Author Archives: Mallory Mead

Learning the Importance of a Strong Kick

When I made the move from college swimming to open water swimming and started training for my English Channel swim, I all but gave up on kick sets.  I was focused on getting as much distance in as I could. … Continue reading

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Training for Cold Water Swims – 9 Tips You Need to Know

One of the most talked-about considerations for an open water swim is water temperature, more specifically, cold water temperatures. While many swimmers and triathletes chose to wear wetsuits to protect themselves from the cold, many elite swim races and channel … Continue reading

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Preparing for Your First Open Water Swim

Competing in an open water swim for the first time, either as a stand-alone race or as a portion of a triathlon, can be an intimidating prospect.  Here are some general tips to get you started. 1)      Brush Up Your … Continue reading

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Utilizing Different Energy Levels

I previously wrote about energy levels in this post. Here is one example of how I incorporated the different energy levels into a recent workout. Distances and times can be modified, such as doing sets of only 5×100 during the … Continue reading

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Training at Different Energy Levels for Maximum Endurance

Training at Different Energy Levels for Maximum Endurance

Over-training and a resulting injury or illness is something most of us will experience at some point in our swimming careers.  Even if you do not find yourself ill or injured, you may find yourself unusually fatigued and performing at … Continue reading

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Targeting Your Core for Open Water Performance

Targeting Your Core for Open Water Performance

The idea that a strong core-body is essential to swimming is fairly common knowledge. Having strong core muscles aids swimmers in stabilizing their stroke, keeps the body in a hydrodynamic position, and achieves optimal body rotation. In open water races, … Continue reading

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Using the Tempo Trainer to Increase your Stroke Rate

Using the Tempo Trainer to Increase your Stroke Rate

Maintaining a high stroke rate is an important part of any open water swim. During my Catalina crossing in August 2010 I raised my stroke rate from 68-72 strokes per minute to 75-77 as the swim progressed. Since then I … Continue reading

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Straight Arm Recovery in Open Water Swimming

Straight Arm Recovery in Open Water Swimming

Lately I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about how swimming in open water is different from swimming in a pool, and what that means in terms of technique. In addition to playing around with increasing my stroke rate (the … Continue reading

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