There’s no doubt about it, being stuck out of the pool and ocean is not ideal for swimmers, water polo players, and triathletes alike. But it’s not the end of the world and we will get through this.
In the meantime, what are we water-addicts who are now confined to our homes to do with all of our newfound spare time spent out of the pool and ocean? Well, obviously something related to our beloved sports!
The team at SBR has gathered some of the best swim & triathlon related books, podcasts, and documentaries for you to dive into (pun intended) over the next few weeks.
Team SBR’s Favorite Swimming Books to Read:
1. Swimming to Antarctica by Lynne Cox
The story of a daring swimmer, Lynne Cox, and what eventually led her to the Bering Strait, where she swam five miles in thirty-eight-degree water in just a swimsuit, cap, and goggles. In between those accomplishments, she became the first to swim the Strait of Magellan, narrowly escaped a shark attack off the Cape of Good Hope, and was cheered across the twenty-mile Cook Strait of New Zealand by dolphins. She even swam a mile in the Antarctic.
2. Open Water Swimming by Steven Munatones
A complete guide to swimming faster, stronger, and more efficiently in open water. Renowned marathon swimmer, coach, and commentator Steven Munatones shares his insights and expertise in preparing, training, and competing in open-water events. From triathlon to marathon and all distances in between, you'll learn tactics like refining your freestyle stroke, pacing yourself, training & conditioning for all distances and racing strategies that the most successful swimmers use. This book covers it all & we can bet you’ll be referring back to it long after you’ve finished reading.
3. Golden Glow by Kaitlin Sandeno
Golden Glow recounts Sandeno's amazing swimming career-including her spectacular Olympic performances, and details the impact she has made in the world outside the pool. Breaking into the Olympics at seventeen years old, she became the face of the team with her enthusiasm and bubbly personality. She returned to the Olympics four years later to have one of the most dominating meets by an American woman in history. But Sandeno's legacy in the pool is nothing compared to how she has used her platform to help others. Golden Glow also tells the story of how she has used her success in the pool to inspire those around her.
4. Gino the Minnow by Scott Wolford (kids book)
This is one for your young swimmers – Gino the Minnow is a lovable little fish that empowers children of all ages to do their part in keeping our environment clean. The adorable illustrations really bring Gino's story alive. Join Gino on his adventures around the world, as he helps solve the problems of litter in our environment. He, of course, cannot clean all of the waters by himself and is asking children of all ages to please help.
5. Chasing Water by Anthony Ervin
Every four years in the Olympic cycle the surge of national interest in swimming grows and with it a desire to be captivated by its stars. This book tells the dramatic, surprising, and sometimes provocative path that Anthony Ervin has taken to become one of those captivating Olympic heroes. Not your typical sports memoir, Chasing Water also contains arresting black-and-white drawings and a graphic story extra, as well as an inventive and mercurial narrative style that morphs chapter by chapter to reflect Ervin's restless, multifaceted life.
6. Dangerous When Wet by Shelley Taylor-Smith
The story of marathon swimmer Shelley Taylor-Smith. In June 1994, Shelley retained her World Champion title when she won the World Series 36km Super Finale Italian Riviera race in Italy. Shelley holds a place in the Guinness Book of Records for the fastest time swum around New York's Manhattan Island and, at the end of last year, she broke all existing records on her swim from Sydney to Wollongong.
7. Dover Solo by Marcia Cleveland
On July 29, 1994, Marcia Cleveland became the 445th person to swim the English Channel. This is the story behind her swim: the process, the preparation, and the training. Discover what motivated Marcia to swim the 23-mile Strait of Dover where the summer water temperature averages only 60 degrees Fahrenheit. This book is a great resource for open water swimmers in need of sound advice towards training for a marathon swim while maintaining a work, family, and life balance. It is also a compelling story of inspiration for anyone committing themselves to achieve a goal.
Team SBR’s Favorite Swimming Podcasts to Listen to:
1. Effortless Swimming
Faster times and better technique aren't a guarantee when you train hard. What really makes a difference to your speed and efficiency in the water? The Effortless Swimming podcast helps make a complex sport really simple to better your swimming. We cover open water swimming, triathlon swimming, and pool swimming. Hosted by Australian National swimmer and coach Brenton Ford.
*Episode 152 specifically talks about what to do if your pool has closed with guest Marc Evans
2. Champion’s Mojo
Hosted by two World Record Holders, Kelly Palace and Maria Parker bring you conversations with champions. They interview the most elite Swimmers and Coaches in the sport on odd-numbered shows and even-numbered shows they discuss topics around Motivation, Mindset, Health & Wellness.
