March-April 2012 Issue

March-April 2012 Cover COVER STORY:

Open Water Feeding

by Steven Munatones >>> Photos by Ben Christoffel

Steven Munatones explains the four basic steps of feeding in the open water:  seek and spot, reach and roll, gulp and go, and toss and turn. From boat or kayak, using feeding sticks or ropes and buoy, veteran open water swimmer Jim Barber demonstrates the techniques. Photographed by USMS project manager Ben Christoffel.

FEATURES:

Melissa Stockwell
Baghdad to Beijing and Beyond
by Laura Jones

Meet USMS member Melissa Stockwell: Iraq war vet, amputee, Paralympian and world champion. Staff writer Laura Jones profile this amazing athlete who nearly lost her life to a roadside bomb in Iraq, came home to become a world champion paratriathlete and has managed to transform her experiences into a career and a way to serve others.

Heart Attacks in Open Water
Maturity is the key to minimizing the risk

Phil Whitten reviews the evidence and research related to sudden deaths in big water, but although sources indicate a significant possibility of heart attacks, swimmers can minimize their risks with adequate preparation and precautions that include medical check-ups, adequate warm-ups, hydration, and sensible starting strategies.

Faster, Farther, Colder, First
The Arms Race in Marathon Swimming
by Elaine Howley

Swimming the English Channel is an impressive feat, so too the Catalina Channel or around Manhattan-any of these would be a feather in a swimmer's cap. But all three? How about adding four more? Triple Crown swimmer and contributing writer Elaine K. Howley looks at the serial swim addiction sweeping the open water community.


DEPARTMENTS:
From the Editor
Family by Laura Hamel
Letters
The Mysterious World of Competitive Swimming by Norman Macartney
Praise for Technique Feature by Dennis Gimlin
Not Breathless by Edward Nessel
Chlorine and Skin by Barney Heller, Joseph Schamp
More YMCA History by Conrad Von Blankenburg
Don't Like the Redesign by Kirsten Berger
Both Sides of the Lane Line
Media Matters by Scott Zornig
It's All Good by Mike Lewis
Swimming Life
Conquering the North Channel by Laura Jones
Swimming Wild In Alaska by Laura Jones
Recently Read: Open Water Swimming by Laura Hamel
Training & Technique
10 Open Water Woes (And How to Fix Them) by Amy Reinink
From The Center Lanes: Suzanne Heim-Bowen by Laura Jones
The Dryland Difference: Dance with the Water by Laura Jones
Ask the Coach: Scott Williams by Laura Jones
The Healthy Swimmer
The Beat Goes On by Laura Jones
Mastering Nutrition   by Laura Jones
Nationals Preview
Summer Nationals in a Truly Olympic Venue by Susan Dawson-Cook PDF file - get adobe acrobat reader read>>
Swim Bag
Open Water Gear PDF file - get adobe acrobat reader read>>
Inside USMS
Volunteer Profile: Jerry Clark
Splashback
Marathon Swimming in the Olympics


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