Gerry Rodrigues, E.K. Lidbury Launch Triathlon Swimming

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Gerry Rodrigues won over 100 ocean and lake swims during his long career. Those victories have not come in his age group division, but overall podium wins. Coupled with 30 years of pool and open water coaching in Southern California, Rodrigues put down his coaching methods, workouts, strategies and goals in his new book, Triathlon Swimming: Master Open-Water Swimming with the Tower 26 Method.

The book, co-written with British professional triathlete Emma-Kate Lidbury, is based on his wildly popular Tower 26 method, considered to be the global gold standard in triathlon swimming.

Tower 26 is not for everyone. The expectations are exact, the standards are high, and the training is rigorous; Tower 26 is a methodology that many amateur, competitive and professional triathletes appreciate.

From pre-race preparations to year-round planning, from kicking to sighting, from drafting to technique, from gear and gadgets to pool and open water workouts, Rodrigues covers everything that is necessary to up one’s game in the multi-sport world.

While there may be no short-term opportunities for racing, there remains plenty of time for reading. For more information on Triathlon Swimming or to purchase a copy, visit here.

Hundreds of additional books that have been written by open water swimmers and triathletes include the small sampling listed below:

* Πώς πέρασα τη Μάγχη (How I Spent The Channel) by Jason Zirganos

* 21 Yaks and a Speedo: How to achieve your impossible by Lewis Pugh

* 48 BRAZADAS: Solo tú marcas tu horizonte (48 Swimming Strokes: Only you set your horizons) by Miquel Sunyer with James Manresa

* 50 Simple Things You Can Do to Save Hawai’i by Gail Grabowsky

* A cada brazada el azul interminable (With each stroke, the endless blue) by Antonio Argüelles and Nora Toledano

* A Chance for Children by Stathis Avramidis Ph.D. with Nikos Kouremenos

* A History of Marathon Swimming by Joe Grossman, edited by Steve Walker and Dale Petranech

* Achieving the Impossible: A Fearless Leader, A Fragile Earth by Lewis Pugh

* Alone on a Wide Wide Sea by Robert McCormack

* America’s Girl: The Incredible Story of How Swimmer Gertrude Ederle Changed the Nation by Tim Dahlberg

* Annaleise Carr: How I Conquered Lake Ontario to Help Kids Battling Cancer by Annaleise Carr and Deborah Ellis

* Auf der Erfolgswelle schwimmen: Was junge Menschen wissen müssen, um erfolgreich zu werden (Float on the Wave of Success: What Young People Need to Know For Success) by Thomas Lurz and Yasmin M. Fargel

* Beaches of Oahu by John R. K. Clark

* Believe It Or Not by Michael Jennings

* Beter by Maarten van der Weijden

* Biomechanica: Theoretische mechanica toegepast op het bewegen van de mens by Huub Toussaint

* Blind Vision by James Pittar

* Blonde in Deep Water: Brenda Fisher: The Story of a Channel Swimmer by Lucy Wood

* Blue Mind: The Surprising Science That Shows How Being Near, In, On, or Under Water Can Make You Happier, Healthier, More Connected, and Better at What You Do by Wallace J. Nichols, Ph.D.

* Boss Of Me, The Keyshawn Johnson Story by Diana Nyad

* Captain Webb and 100 years of Channel Swimming by Margaret A. Jarvis

* CSA Handbook by the Channel Swimming Association

* Charles the savior by Stathis Avramidis, PhD

* Circle of Success: Lessons from a Lifetime of Sport by Bill Leach with Ted Newland

* Conquering the English Channel by George H. Pumphrey

* Conquest of the English Channel by Thomas Hetzel

* Dangerous When Wet The Shelley Taylor-Smith Story by Shelley Taylor-Smith and Ian Cockerill

* Dear Dr. Thompson: Felony murder, Hunter S. Thompson, and the Last Gonzo Campaign by Matthew Moseley

* DEEP: Freediving, Renegade Science, and What the Ocean Tells Us about Ourselves by James Nestor

* Diana Nyad’s Basic Training For Women by Diana Nyad

* Días Azules (Water Days) by Mariel Hawley

* Dip: Wild Swims from the Borderlands by Andrew Fusek Peters

* Discover Swimming (Descubre la Natación) by Robert Strauss

* Dr. Cory on KAATSU by Steven Munatones

* Dover Solo by Marcia Cleveland

* Downstream: a history and celebration of swimming the River Thames by Caitlin Davies

* Dr Rip’s Essential Beach Book by Rob Brander, Ph.D.

* Drown Proofing – Teaching Your Child to Swim by Régent Lacoursière

* Erica From America: Swimming from Europe to Africa by Erica Moffett

* Escape by Sarah Condor-Fisher

* Fair Sport – The History of Sport at the Canadian National Exhibition, 1879-1977 Inclusive by A.W. “Bill” Leveridge

* Fat Passion by Kelly Gneiting

* Fearless Swimming For Tri-athletes by Ingrid Loos Miller

* Find A Way by Diana Nyad

* Fighting the Current: The Rise of American Women’s Swimming, 1870-1926 by Lisa Bier

* First Strokes in Swimming by Commander Charles Gerald Forsberg OBE, RN

* GILLS by K. M. MacKinnon

* Gino the Minnow by Scott Weston Wolford

* Go Deeper: The Seven Ages of Water by Wallace J. Nichols, Ph.D.

* Grayson by Lynne Cox

* Haunts of the Black Masseur, The Swimmer as a Hero by Charles Sprawson

* History of Catalina Swims by Penny Dean, Ph.D.

* History of Life Guards & Lifesaving in America by Chuck Kroll

* History of Open-Water Marathon Swimming by Captain Tim Johnson

* Hardships Of A Marathonswimmer by Monique Blok-Wildschut

* How to Learn to Swim by Frederick Cavill

* How To Swim A Marathon by Penny Dean, Ph.D.

* Hung Out to Dry – Swimming and British Culture by Chris Ayriss

* Ice Breaker: The Freezing Story of Lynne Cox by John Diconsiglio

* In Cold Water by Mike Humphreys

* In My Element by Theodore Yach

* In Solo, Yet Never Alone: Swimming the Great Lakes by Laura Young

* Instructional Design That Soars: Shaping What You Know Into Classes That Inspire by Guila Muir

* It’s Cold in the Channel by Sam Rockett

* J’ai décidé de vivre (I Decided to Live) by Philippe Croizon

* J’apprends à nager by Régent Lacoursière

* James Pittar, Swimming the Continents by Claire Daniel

* Just Try One More by Penny Dean, Ph.D.

* KAATSU Beauty Edition by Steven Munatones

* KAATSU Military Edition by Steven Munatones

* Las Máscaras Sagradas En La Isla De Wakahay by Jose Diaz

* l’Art de Nager by Thomas Moette

* La Natation de Compétition by Régent Lacoursière

* L’aventure de l’eau libre by François-Bernard Tremblay

* Life After Death by Sue Pepper

* Life is Worth Swimming by Murray Rose

* Long Distance Swimming by Commander Charles Gerald Forsberg OBE, RN

* Lucky’s Collectors Guide to 20th Century Yo-Yos by Dr. Lucky Meisenheimer

* Man Can Swim Indefinitely by Henry Elionsky

* Man vs. Ocean by Adam Walker

* Marathon: The World of the Long-Distance Athlete by Gail Campbell

* Marathon Swimming: My Fun Journey by Yuko Matsuzaki

* Marathon Swimming: The Sport of the Soul by Paul Asmuth

* Marilyn Bell: The Heart-Stopping Tale of Marilyn’s Record-Breaking Swim by Patrick Tivy

* México Pelágico by Pelagic Life

* Modern Long Distance Swimming by Commander Charles Gerald Forsberg OBE, RN

* Nadando El Estrecho, Sus Orígenes Y Su Historia (Swimming the Strait, Its Origin and History) by Montserrat Tresserras Dou

* Near-Death Experiences while Drowning. Dying is not the End of Consciousness by Janice Miner Holden, Ed.D. and Stathis Avramidis, Ph.D.

