Author Archives: Jen Schumacher

The Art of Feeding

The Art of Feeding

 If you’re new to open water swimming or haven’t logged swim distances that more closely resemble something a runner might do, the term feeding may be unfamiliar. Like other marine creatures that spend significant time in the water, long distance … Continue reading

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Open Water: Do I Have To Cool Down?

In a follow up to the previous post on Tuesday, Warm Up, this post is all about cooling down after races. Although getting back in the cold open water is most likely the last thing you want to do after … Continue reading

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Open Water: What Warm Up?

Open Water: What Warm Up?

Two of the most overlooked aspects of performance – especially in open water swimming and triathlon – are warm up and cool down (Part 2 of this series). Too often, athletes spend all sorts of time setting up their transitions, … Continue reading

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Cross Training for Swimming

Cross training for swimming is a delicate balance. As any triathlete can tell you, too much running and cycling can decrease ankle flexibility (not great for your kick) and increase muscle mass in the legs to the point of changing … Continue reading

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Fear in Open Water

Fear in Open Water

           Have you ever lined up at the start of an open water race or triathlon only to find your heart rate skyrocketing beyond what you normally feel in a workout? Or perhaps you’ve had that … Continue reading

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Hold the Salt!

One of the most noticeable differences between pool and ocean swimming is the presence of salt water. For some, high salt concentrations can even be a deterrent to open water swimming. Fear not, here are some tips on what to … Continue reading

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Honing Your Open Water Skills in a Pool

Open water swimming is almost an entirely different sport than pool swimming. Not only can you make contact with other swimmers, but open water is much more susceptible to the elements. You can have large fluctuations in water temperature, surface … Continue reading

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Utilizing the Hydro Hip: A Core Workout

Utilizing the Hydro Hip: A Core Workout

One of the most important components of great freestyle is core strength. A developed core maintains proper body position in the water, keeps us stable, and allows us to use rotation to increase the power of each stroke. For open … Continue reading

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Polar Bear Dip: Open Water For The Winter

Swimmers are a different breed when it comes to New Year’s Day. Sure they go out and enjoy themselves the night before, doing all the things they claim they’ll never do again, but for some, New Year’s Day brings with … Continue reading

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A Holiday Swim Challenge – Motivation to Get to the Pool

For many swimmers and triathletes, the holiday season is one of the most difficult times to keep up with pool swimming. Most of us are bombarded with family gatherings, a hectic work schedule, and frantic shopping trips. The frigid outside … Continue reading

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