Author Archives: Mallory Mead

Off Season Swim Training for Triathletes

Off Season Swim Training for Triathletes

It is now October, which means most triathletes are done with their competitive season.  Of those athletes, many will stop swimming completely as they back off of their training for the winter. Come spring time, they will surely find that … Continue reading

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Tracking & Logging in Open Water

In Tracking and Logging Your Training I blogged about the importance of keeping and studying a training log for clues about ways to tweak your training program. Tracking and logging training swims begins to take on a whole new level … Continue reading

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Tracking and Logging Your Training

Tracking and Logging Your Training

Congratulations, you just turned out a stellar performance at your last meet or competition.  From the second you entered the water, you were riding high, feeling strong, and confident.  Now its over and you are starting up your training again, … Continue reading

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Tempo Trainer 3rd Mode: Two Goals, Four Ways

The term “Strokes Per Minute” is familiar amongst open water swimmers.  Advertised course distances can be misleading due to currents, chop, wind, drifting buoys, and navigational errors. As a result, stroke rate measurements have long been used in place of … Continue reading

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Keeping Your Training Up While Traveling

I recently spent time in five different states over a three week period.  While the timing of my travel was very poor, as I am currently one month out from one of the longest marathon swims of my career, I … Continue reading

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Swimming 101 – Lingo for Newbies

For many people, the idea of swimming with a Master’s team is a bit daunting.  One of the most common excuses for not joining a Master’s team is “Well I’m not a Master Swimmer!”  I’m here to tell you that … Continue reading

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Measuring Maximum Heart Rate

Since energy levels are based on a percentage of maximum heart rate, knowing your maximum heart rate is important.  In addition, observing sudden drops in your maximum heart rate can indicate over-training. While a basic formula for estimating maximum heart … Continue reading

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Season in Brief and Lessons Learned

In January of this year, I packed up only what I needed and headed to the Mecca of open water swimming, Southern California.  I had decided that I was ready to take my career in this sport as far as … Continue reading

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Using the Swimmer’s Snorkel and Cardio Cap

I first started using the Swimmer’s Snorkel during my time on the Western Kentucky University varsity swim team, where we used our snorkels for almost every practice. It serves as a great tool for doing drills and sidekick, as it … Continue reading

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Master’s Swimmers and Triathletes: Should You Be Swimming With Fins?

One of the most common questions I am asked by Master’s Swimming newbies and triathletes is whether or not they should be using fins. It seems as though many of them have been told at some point that “fins” is … Continue reading

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