Sample Training Program
Training Programs developed by 10-time USA Swimming national team coach Steve Munatones. Munatones has successfully trained athletes to compete in many open-water swimming events, including the English Channel Crossing and the Catalina Channel Crossing. Munatones sits on the board of directors of the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame.
12.6-Mile Swim Training Program
Your minimum training program should culminate in an open water swim of at least 60% of your anticipated time. Below is a table outlining approximate times broken down for three types of swimmers: elite swimmer, competitive swimmer, and fitness swimmer.
You should gradually build up to your 60% training swim which can be done 2 – 3 weeks before the Distance Swim Challenge. Therefore, sample training programs are as follows: