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CLASSIC – Go Swim Open-Water Links

&sDESCRIBE THE IMAGE Mooseman…Memphis in May… Escape from Alcatraz… Great Chesapeake Bay Swim. Some of the biggest and most popular triathlons and open-water swims are less than a month away. These early-season races are fun, but they present a unique challenge: How do you prepare for open water when it’s too cold to train in your local lake or ocean? In this article, we’ve assembled all of the Go Swim drills, articles, products, and product reviews that can help you get ready for open water while you’re still on dry land… or while you’re still in your heated pool with lane lines. Read on….

I know one group of swimmers who are preparing for the Great Chesapeake Bay Swim by doing outdoor swims in their local pool (currently 60 degrees) before it officially opens (at 78 degrees) on Memorial Day, and another braving their first open water swim this weekend. That’s dedication. But it shows that with a little creativity, you can find ways to prepare for open water, no matter where you live. So enjoy the links, get signed up for an open-water race or tri, and Go Swim!

DRILLS
FREESTYLE: Click & Go

FREESTYLE: Fingertip Drag

FREESTYLE: Breathe Every Stroke

FREESTYLE: Great Flutter Kick

FREESTLE: Timing the Kick

FREESTYLE: Head-Up Quick Catch

TRIATHLON/OPEN WATER: Hip Drafting

TRIATHLON/OPEN WATER: Triathlon Start

TRIATHLON/OPEN WATER: Breaststroke Sighting

DRYLAND
Stretch-Cord Freestyle

High-Elbow Freestyle Recovery Stretch

S-T-R-E-T-C-H

PRODUCTS
Go Swim Freestyle with Karlyn Pipes-Neilsen

Open Water Swimming: Skills, Techniques & Racing Tips, by Michael Collins with Gerry Rodriguez

Go Swim All Strokes with Kaitlin Sandeno and Erik Vendt

Go Swim Freestyle and Backstroke Drills

DESCRIBE THE IMAGE PRODUCT REVIEWS/POOL TOOLS
Finis Center-Mount Snorkel

Swim Tether: Stretch-Cord One Spot

Swim Tether: Stretch-Cord Speed

Tempo Trainer: It’s All About Rhythm

Zoomers

PDF Fins

OPEN-WATER TECHNIQUE
Three Golden Rules for Triathlon Swim Training, by Andreas

Keys to Open-Water Sighting

Swimming with Porpoise

Dining Out, by Don Walsh

DESCRIBE THE IMAGE TRAINING
What Kind of Kick Should I Use?

How Many Strokes Should I Take?

Timed Swims and Fun Ways to Use Them

GENERAL
Why Do I Swim?

Pre-Flight Checklist, by Don Walsh

The Plunge!

How to Handle Muscle Cramps

Creature of the Week

LINKS TO TRIATHLON AND OPEN-WATER RACE CALENDARS
USA Triathlon

United States Masters Swimming