* New Worlds to Conquer by Richard Halliburton

* Nine Ways to Cross a River, Midstream Reflections on Swimming and Getting There from Here by Akiko Busch

* Nothing Great Is Easy by Des Renford MBE with Ian Heads

* Ontberingen van een marathonzwemster (Rigors of a marathon swimmer) by Monique Wildschut

* Open Water Swimming by Steven Munatones

* Open Water Swimming: A Complete Guide for Distance Swimmers and Triathletes by Penny Dean, Ph.D.

* Open Water Swimming Almanac by Steven Munatones

* Open Water Swimming in South Africa, A Journal of the Cape Long Distance Swimming Association by Tony Sellmeyer

* Open Water Swimming – Lessons from Alcatraz by Joseph Oakes and Gary Emich

* Open Water Swimming Manual: An Expert’s Survival Guide For Triathletes And Open Water Swimmers by Lynne Cox

* Open Water Woman Swims Windermere by Jacqui Hargrave

* Other Shores by Diana Nyad

* Poliana Okimoto by Daniel Takata Gomes and Hélio de la Peña

* Rouging It In Rubber by Paul Boyton

* Sage Island by Samantha Warwick

* Saltwater Buddha by Jaimal Yogis

* Schwimmen by Glen Christiansen and Franziska Wischmann

* Science of Swimming Faster with Scott Riewald, Ph.D. and Scott Rodeo, M.D. with Steven Munatones

* Shark Attacks of the Twentieth Century; from the Pacific Coast of North America by Ralph S. Collier

* Shark Bait: How I Battled Tides, Fins and Fatigue to Complete the First Non-stop Swim Around Bermuda by Seán O’Connell

* Shark Don’t Scare Me by Luke Tipple

* Shark-Human Interaction by Erich Ritter, Ph.D.

* South with the Sun: Roald Amundsen, His Polar Explorations, and the Quest for Discovery by Lynne Cox

* Speed Swimming by C. M. Daniels

* Spineless by Juli Berwald, Ph.D.

* Sports Nutrition for Endurance Athletes by Monique Ryan

* Sport and Meditation by Sri Chinmoy

* Surviving the Sea of Life: The Triumphs and Tragedies of an Australian Olympian by Linda McGill

* Surviving the Shark: How a Brutal Great White Attack Turned a Surfer into a Dedicated Defender of Sharks by David McGuire

* Swell: A Year of Waves by Evan Slater and Peter Taras

* SWIM: Why We Love the Water by Lynn Sherr

* Swim to Glory: The Story of Marilyn Bell and the Lakeshore Swimming Club by Ron McAllister

* Swim Wild by Robbie Hudson, Jack Hudson and Calum Hudson

* Swimming in the Sink: An Episode of the Heart by Lynne Cox

* Swimming Short and Long Distances, Crawl Stroke and Diving by Jabez Wolffe

* Swimming, Short and Long Distances, Springboard Diving by Jabez Wolffe

* Swimming the Light: A Brief History of the Boston Light Swim 1907-1941 by Robert McCormack

* Swimming the Light: A Brief History of the Boston Light Swim 1976-2014 by Robert McCormack

* Swimming to Antarctica: Tales of a Long-Distance Swimmer by Lynne Cox

* Swimming with Smiles by Gary Standen with Claire Bunker-Fellingham

* Swimming With Shivers by Gary Standen with Claire Bunker-Fellingham

* Take It to the Limit by Julie Ridge

* Taking the Waters: A Swim Around Hampstead Heath by Caitlin Davies

* Textbook of Swimming by Jabez Wolffe

* The Art of Swimming by Captain Matthew Webb

* The Art of Swimming by Melchisédec Thévenot

* The Challenge of the English Channel: A Spiritual Approach to the Mount Everest of Swimming by Adriano Passini

* The Complete Book of Swimming by Phil Whitten

* The Crossing: The Curious Story of the First Man to Swim the English Channel by Kathy Watson

