No warm-up allowed?
Because warm-ups are sometimes not permitted for various logistical reasons, McLarty keeps stretch cords in her race bag. “Being warmed up in the upper body is going to positively affect your swim,” she says. “You can spend 10 minutes onshore with $10 stretch cords tied to a tree doing a sufficient 10–15-minute warm-up that will prepare you to get in the water.”
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