At its most fundamental level, marathon swimming is a daring personal challenge in which swimmers pit themselves against the elements and experience a wide range of emotions that fluctuates between despair and relief.
How passion and commitment motivate a marathon swimmer
In the sport of marathon swimming, in which extreme distances, extreme temperatures, and extreme conditions (large ocean swells, strong currents, and marine life) are expected, individuals come from all walks of life. Their physical abilities to push themselves hour after hour are augmented by their tremendous mental focus and strength of character.
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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 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!
Chapter 1. The Open-Water Swimmer
Chapter 2. Overcoming the Elements
Chapter 3. Choosing Your Events
Chapter 4. The Open-Water Tool Kit
Chapter 5. Building a Faster Freestyle
Chapter 6. Preparing for Short-Distance Swims
Chapter 7. Preparing for Middle-Distance Swims
Chapter 8. Preparing for Marathon Swims
Chapter 9. Racing Tactics for Every Event
Chapter 10. Triathlon Training and Finishing Fast
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, USAToday, New York Times, National
Geographic magazine, and the Associated Press. His writing has
appeared in SwimmingWorld, 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
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
"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."