Open Water Swimming

Open Water Swimming

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by Steven Munatones
     
 

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Swim faster, stronger, and more efficiently. Whether you are a dedicated open-water swimmer or a triathlete looking to conquer the sport’s most challenging event, Open Water Swimming is your complete guide to improving your performance and decreasing your time.

In Open Water Swimming, renowned marathon swimmer, coach, and commentator Steven

Overview

Swim faster, stronger, and more efficiently. Whether you are a dedicated open-water swimmer or a triathlete looking to conquer the sport’s most challenging event, Open Water Swimming is your complete guide to improving your performance and decreasing your time.

In Open Water Swimming, renowned marathon swimmer, coach, and commentator Steven Munatones shares his insights and expertise on preparing, training, and competing in open-water events. From triathlon to marathon and all distances in between, you’ll learn these tactics:

•Refine your freestyle stroke to improve power, speed, effectiveness, and navigational IQ.

•Pace yourself, and conserve energy, for faster finishes.

•Train for every event with conditioning programs for short, Olympic, marathon, and triathlon distances.

•Shave seconds off your time with professional tactics for starts, turns, feedings, transitions, and finishes.

•Incorporate the racing strategies of the most successful swimmers in the sport.

•Prepare physically and psychologically for the demands of competition.

From the art of efficient pack swimming to the best dryland and pool workouts for improving endurance, strength, and power, Open Water Swimming covers it all. Read it, refer to it, and rely on it for improved results and faster times!

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780736092845
Publisher:
Human Kinetics Publishers
Publication date:
07/01/2011
Pages:
253
Sales rank:
771,123
Product dimensions:
6.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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From the Publisher
"Whether you are planning on racing in an ocean, lake, river, canal, bay, dam, or reservoir, Open Water Swimming is your best guide to success. Steven Munatones wrote the perfect book for athletes of all levels who want to compete in the open waters of the world!"

Brent Rutemiller — Publisher of Swimming World Magazine

“Steven Munatones delivers an all-encompassing book, and I only wish I had access to it when I was starting out my career. Simply put, Open Water Swimming is the best source for anyone—whether a beginner or a world-class swimmer—braving the open water."

John Flanagan — Head Coach, Kamehameha Swim Club, 1998 World Championship Gold medalist, 1999 Pan Pacific Championship Gold Medalist

"Steven Munatones takes you on a journey through the world of open water training. It’s fascinating for all who venture beyond the shoreline for leisure, triathlons, or ultramarathon swims."

Aaron Piersol — Seven-Time Olympic Medalist, Five-Time World-Record Holder, Seven-Time World Champion

"Open Water Swimming explains the amazing spectrum of open water swimming from one of the gurus of the sport. This book is a must-have."

Maarten van der Weijden — 2008 Olympic Gold Medalist, 10K open water, 2008 World Championship Gold Medalist, 25K open water

Meet the Author

Steven Munatones is a former professional marathon swimmer and a renowned coach. He has served as the national team coach at the 2001, 2003, 2005, and 2007 World Swimming Championships and the 2004 World Open Water Swimming Championships. In addition, he serves as editor in chief of the Daily News of Open Water Swimming and created the Open Water Swimming Dictionary.

Munatones manages the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Web site and served as the NBC commentator for the men’s and women’s 10K marathon swim during the 2008 Beijing Olympics. During the Games he provided his expertise on the sport to a variety of media, including NBC-TV, Universal Sports, Wall Street Journal, National Public Radio, USA Today, New York Times, National Geographic magazine, and the Associated Press. His writing has appeared in Swimming World, Australia Swimming, and USMS Swimmer. He annually publishes the World’s Top 100 Open Water Swims and America’s Top 50 Open Water Swims. He also created the most popular Web sites on open-water swimming, including www.openwatersource.com and www.10Kswim.com.

He is also on the FINA Technical Open Water Swimming Committee that serves as the world’s governing body of the sport and provides information and guidance to the Amateur Swimming Union of the Americas, USA Swimming, and U.S. Masters Swimming.

Munatones lives in Huntington Beach, California, with his wife and four children.

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Open Water Swimming 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I expected to see more on training programs; however, training is a small part of this book. Some good tips for dealing with open water swim issues, but again a small part of the book.
Bill-Venice More than 1 year ago
I have been racing in open water swims for over 40 years in hundreds of different competitions. I think I have read most of the books published on open water swimming in the US, the UK and Australia. Steve Munatones' book is probably the best resource available for anyone who is interested in open water swimming. He includes useful focused information on the tactical, strategic and technical challenges of open water swimming which is extremely useful for anyone from a fledgling triathlete to a medium distance open water swimmer who wants to step up to the challenge of marathon swims. Open water swimming is very different from pool swimming and racing outside the predictable confines of a swimming pool has challenges that constantly surprise new participants. I haven't seen any other publication with the wealth of specifically useful information that Steve shares here to help shorten the learning curve for new swimmers and which contribute useful insights to more experienced swimmers.