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Open Water Swimming Paperback – Jun 14 2011
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"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."
Aaron Piersol -- Seven-Time Olympic Medalist, Five-Time World-Record Holder, Seven-Time World Champion
"Open Water Swimming explains the amazing spectrum of open water swimming from one of the gurus of the sport. This book is a must-have."
Maarten van der Weijden -- 2008 Olympic Gold Medalist, 10K open water, 2008 World Championship Gold Medalist, 25K open water
About the Author
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, USA Today, New York Times, National Geographic magazine, and the Associated Press. His writing has appeared in Swimming World, 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 www.10Kswim.com.
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 children.
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Steve Munatones' book is probably the best resource available for anyone who is interested in open water swimming. He includes useful focused information on the tactical, strategic and technical challenges of open water swimming which is extremely useful for anyone from a fledgling triathlete to a medium distance open water swimmer who wants to step up to the challenge of marathon swims. Open water swimming is very different from pool swimming and racing outside the predictable confines of a swimming pool has challenges that constantly surprise new participants. I haven't seen any other publication with the wealth of specifically useful information that Steve shares here to help shorten the learning curve for new swimmers and which contribute useful insights to more experienced swimmers.
Little of the above was provided.
Instead, the author provided some tips on how to train for open water swimming by providing a few drills (catch-up, reverse catch-up, etc). The author talked about some of the practicalities associated with swimming in the ocean, i.e., friction, nutrition, temperature affects. The author did give a lot of advice on the tactics of open water swimming, i.e., drafting effectively. This was interesting, but I thought somewhat irrelevant to the novice swimmer which the other 75% of the book was targeted at. I mean, how many newbie swimmers are going to be sitting in the lead pack of a 10k swim, hanging onto the feet of the lead swimmer, and then shoot by them with 200 yds to go? Probably not gonna happen.
So, to summarize, this this book gets three stars. It had an OK amount of info, but lacked specifics on how to really train for the marathon swims. Think this book would be good for beginners and aspiring olympians.
I was given this book last year from my daughter & I loved it so much that I bought this one for a friend's birthday which was on Christmas Eve. She is an open water swimmer & found the contents extremely helpful in planning & negotiating
her swims. We would recommend this book to any swimmer/ triathlete for coaching & helpful tips as it is so comprehensive.