* The Day the Whale Came by Lynne Cox

* The Devil’s Teeth: A True Story of Obsession and Survival Among America’s Great White Sharks by Susan Casey

* The Fear Project by Jaimal Yogis

* The Forever Swim by Antonio Argüelles

* The Grace To Race: The Wisdom and Inspiration of the 80-Year-Old World Champion Triathlete Known as the Iron Nun by Sister Madonna Buder

* The Great Swim by Gavin Mortimer

* The Hinsdale Swimming Program by Don Watson

* The History of Olympic Swimming by Phil Whitten

* The Immune by Dr. Lucky Meisenheimer

* The Man Who Swam the Amazon – 3274 Miles on the World’s Deadliest River by Matthew Mohlke

* The Mindful Art of Wild Swimming: Reflections for Zen Seekers – Mindfulness Series by Tessa Wardley

* The Next Africa: An Emerging Continent Becomes a Global Powerhouse by Jake Bright

* The Open Water Swimmer by Sabrina Devonshire

* The Stolen Dragon of Quanx</a> by Becca Mann

* The Story of Swimming by Susie Parr

* The Wave: In Pursuit Of The Rogues, Freaks And Giants Of The Ocean by Susan Casey

* The Wisdom of Sri Chinmoy by Sri Chinmoy

* Træk Vejret – mere energi, mindre stress by Stig Åvall Severinsen Ph.D.

* Travesía Interminable by Antonio Argüelles

* Triathlon Swimming: Master Open-Water Swimming with the Tower 26 Method by Gerry Rodrigues and Emma-Kate Lidbury

* Triathlon Swimming Made Easy – The Total Immersion Way for Anyone to Master Open-Water Swimming by Terry Laughlin

* Tumble Turn by Natalie du Toit

* Two Faces of the English Channel, The Untold Story by Paul Jagasich

* Ultra Swimming by Claudia B. Manley

* Undercurrents of Power: Aquatic Culture in the African Diaspora by Kevin Dawson

* Underrättelser i simkonsten by Jöns Svanberg

* Water Margin – Hong Kong’s Link to the Sea by Matthew Flynn

* Waterlog: A Swimmer’s Journey Through Britain by Roger Deakin

* Where Mountains Come to Swim by Paul Lundgren

* Why We Swim by Bonnie Tsui

* Wider Than A Mile by Mimi Hughes

* Wild Guide Wales by Daniel Start

* Wild Portugal by Daniel Start

* Wild Swim by Kate Rew

* Wild Swimming Book by Kate Rew and Daniel Start

* Wild Swimming Hidden Beaches by Kate Rew and Daniel Start

* Wild Swimming Coast by Daniel Start

* Wild Swimming France by Daniel Start

* Wild Swimming Italy by Michele Tameni

* Wild Swimming Spain by Daniel Start

* Wild Swimming Sydney Australia by Sally Tertini and Steve Pollard

* Wild Swimming Walks: Dartmoor and South Devon by Sophie Pierce and Matt Newbury

* Wind, Waves and Sunburn: A Brief History of Marathon Swimming by Conrad Wennerberg

* Yoga and the Spiritual Life by Sri Chinmoy

* Young Woman and the Sea – How Trudy Ederle Conquered the English Channel and Inspired the World by Glenn Stout

* 大貫映子のスイミング (Onuki Teruko Swimming) by Teruko Onuki

* やっぱりスポーツが気にかかる! by Teruko Onuki

* ジョイフル・トライアスロン・マニュアル (Joyful Triathlon Manual) by Teruko Onuki

* マラソンスイミング (Marathon Swimming) by Teruko Onuki

* ドーバー海峡泳いじゃった! (I Swam The English Channel) by Teruko Onuki

* テルちゃんののびのびスイミング : ドーバー海峡横断の大貫映子が教える水泳教室 by Teruko Onuki

* オープンウォータースイミング (Open Water Swimming) by Teruko Onuki

Additional books will be added to this short initial list. Write to [email protected] if your favorite book – in any language – is not on this list.

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