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12 Days of Christmas Gifts: Day Ten

December 23, 2017 | Swimming Equipment | Permalink

Iron Mike here presents to you twelve days of gift ideas for the marathon swimmer in your life. Check back daily! Day ten: Saturday, 23 December. Lap counter. If you swim by yourself in a pool, you need a way to keep track of the distances you’ve swum. Swimmers with a coach can simply follow […]

12 Days of Christmas Gifts: Day Nine

December 22, 2017 | Swimming Equipment | Permalink

Iron Mike here presents to you twelve days of gift ideas for the marathon swimmer in your life. Check back daily! Day nine: Friday, 22 December. Towels. You can use the towel that your gym or pool issues, if you go to those sorts of places. But what about when you go to the lake? […]

12 Days of Christmas Gifts: Day Eight

December 21, 2017 | Swimming Equipment | Permalink

Iron Mike here presents to you twelve days of gift ideas for the marathon swimmer in your life. Check back daily! Day eight: Thursday, 21 December. Rescue/safety buoys. I advise all open water swimmers to use a safety buoy when they’re swimming, especially if they’re swimming alone. Your visibility is important. There are too many […]

12 Days of Christmas Gifts: Day Seven

December 20, 2017 | Swimming Equipment | Permalink

Iron Mike here presents to you twelve days of gift ideas for the marathon swimmer in your life. Check back daily! Day seven: Wednesday, 20 December. Bags. If you’ve read up to now, you’ve got all the basics covered for your marathon swimmer, except where will s/he carry all the stuff? In a swim bag […]

12 Days of Christmas Gifts: Day Six

December 19, 2017 | Swimming Equipment | Permalink

Iron Mike here presents to you twelve days of gift ideas for the marathon swimmer in your life. Check back daily! Day six: Tuesday, 19 December. Paddles. Like fins, you can get away with not having paddles. But if you really want to dial in your stroke, they are a useful accessory. And for my […]

12 Days of Christmas Gifts: Day Five

December 18, 2017 | Swimming Equipment | Permalink

Iron Mike here presents to you twelve days of gift ideas for the marathon swimmer in your life. Check back daily! Day five: Monday, 18 December. Fins. Fins you could do without. I did for quite a bit, but I finally realized their usefulness. They help you with efficiency in your kick (if you’re concerned […]

12 Days of Christmas Gifts: Day Four

December 17, 2017 | Swimming Equipment | Permalink

Iron Mike here presents to you twelve days of gift ideas for the marathon swimmer in your life. Check back daily! Day four: Sunday, 17 December. Pull buoys. Pull buoys are important if you’d like to feel what your body position should feel like. When I started, my feet dragged in the water due to […]

12 Days of Christmas Gifts: Day Three

December 16, 2017 | Swimming Equipment | Permalink

Iron Mike here presents to you twelve days of gift ideas for the marathon swimmer in your life. Check back daily! Day three: Saturday, 16 December. Goggles. Of course the swimmer in your life needs goggles. They are an important staple in your swimmer’s bag. But oh so personal. I would have trouble recommending to […]

12 Days of Christmas Gifts: Day Two

December 15, 2017 | Swimming Equipment | Permalink

Iron Mike here presents to you twelve days of gift ideas for the marathon swimmer in your life. Check back daily! Day two: Friday, 15 December. Caps. If you’re like me, you didn’t start out wearing caps. Didn’t seem to be a need. My hair has always been short enough that the goggle straps stayed […]

12 Days of Christmas Gifts: Day One

December 14, 2017 | Swimming Equipment | Permalink

Iron Mike here presents to you twelve days* of gift ideas for the marathon swimmer in your life. Check back daily! Day one: Thursday, 14 December. Suits. I am one of those swimmers (people) who are loyal to a brand when that brand works. Particularly, I am loyal to a particular model when that model […]