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How Many Carbs Should I Eat?

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A Simple Guide to Carb Loading While carbohydrates are a primary fuel source for a training body, many swimmers consume far too many carbs than necessary. If you find yourself asking, “How many carbs should I eat to stay energized?”, check out the simple guide below. After all, sound eating habits leads to fruitful training [...]

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7 Healthy Crock Pot Recipes to Free Up Your Nights

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I am in love. And my husband is totally OK with it. My crock pot is my best friend and secret weapon, especially as my training hours increase to double daily sessions on top of working full time. My trusty slow cooker ensures that a hot meal is waiting for me after a weary session [...]

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Your “Embarrassing” Swimming Questions Answered

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You might be too embarrassed to ask some of these questions in public. So, we’ve taken the liberty of answering some of the most common and most embarrassing swimming questions for you (and the thousands of other swimmers who have have the same troubles).   How can I prevent chafing? Chafing. Even the word itself [...]

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Improve Your Flutter Kick with 4 Expert Tips

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Fine tuning any portion of your freestyle stroke allows you to become a more efficient (and, let’s face it – faster) swimmer. This is especially true of your flutter kick. Learning to improve your flutter kick can help you maximize stroke speed, increase efficiency, and leave the competition in your wake. Here are some simple [...]

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How to Protect Skin from Chlorine

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The same chemicals that are responsible for maintaining a safe and clean pool environment are also to blame for the dry, itchy skin swimmers experience after leaving the water. Chlorine is one of the most widely used chemicals in private and public swimming pools. And though it’s great at keeping bacteria growth at bay, it’s [...]

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Winter Swimming: 5 Steps to Conquering Cold Water

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Swimming in cold water provides a multitude of benefits for the body and your health, in general. It gets the blood pumping, boosts the immune system, and leaves your muscles feeling refreshed and uninflamed. If you’re interested in cold water swimming this winter, peruse the tips below and keep them in mind as you take [...]

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The Great Unwashed: Strategies for Working out When Showers Aren’t Nearby

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I like to run. A lot. But I also live in the Midwest where days can be quite short during the winter and time is scarce during the summer. Because I ran the Ragnar Relay and completed my first 70.3 triathlon last summer, I had to train during the middle of the day at times [...]

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How to Protect Hair From Chlorine

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How to Protect Hair From Chlorine Are you an avid swimmer who suffers from dry, damaged hair – and even the occasional green tinge? There are two primary ways by which to protect your hair from the damaging effects of chlorine – without giving up your swimming routine altogether, that is. One: cover your hair [...]

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Mental Training for Athletes

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High-level, endurance athletes know that mental training is just as important as physical training. Mental toughness is a cornerstone to any successful long-distance swim. But it’s equally as important to implement during daily training. If you’ve been feeling mentally weak lately, check out these 6 tips to train your brain for race day. 1. Visualize [...]

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Cold Water Swimming: How to Acclimate

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Whether you are swimming in warm water, cold water, currents, chop, or surf, you must incorporate these elements into your training (rather than just showing up to your race or event unprepared!). Cold Water Swimming Temperature can be a decisive factor in choosing whether to swim or not to swim. The majority of swimmers train [...]

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