Tag Archives: open-water

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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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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Trent Grimsey: Interview with the ‘King of the Sea’

Trent Grimsey: Interview with the 'King of the Sea'

After FINIS athlete Trent Grimsey’s impressive 1st place finish at the King of the Sea open water competition in Rio de Janerio, he was kind enough to answer a few questions about the race. Trent comments about the race and … Continue reading

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FINIS Athlete Trent Grimsey Wins 2011 ‘King of the Sea’ Title

FINIS Athlete Trent  Grimsey Wins 2011 ‘King of the Sea’ Title

Australia’s highest ranked male open water swimmer continues his reign by edging out the competition Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – (December 12, 2011) FINIS, a world leader in technical swimming products is proud to announce the success of Trent Grimsey … 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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Training Schedule to Improve your Open Water Swim Times

With the summer weather now firmly entrenched into our daily lives, its time to start thinking about upping your triathlon training with specific emphasis on the swim discipline. The bigger events we have been targeting are looming not too far … Continue reading

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Swimming the English Channel

Swimming the English Channel

Tomorrow I will be leaving and heading to Dover, UK to tackle the infamous English Channel Swim in a Duo. I will take on the challenge with my good friend Shelley Clark, an Australian Marathon Swimmer. Our week window is … 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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