3. SURGE Strength (Dryland & Strength Training for Swimming)
The SURGE Strength podcast is dedicated to helping swim coaches and swimmers learn how to properly implement dryland and strength training programs that result in moving better, reducing injuries and swimming faster. Hosted by Chris Ritter and powered by RITTER Sports Performance.
There aren’t many episodes out from Chris yet but we feel his podcast offers some unique expertise on swim-specific dryland training that we all need right now.
4. Our Athletes
Host, Michael Rasile, has conversations with Olympic athletes, hopefuls, and legends on their story and path to the games. From Gold Medal Winners to unfortunate injuries, for the amount of blood, sweat, and tears our athletes put in on a daily basis to be the best in the world, the least we can do is learn more about what they endure. Trials and tribulations, shortcomings and overcoming the odds, these are the stories of Our Athletes from their mouth to your ears.
DISCLAIMER: Our Athletes is not endorsed by or affiliated with the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee.
5. The SwimTechniques Audio Experience
Welcome To The SwimTechniques Podcast! Here, national champion Lucas Tyler and his Olympian guests uncover the greatest secrets inside swimming, and share the techniques champions use so that you can become a champion too!
*Their March 16th episode discusses dealing with adversity during uncertain times (aka COVID19)
6. Shaved And Tapered
Hosted by a couple of good friends and former D1 athletes that wanted to get together to talk about the sport that we all know and love! There are so many great things to talk about and interesting developments in the world of swimming that need to be discussed. From college to club, ISL to the Olympics and everything in between we will be there every step of the way! This is a brand new podcast with only a few episodes released so far, but we definitely think it’s worth staying tuned into!
Team SBR’s Favorite Swimming Documentaries to Watch:
1. Kim Swims (available on Amazon Prime Video, YouTube)
A documentary film about the inspiring story of an accomplished open water swimmer’s attempt to become the first woman to swim 30 miles through a stretch of cold, rough and shark-inhabited waters off of the San Francisco coast.
2. Touch The Wall (available on Amazon Prime Video, YouTube)
The story of two women and their journey to the highest stage in swimming – the 2012 London Olympics. The young star, Missy Franklin, is just beginning her career and is saddled with mile-high expectations. The veteran, Kara Lynn Joyce, is trying to rediscover the juice that took her to the previous two Olympics.
3. The Last Gold (available on Amazon Prime Video, iTunes)
The story of the 1976 U.S. women's relay swim team that upset East Germany in the final race at the Montreal Olympics.
Team SBR’s Favorite Triathlon Books to Read:
1. Operation Ironman: One Man’s Four Month Journey From Hospital Bed to Ironman Triathlon by George Mahood
Operation Ironman follows George Mahood’s hilarious and inspiring journey from a hospital bed to Ironman triathlon. After major back surgery, George set himself the ultimate challenge – a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride, and a 26.2-mile run, all to be completed within 16 hours. He couldn’t swim more than a length of front crawl, he had never ridden a proper road bike, he had not run further than 10k in 18 months... and he had never worn Lycra.
2. Iron War: Dave Scott, Mark Allen, And The Greatest Race Ever Run by Matt Fitzgerald
This is a classic that many know and love. Driven by one of the fiercest rivalries in triathlon, Dave Scott and Mark Allen raced shoulder to shoulder through Ironman's toughest race – the World Championships in Kona, Hawaii. After 8 punishing hours, both men would demolish the previous record – and cross the finish line a mere 58 seconds apart.
3. Strength Training for Triathletes: The Complete Program to Build Triathlon Power, Speed, and Muscular Endurance by Patrick Hagerman Ed.D
Every triathlete wants to be faster, and most know that adding strength training to their program will help them get there. In Strength Training for Triathletes, fitness phenom Patrick Hagerman explains how small changes in muscle strength add up to big race results. For triathletes, the benefits of strength training are many, from increased stability in the water and on the bike to a faster metabolism. Stronger muscles can work longer before feeling fatigued, making strength training indispensable to endurance athletes.
4. To the Finish Line: A World Champion Triathlete's Guide to Your Perfect Race by Chrissie Wellington
With close to 2 million core participants, triathlons of various distances and challenges are attracting more participants than ever before. In To The Finish Line, one of the sports' greatest legends brings triathlon to life, with guidance for newbies or experienced athletes, to achieve their best triathlons-no matter their ability. Filled with training tips, practical advice and inside information from a champion, triathletes of all levels can benefit from Wellington's experience and insight. Her book will guide readers on their own journey, whether that be a sprint or an Ironman, and encourage them to rise to every new challenge.
