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  • 7 Sep 2020 1:41 PM | Christina Lorenson (Administrator)

    The personal account of the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida, can be appreciated by swimmers and non-swimmers alike.  It is a story of someone who overcame childhood trauma to be an exceptional athlete and an example of extreme determination, innovation, and a refusal to give up.  As an open water swimmer, is was a pleasure to read about her experiences during her earlier open water swimming career, as well as her many Cuba attempts.  It's hard to imagine anyone enduring what was necessary for her accomplishment.

    My only struggle while reading this book was wrestling with the number or sacrifices required from other people.  The amount of money, resources, and unpaid volunteer hours that were necessary is staggering. I personally would not have felt worthy of so much. To her credit she does acknowledge that it was a team effort. 

    I would recommend this book to anyone who swims or enjoys a story about the triumph of the human spirit. Anyone who has read the book, I would love to hear your thoughts below.

  • 22 Apr 2020 5:58 AM | Christina Lorenson (Administrator)

    One of the joys of swimming in the ocean are the ever changing conditions. No two days are alike.  One challenge to swimmers new to open water are big waves.  Mastering strategies to handle these conditions will strengthen your open water swimming skills and give you great satisfaction when you successfully tackle rougher seas. 

    Bilateral breathing:  Being able to breathe on both side of your body will allow you to breath away from waves coming from one side.  Many swimmers only feel comfortable breathing to the same side, usually their more dexterous side.  The best way to learn is to force yourself to breathe to the opposite side. Eventually you will be more comfortable When in the pool or in calm open water conditions, only allow yourself to breathe to the side that you are not comfortable.  Then practice  breathing ever other side - in other words, right then left, then right etc.  While there has been some pool competitors that have been successful with one sided strokes, regularly bilateral breathing will create less imbalances and overuse injuries.

    Breathing speed: Being able to take in air quickly will allow your mouth to be open a shorter time and have less opportunity to get hit with a mouthful of water. The first step to quickening your breath is emptying your lungs underwater by blowing bubbles out of your mouth or nose. Then the only thing you have to do is take in air.

    Breathing rate: Being able to go longer between breaths can be another valuable tool.  There will be times where you want to take a breath but you can feel a wave hitting and need to delay longer.  Drills that will help you with this skill are practicing breathing every 5th and then every 7th stroke (this also forces you to breath on every other side!)

    Diving under waves:  It is more efficient to go under larger waves then over them. The best way to master this skill is to practice in waves. When you are approaching a wave point your head down and slightly dive to bring your body under the water and wave. 

    Have a resting stroke strategy:  This skill is helpful for any time you start to panic or get short of breath.  Most people use back stroke or breast stroke as their resting stroke as they allow more access to air and visibility.  Practice each to find out which feels right to you.

    That brings us to our last point, eventually you are going to have to practice in rougher conditions to get a feel for how to apply these skills. You will also learn to read the water and how to cope in the times you get a mouth full of water (and you will get a mouth full of water at some point).

    Happy Swimming!


  • 13 Apr 2020 2:37 PM | Christina Lorenson (Administrator)

    The COVID-19 has closed pools nationally and has postponed local to world wide events including the Summer Olympics.  This has swimmers scrambling for what to do during this forced hiatus. 

    One answer: Dry Land Training. An often overlooked part of swim training, now is a good opportunity to work on strength and flexibility outside of the pool. While the gyms are also closed, there are plenty of strength, core and flexibility routines that can be done at home with little equipment. 

    Dry land training resources:

    USMS Dryland exercises to do at home

    USMS Members COVID 19 Resource page

    Free Yoga for Swimmers with Jeff Grace

    Yoga for Swimmers

    Workout videos with Class 4 USMS Coach and Marathon Swimmer Charlotte Brynn

    H2Go Fitness Dryland Workout For Swimmers

    20 Minute Dryland Workout for Swimmers

    Swim Outlet Dry Land Workouts on Instagram

    GoSwim Dryland Videos

    MySwimPro Dryland Training







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