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Steve Munatones
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Book of the Month June – Open Water Swimming

Muntatones, Steven  (2011) Open Water Swimming – Improved Performance For Swimmers and Triathletes Human Kinetics

This is the go to bible for anyone who swims open water whether triathlete or ocean/lake swimming events. So good is this book that I’ve got two copies on my bookshelf.

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!

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Ray has competed in triathlons from sprint to ironman distance (both IM Taupo and Challenge Wanaka). Consequently he is aware of the importance of balancing training with lifestyle, thus complimenting other important aspects of an athlete’s life (family, work, study commitments etc…). • Entering your first triathlon? • Stepping up to a longer distance? • Looking to go faster? • Wanting to turn previous negatives into positives? Ray has coached athletes to achieve these and more. Training programmes are accessible online, so athletes can be located anywhere and still reap the benefits of Ray’s coaching. Contact him to discuss how he can assist you to achieve your goals.
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