training & coaching

Spanish adventure for top swimmers Payne and Patten

The original article by Sean Kelly is posted (with picture) on Manchester Evening News since December 08, 2010

Our top swimmers have left snowy Stockport and flown to snowy Spain! The team from Stockport Metro/Stockport ITC have all gone to a high altitude training camp in the Sierra Nevada mountains, near Granada.

At 2,320m above sea level, the air is much thinner here so the first week has been fairly easy with slow swimming until we acclimatise.

Included on the camp are Olympic medallists Cassie Patten and Keri-Anne Payne – they are more suited to distance swimming and will be swimming around 80km next week.

Rules for major crossings online

The original article is posted at openwatersource  

British Long Distance Swimming Association Rules

Staying Green In The Blue, Eco-swims in the 21st Century

The original article by Steven Munatones is posted on partnersite The Daily News of Open Water Swimming since Sunday, December 5, 2010

Cool Old-School Goggles For Open Water Swimmers

The original article is posted on The Daily News of open Water Swimming since Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Total Body And Brain Confusion

The original article was posted on The Daily News of open Water Swimming since Wednesday, November 24, 2010.

Tickled pink in Croatia

The original article by Shelley Seid is posted (with pictures) on Times Live since Nov 15, 2010 8:00 AM

Here's a new way of seeing the Adriatic: swim it

The perfect moment doesn't come by that often, I thought as I watched a flotilla of yachts change course to allow me to continue my 3km swim between two Croatian islands in the Adriatic. The sun was shining, the landscape was charming, the water was calm and the safety boat was in range.

The perfect moment took place towards the end of my perfect holiday - five days and 21km of spectacular swims along the coastlines and between the islands of the Sibenik archipelago on the Croatian Dalmatian coast, courtesy of an organisation called Swimtrek.

Swimming history: 'Blacks Don't Swim'

The original article is posted on USMS since November 1, 2010

To be honest, I just sat there staring out at the water. I couldn’t believe what I had just heard from the woman sitting next to me.

“Look” she continued, “I’m not saying it, but my friends say that black people don’t have the buoyancy to be swimmers.”

There had been studies done in the 50s and 60s that claimed that since black athletes on average tend to have less body fat than their white counterparts, they would be poor swimmers since body fat creates buoyancy. Those studies have since been thoroughly debunked.

But nonetheless here I sat on the dock of my swim club listening to someone defending the accuracy of those studies.

Training to Swim the English Channel: The Fat Lady Sings

The original article by Caroline Chisholm is posted on treehugger since 10.25.2010

Extreme Swimmers Accept the Challenge of 'Ocean's Seven'

The original article by Suzanne Sataline was posted on Wall Street Journal since October 16, 2010

ON THE SAN PEDRO CHANNEL—The fishing boat idles five miles off the California coast. Anne Cleveland bobs in the dark chilly waters. After three hours in the drink, she has stopped swimming. She shivers.

"Gut it out!" yells Paula Selby, an official on board. She's overseeing Ms. Cleveland's swim between Rancho Palos Verdes and Santa Catalina Island in the Pacific Ocean.

Ms. Cleveland complains that her neck is raw from the salt water and that she has a queasy stomach. She takes a few reluctant strokes and stops, treading water. "How much longer?" she asks.

Oh, about 21 hours.

"She said she was going to cry and scream," says training partner Grace van der Byl, watching from the boat. "If we get past six to eight hours, she'll be fine."

Losing Sleep Over Open Water Swimming

Copyright © 2010 by Steven Munatones     source partner site:

Up to 50% of people are affected by insomnia, the difficulty of getting to sleep. Insomnia is also very real issue in the marathon swimming world.

While most marathon swimmers seem to sleep well throughout their training cycles, many also report they have problems sleeping both before and after their solo swims and races. Sleep, a key requirement to properly recover from heavy-volume training, is relished in the busy daily lives of athletes whether they are students, working adults and/or parents. Insomnia is usually non-existent when the athletes are swimming long and hard. In fact, many marathon swimmers who do morning workouts or long weekend swims often feel great need for naps throughout the day or after eating.