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Category Archives: Coaching

USMS destroying open water swimming

September 17, 2017 | Coaching, Spirit of Marathon Swimming | Permalink

The U.S. Masters Swimming organization is now meeting in Dallas for their convention. One of the proposed amendments (link pdf…go to page 179) to the USMS rule book was contrary to the tradition of open water swimming: 303.3.2 Swimmers may receive the following assistance from any escort craft: A. Food or drink may be passed […]

Great weekend of swimming

September 4, 2017 | 2017 Season, Coaching, Spirit of Marathon Swimming | Permalink

Managed three days at the lake over this wonderful 3-day weekend, 9.12 kilometers. Even better was that I had company each day! Open water is definitely more fun with others. On Saturday and Sunday I took my friend Jen back to the lake. She’s a glutton for punishment, having done three days of “boot camp” […]

Open Water Skills

June 21, 2015 | Coaching | Permalink

I recently read a great blog entry from a relatively new open water swimmer. Her enthusiasm for her new sport reminded me of the first year I dipped a toe in the crazy pool. She just completed her first two-mile OW swim in cold water and, despite some reservations and nerves at the beginning, ended […]

Swim meet with Triathletes

March 3, 2014 | 2014 Season, Coaching | Permalink

Dear reader(s) know that I have a bit of a laugh occasionally at triathletes’ expense. What with swimming with pull buoys during 2-mile open water swims, or standing up and walking in the shallows. But today I got to experience triathletes at their sportsmen’s best. And that made me very proud to be a coach. […]

Crap week

July 3, 2013 | Coaching, Swimming Anthropology | Permalink

Dear reader(s) you may have noticed that I’ve been quiet lately. Well, the last week was absolute crap, and it really affected my swimming mood. Like, as in, no swimming for the past week. It all started last Tuesday, the 25th. I got up early and went to the weirdly-shaped base pool to put in […]

Coaches clinic complete

June 23, 2013 | Coaching | Permalink

Yesterday I spent the day at Sport & Fitness in McLean, VA, for the USMS/ASCA Levels 1 & 2 Coach Certification class.  Bill Brenner, USMS Coaches Chair, Mel Goldstein, Head Coach of Indy Aquatic Masters, past president of USMS and frequent contributor to USMS Swimmer, and Frank Marcinkowski, head coach of Fairfax masters, a 800+ […]

Coaching ain’t half bad

May 26, 2013 | Coaching | Permalink

Okay. So I shadowed a coach. Actually two. For three lanes of triathletes. And it was great. The pool is amazing. LCM. Really wide lanes. Could probably swim 3 or 4 abreast. Water looked great. Swimmers were fun. I had three in my lane. Two men and a woman. One of the men had a […]

Coaching, part duh

May 24, 2013 | Coaching | Permalink

Doing my first bit of shadowing a coach tonight. The local triathlon club has a masters swim program. I contacted them simply to find out where in the area they do their open water swims. One thing led to another, and now I’m shadowing one of the coaches. I’m a little nervous, having never done […]


May 14, 2013 | Coaching | Permalink

I always thought I’d like to give coaching a try, sometime in the future. But I certainly need training. Last year, prior to moving back to the states from Russia, my local masters team hosted Level I and II coaching education, the first steps toward Masters coaching certification. This year, the team is hosting Level […]