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What We Think About When We're Swimming

In an excerpt from her new book 'Why We Swim,' Bonnie Tsui explores the ways that immersion can radically shift our perspective.

Most days, if I’m not in the ocean for a surf at first light, I get into the neighborhood pool by 8:30 A.M. Even when there’s frost on the ground, the water is warm. Unless you’re the lifeguard, blowing the whistle when you want me to get out, I don’t know you exist. For 60 blessed minutes and 3,200 yards, I’m my only audience. In a pool there’s nothing much to look at once the goggles fog over. I have spit and sprayed all manner of antifog fixes into them, and none has kept the mist from creeping up on my vision like cataracts. But I’m OK with that. Sound? The sloshing of water pretty much cancels out everything else. Taste and smell are largely of the chlorine and salt variety—though, at my old pool, I used to smell burgers cooking from the café downstairs. Nowadays I get whiffs of eggs and hash browns from the high school cafeteria next door. Despite all the tech advances of the last few years, you won’t see many swimmers wearing earphones or bone-conduction music devices: they just don’t work that well.

8 best earplugs for swimming

They might not be first on your list of fitness products to buy, especially if you only venture to the local pool for a couple of quick lengths.

But thanks to an explosion in popularity in triathlons and open-water swimming, there is an increasing number of earplugs on the market.

Joe Grossman Brings Alive Marathon Swimming's Past

In order to preserve marathon swimming history, Dale Petranech has kept alive his dream of publishing the personal files of World Professional Marathon Swimming Association administrator, Joe Grossman.

"Joe passed away in 1974, but Dale faithfully maintained a huge stack of type-written pages from Joe for several decades.

The public information officer traveled around the world with a passion and a unique perspective of the individuals involved in the sport of channel swimming and professional marathon swimming and single-handedly and comprehensively compiled hundreds of pages of notes, observations, recollections and data from solo swims and competitions in numerous bodies of water around the globe," says Steven Munatones.

Library Of Open Water Swimming Books

On the website of "The Daily News of Open Water Swimming" an extensive library is posted. It has a very long list of interesting books for open water and marathon swimmers.

A History of Marathon Swimming - boekrecentie

I just finished this monster of a book: A History of Marathon Swimming > 536 pages!
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The best histories are written by those who lived it.