We have open-water swimming on our minds this week, after watching two thrilling 10K races at the London Olympics. To honor the world's best distance swimmers, and in remembrance of one who could not be in London, this week's set is a distance set shared with us by Fran Crippen when we filmed him in 2010.
With the weather getting warmer (HOT & HUMID), we have to remember to throw in some good open water skills into the regular training.
Sometimes even planning a practice means nothing when 35 people show up and you have access to 4 lanes. Just have to improvise.
There's a certain loneliness about training for open-water swimming, especially when you do your training in a pool. This drill serves multiple purposes to teach and help break the monotony that comes with 5,000-meter swims.
This week's pic is of our favorite open-water swimmer, Fran Crippen.
So the winter is upon us and it's time to go indoors to practice swimming. How does a good open-water swimmer or triathlete learn effective skills indoors?
Got a late-season Ironman or Half IM or open-water swim coming up? This week's set will help you hone many important open-water skills while getting in some yardage and having fun.
Swimmers on the Masters team that I coach have a big triathlon this weekend (in Fairlee, VT). Thinking that they might need a bit of taper today, I gave them the following set, which isn't too strenuous, but provides lots of opportunities to practice drafting, sighting, and bilateral breathing.
My niece, MaryTaylor, has raised enough money to head north for the Greenwich, CT Swim Across America, but she needs your help to make me work harder.
For those looking for fun open water swims, and those looking to give back to the community, and do some great things for humanity... this week's question is for you.
Available immediately, get access to the entire Go Swim Open Water with Fran Crippen video online, anywhere in the world, anytime you want it. Unlimited viewing! - Updated with a link to a tremendous tribute to Fran.
Open-water technique like you've never seen it before! - Updated with a link to a tremendous tribute to Fran.
The Fort Myers Estero Open Water Festival will be hosting the first annual Crippen Mile Open Water Swim at Fort Myers Beach on Saturday, June 11, 2011.