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It's All in the Water
by Dr. Jim Miller

While all tennis players, runners, soccer players know the importance of hydration; swimmers frequently overlook this critical key to performance.  Swimmers do not see the fluid loss, so most do not think about it.  So, how much should you drink during a typical practice?
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Open Water Swimming:
Winter Workouts for Summer Success
by Randy Nutt
Open Water: Winter Workouts for Summer SuccessHow does an open water swimmer train throughout the winter for successful summer open water swim season? Obviously most of your training will be done in a pool, which is OK -unless you are fortunate enough to live in the tropics. Here are some ideas that will keep you on the right track and ensure summer success:
  1. Go to the USMS Open Water Swimming Event Calendar and select a summer open water swimming event to enter. Having a goal will give you focus. If you are new to open water swimming contact the event director listed and speak directly with him/her to ascertain if their event is friendly for a first timer and a good one for you and your abilities.
  2. Find a swim partner, preferably one who will enter the same event you have selected. A training partner will keep you motivated and accountable.
  3. Seriously consider the USMS One Hour Postal Swim which is held every January. A long swim in January is very helpful.
  4. The importance of longer base building aerobic sets during winter is very important however do incorporate some form of "fast" swimming and "sprinting" into your workouts.
  5. Incorporate all the strokes in your training. IM sets greatly improve your conditioning and are a valuable component of a successful open water swimmers training.
  6. Circle swim with lots of swimmers in your lane. A little rough water and other swimmers in close proximity will prepare you for the awareness necessary during an open water swim.
  7. Practice breathing on both sides (alternate breathing) This may be tough at first so slowly introduce it into your training.
  8. If you train with a team and a coach I'd suggest doing all their workouts and then pick an extra workout time sometime during the week where you can perform a longer distance straight swim.
Randy Nutt coaches Boca Masters (FL), creates and directs open water swim events  ( and was selected 10k Swimmers 2008"s World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year. He is also a member of USMS Open Water Committee.

Calendar Updates: January/February

USMS Go the Distance National Fitness Event

USMS Check-Off Challenge National Fitness Event

USMS 1-Hour Postal

Deadline for submission of information to be included in the winter issue of Streamlines... from the National Office

All registrations received as of this date will receive the Mar/Apr issue of USMS SWIMMER Magazine

Article ideas for July/August issue of USMS Swimmer Magazine due to USMS Editor (Bill Volckening;

Open Water/Long Distance individual and relay All-Americans posted on the Open Water/Long Distance webpage

A Secret to Effective Swimming
by Rob Butcher, Executive Director, U.S. Masters Swimming
Balance.  Our coaches tell us it's important.  We mentally understand the balance between our head, our hips, and our legs and its impact on our swimming, but what if you are like me and you struggle with holding balance when you swim?  The longer the set, the more tired my shoulders and legs get which leads to unbalanced swimming and an efficient stroke.  I've found a cure for my balance problem... fins!

Fins help me keep my legs and hips higher in the water.  The more inline my legs and hips are with my chest, the less drag I create in the water.  The reduction in drag relieves a lot of the pressure from my shoulders.  With less strain on my shoulders and a more balanced body position I can concentrate on the entry point of my hand, keeping my elbows up, catching the water, and using hip rotation to pull through.  During sets of 100 yards or greater, I am often times thinking merely of survival and my stroke becomes very sloppy.  A sloppy stroke in practice leads to a sloppy stroke in a race.

So, if you struggle with balance in the water like I do, think about using fins. 

If you are looking for your first set of fins or a new pair to replace your old fins visit Kiefer, a proud partner of U.S. Masters Swimming,