Running an outdoor swimming venue Four months ago I was training for the Bantham Swoosh 6k swim with my colleague and friend, Alice. Things were going ok – Alice was experienced in long-distance swimming, having done the Dart 10k twice, but I was a complete novice to the concept. When I’d started training we discovered…

I’m Sam Crabtree, I’m a 16 year old competitive open water swimmer. I’ve been swimming for Thanet Swim Club in Margate, Kent since I was 9 years old. I took up open water swimming in 2012 when I was 12 after attending a fun day that was organised by one of our club’s coaches. I…

Preparing to swim in open water for the first time Open water swimming is very different from swimming in a pool and there are definitely a few things you should consider before turning up on race day. Properly preparing for the swim will ensure you can put in the best performance possible, whatever your ambitions….

Choosing the right fit: It is important to consider the fit when buying a wetsuit and it’s important to try to select the correct size for you. A triathlon-specific wetsuit is designed to improve the swimmer’s body position in the water and allow for efficient movement while swimming. This is achieved by combining buoyant and…

Everyone likes to think they can turn up to a race in the best shape. Some people don’t know how to prepare for triathlons because they are just starting out. They don’t know how much to train, what to train and why you do specific sessions/ workouts. I’ve done my fair bit of racing since…

Triathlon readiness – preparing to Mass Start You’ve been training hard in the pool, got your new season Zone3 wetsuit, and maybe done a few open water swims. On the start line you are ready for the starter horn; and it’s a go! Arms, feet, bodies, cold water; bashed, bumped, squashed and swum over. The…

I’ve now taken part in 3 Blenheim Triathlons and I won the adult super sprint race in 2014. This year will see me step up to the Elite level and compete in the super series events. It will be a huge step-up but im looking forward to the challenge and feel equipped to succeed with…

If you’re like me then you’ve got pretty much every swim aid invented by man in the hope they will unlock that hidden Phelps inside. However, over the last three or four months there is one aid that has become indispensible to me, which I’m convinced should be placed on your immediate shopping list if…

CSS stands for Critical Swim Speed – a really simple concept that could improve your swim fitness, pace judgement and training motivation. In this short blog Zone3 ambassador Phil Mosley explains what CSS is, how it can make you fitter and how to test your CSS. He’ll also give you some sample CSS training sessions…

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