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Swimming Workout Variety for
Improved Performance
Coach Terry "Speed" Heggy on how to get out of your rut
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Albert Einstein defined insanity as "doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results." Yet many Masters swimmers repeat the same workout with only minor variety, and then wonder why they don't improve.


Here are some suggestions to help you break out of that rut.


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Lifetime Best Swims in Your 50s and 60s
Chris Ritter on how to swim faster than you ever have
Men's butterfly 2014 summer nationals
In working with many Masters swimmers over the years, I've seen an array of backgrounds and goals. Some swimmers decide to get back into the sport after many years out of the water and others are exposed to it later in life and develop a pure enjoyment of swimming and accept the challenge of getting better.

Despite the variety I've seen, swimmers' results sometimes really surprise me--especially swimmers who competed in college who swim lifetime bests in their 50s or 60s. Or swimmers who get close to times they haven't swum in decades.

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SWIMMER Reader Survey
Help us make your magazine the best it can be!
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SWIMMER magazine is one of the most visible USMS membership benefits. Because we want to provide the best swimming magazine available, we'd really like to hear how you think we're doing. 

We've created a 20-question survey that should take you about 10 minutes to complete. Your responses are anonymous, and the information you provide will only be used to make SWIMMER an even better magazine. 

Please take the time to share your feedback about SWIMMER magazine, and many thanks for your help!
Select the Right Personal Care Product
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Because of the vast number of products now available, choosing the right personal care product can be a confusing process for swimmers. After all, nearly all of these personal care products claim to remove chlorine.


The Swimmers Personal Care Market is laser-focused on removing chlorine, but did you know the real cause of swimmers' green hair isn't actually chlorine? It's a common misconception that chlorine causes that familiar green tint that many swimmers experience. Copper, which is added to the pool to control algae growth, is actually the cause.


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Fulfill Your Fantasies with Fantasy Camp
Get faster with the greats!
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This camp, scheduled for October 16-18, brings swimmers age 19+ from all over the country to the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs to live, eat, and train like a national team athlete. Attendees this year will swim with, and learn from, some of swimming's greatest athletes including Olympians Cullen Jones, Rowdy Gaines, Jason Lezak, Debbie Meyer, and Olympic coach Todd Schmitz.

The cost is $2,500 and a portion of all registration fees will go to support the USA Swimming Foundation. The fee does not include travel to/from Colorado Springs. Space is limited. Register today!


Got questions? Please direct Adult Performance Camp inquiries to Nicole Wilson via email or by phone at 719-866-3583.

Check-Off Challenge Bids Due Aug. 15
Want to host this fun, low-key event?
The Fitness Committee is accepting bids until August 15 from clubs interested in hosting the annual Check-Off Challenge event. The challenge is a low-key, year-long event that can promote your club while offering a fun challenge to swimmers well beyond your club's geographical reach. Check out the Check-Off Challenge event page for more information and to register for the 2015 challenge if you haven't already. (You still have five months to swim all 18 events-- that's plenty of time, right?!) The host bid packet is also available online and includes all the details about what to expect as a host and how to apply. Contact the Fitness Committee with any questions and good luck!
This Aquatic Life
What's your favorite open water swimming spot?
Key West Florida, Taz Shepherd
Summer is in full swing, and with it comes open water season in North America. Sparked by a recent article in The Telegraph that explored open water swimming's rise in popularity, we asked our Facebook followers to share their favorite open water swimming locations, and boy, did we get a lot of great open water hot spots in response. Check out Taz Shepherd's beautiful picture above of Key West after a recent swim with the Key West Tri Club

Where's your favorite place to swim and where do you want to swim next? Add your favorite location to the list!

Seen on Our Facebook Page
We recently shared a short film about USMS member and artist Katie Pumphrey--who has struggled with fibromyalgia for years--as she readied to swim the English Channel this month. She's currently in the UK waiting to swim. Kevin McCartney calls her "an inspiration." See what else they said, watch the film, and join the conversation
About U.S. Masters Swimming
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There's Still Time!
5K and 10K ePostals 
The 5K and 10K ePostal events are open through September 15! It's easy--find a 50-meter pool and start swimming. Have a friend record your splits and submit your information online. See how you stack up against other swimmers around the country in your age group, without having to travel to an out-of-state meet.

All swims must be completed by September 15 and entries must be received by September 25. So, what are you waiting for? Get swimming! And have fun!

OW National Championships
Two events remain! 
* Aug. 29: 1-3-Mile National Championship, (1.55 miles) Lake George, N.Y. - Register Online


* Sept. 12: 3-6 Mile National Championship, Lake Michigan, Chicago, Ill. - SOLD OUT

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