5. Faster: Demystifying the Science of Triathlon Speed by Jim Gourley
Triathlon is among the world's most gear-intensive sports. The gear you select and how you use it can mean big results – or bigger disappointment. Faster takes a scientific look at triathlon to see what truly makes you faster – and busts the myths that waste your money and race times. In this fascinating exploration of the forces at play in the swim-bike-run sport, astronautical engineer and triathlete Jim Gourley shows where to find free speed, speed on a budget, and the gear upgrades that are worth it.
Team SBR’s Favorite Triathlon Podcasts to Listen to:
1. Triathlon Swimming with Tower 26 - Be Race Ready Podcast
Triathlon Swimming with TOWER 26 was created by Triathlon's go-to swim expert coach, Gerry Rodrigues, and USAT Certified Coach/Professional Triathlete, Jim Lubinski. These podcasts will help triathletes get the most return out of their swim preparation by covering all the essential topics and ingredients that are necessary to make triathletes better and safer swimmers. Through Gerry's countless years of coaching thousands of triathletes and Jim's racing/training/coaching experience, the two will take on all topics relevant to triathlon swimming.
*Episode 73 specifically discusses navigating coronavirus when it comes to training.
2. Tri Swim Coach Triathlon Swimming Podcast
Triathlon Swimming: Insight for Beginners to Advanced Triathlete Swimmers. Learn how to swim faster and with ease with training tips and triathlon swimming advice from Tri Swim Coach and distinguished Ironman professionals and triathlon coaches. Host, Kevin Koskella, is a world-renowned triathlon swim coach with over 27 years of swimming experience. This podcast has tips, stories, adventures, and overall entertainment and education regarding swimming and triathlon. Join the community that contains thousands of triathletes looking to get a leg up on the competition in their next triathlon.
3. Crushing Iron Triathlon Podcast
Crushing Iron is an age grouper and his coach talking and learning about triathlon. Together they explore the mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual side of training and racing everything from a Sprint to an Ironman. Great for beginners and intermediate triathletes.
4. That Triathlon Show
The one triathlon show focusing on practical and actionable advice that you can use in your own triathlon training and racing. New episodes are released twice per week. The episode types are interview episodes with the greatest and smartest people in triathlon and endurance sports, and solo episodes with host Mikael Eriksson where you'll learn tactics and strategies you can apply in your triathlon training and racing, and all things swim, bike and run. All episodes are produced with the goal in mind of giving age-group triathletes actionable advice.
*The March 18th episode specifically discusses adjusting your training for COVID-related race cancellations, postponements, and uncertainty.
5. Pacing and Racing Triathlon Show
Steven Langenhuizen connects you with the best professional triathletes and coaches in the world through deep discussion of inspiring stories of struggles and triumphs, and some of the best training advice, so that you can be ahead of the curve with your Triathlon Training! Have any questions in triathlon? Who better to ask then the top pro triathletes and coaches in the world! The Pacing and Racing Triathlon Podcast also hosts the Road to Roth Podcast series with Challenge Roth and Super League Triathlon Series Interviews!
*In the most recent episode, guest, Craig Alexander shares some great motivation and insight for those feeling overwhelmed or unsure about where to take your training from here.
6. Triathlon Taren Podcast
The Triathlon Taren Podcast with Taren and NTK (No Triathlon Kim), features pro triathletes, heavy hitters in the triathlon world, age group triathletes from around the world, and coverage of races and triathlon events. Every Sunday night on the Triathlon Taren Podcast you'll hear fun, engaging and informative tri-related interviews from the triathlon world led by Taren and NTK.
Team SBR’s Favorite Triathlon Documentaries to Watch:
1. Iron Cowboy: The Story of the 50:50:50 (available on Netflix)
The true story of James Lawrence's (aka the Iron Cowboy) herculean 50-day journey to complete 50 Ironman distances in 50 consecutive days in all 50 states as he redefines the limits of what is humanly possible.
2. We Are Triathletes (available on Amazon Prime Video)
Following the journey of six triathletes as they train and prepare for the largest iron distance triathlon in the world. A few of the size triathletes include Mirinda Carfrae, Luke McKenzie, and Rudy Garcia-Tolsen.
3. HEART: Flatline to Finish Line (available on Amazon Prime Video)
One in three people will suffer from heart disease in their lifetime, but only one in a million will thrive from it. This is the raw and emotional journey of six of those individuals who went from hospital beds to the finish line of one of the world's most grueling endurance events, the IRONMAN® triathlon. This feature-length documentary will take you on a journey of despair and triumph, of sacrifice and glory.
We hope these books, podcasts, and documentaries hold you over until we can all get back in the pool. Do you have any that we missed? Drop it in the comments below!