water
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How To Swim Open Water Year-Round

Winter is coming. Though you might be sweltering now, seasons will change and air and water temperatures will plummet. And as those currently cozy temps dip, many swimmers will be forced out of the oceans, lakes, and rivers and into indoor pools arou...

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  • Open Water

How to Draft in Open Water Races

As a well-documented slacker myself, I have been a lifelong fan of letting other people do the work while I reap the benefits. Therefore, I am a huge fan of drafting (in swims done when there’s not a global pandemic that necessitates social dis...

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How to Shift Your Swimming Goals to 2021

For most open water swimmers, the 2020 season has been anything but ordinary. Nearly all of us got tossed out of our usual pools and training routines in mid-March because of the novel coronavirus pandemic, just as we were building up to longer dista...

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What to Know About Sun Safety If You’re Swimming Outside

You may have transitioned to swimming outdoors this year in response to indoor pools being closed or limiting capacity to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. If you’ve found a safe place to swim outside, that’s great. However, in t...

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How Open Water Swimmers Can Become More Comfortable With Bilateral Breathing

Most Masters coaches have probably shouted themselves hoarse over the issue of bilateral breathing once or twice in their lives. And there’s a reason most of them are so emphatic that swimmers adopt this skill and get comfortable with it.

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What to Look Out for When Selecting a New Open Water Site

Water is perhaps the most powerful force on the planet. It has literally moved mountains, carved valleys, and destroyed civilizations throughout the ages. For swimmers, it’s our element, sure, but it absolutely demands the appropriate level of ...

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How to Ditch the Wetsuit

Polly Madding looked out across the Boston Harbor in 2017 and wondered why she couldn’t swim there. A little research later, she learned that she actually could and signed up for her first open water event on June 4, 2017. She purchased a sleev...

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How to Prepare for a Cold Open Water Swim

No competent event director should knowingly put athletes in an environment that would compromise their health. But when conditions are within acceptable temperature ranges for an event, it falls on you to make sure you’re ready for the swim.

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What to Know About Early-Season Open Water Swimming

If you’re able to safely access open water, this might be a good option. But bear in mind a few important points of consideration before you go marching off to your local swimming hole.

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