The new swimming season has begun

Swim season 2020 - 2021 has begun. Follow professional open water swimmer and swimmer Lars Bottelier in his journey dream to the Olympic 10K in open water swimming. How is he doing both physically and mentally?

I’ve been back in training for five weeks already, so it is clear that the swimming season of 2020/2021 has begun. This will be a swimming season to remember, as there are still no races. It is time to take a moment to look where we are after these five weeks and where we want … Read more The new swimming season has begun

Maxim Sports Nutrition is my new partner

Maxim is Lars Bottelier - professional open water swimmer - his new sponsor and partner. Thanks to their products Lars can achieve better results in the ultramarathons. Follow Lars his swim blog and Road to Paris 2024 for the latest updates.

‘We bring the fuel, you bring the body.’ That’s what my new partner Maxim Sports Nutrition stands for. I am very happy that, together with Maxim, I can reach better achievements. Going back to Maxim I know Maxim for years. I am a huge fan of their products and I used them for a long … Read more Maxim Sports Nutrition is my new partner

Swim races in 2020: the new swimming

Swimmer Lars Bottelier is telling you in his swim blog about his Road to Paris 2024. How are swim races in times of these crisis? Swimming season 2020 - 2021 has started for open water swimmer Lars Bottelier. This swim challenge in Volendam (the Netherlands) was the start of it from

Today (1st of June, 2020) I participated in the 50-minute Challenge of It wasn’t an official race, but it did was a good moment to test myself. I did see this challenge as my first ‘race’ of the new swimming season. With minimal time in the water after my break, I was curious how … Read more Swim races in 2020: the new swimming

#StayFit 5: My fitness after 7 weeks of no swimming

#StayFit 5: my fitness after 7 weeks of no swimming - Swim blog of Lars Bottelier for open water swimmers and open water swimming training. How is it to swim after a 7 week break? And what did I learn from 7 weeks of no open water swimming?

I am so happy that I can say I am swimming regularly again. The past week I did almost 20K of swimming. This is a good start of the new swimming season, which basically started last week. Because the possibility to swim is growing week by week, this will be my last blog in the … Read more #StayFit 5: My fitness after 7 weeks of no swimming

#StayFit 4: Keep your overall fitness high with cycling

#StayFit 4 - cycling is the perfect alternative training session for open water swimming and swimmers. In this swimming blog open water swimmer Lars explains how he used cycling to stay fit during the corona crisis. It is the perfect work-out as a replacement for the longer cardio work-outs of swimming.

Is has been more than one week now since the swimming pools have opened here in the Netherlands. Finally, I was also able to swim a couple of times. The first conclusion for myself is that I stayed incredible fit in the past 8 weeks that I (almost) couldn’t swim. I must admit that my … Read more #StayFit 4: Keep your overall fitness high with cycling

#StayFit 3: Dryland is more important than ever

Lars Bottelier is a professional ultra marathon swimmer - open water training and excercises - gives in this StayFit swim blog series tips about dryland stability, flexiblity and mobility. How can you use this to your advantage as a open water swimmer. Fort instance a better freestyle and front crawl.

Yes! It is time for blog 3 of the #StayFit series. But before I start I must say: I (and probably a lot more swimmers in the Netherlands) am very happy that our government announced a reopening of the swimming pools. This is for both the indoor and outdoor pools. I hope that they come … Read more #StayFit 3: Dryland is more important than ever

#StayFit 1: Stay fit without swimming

#Stayingfit 1: staying fit without swimming - in this blog I am going to tell you how I stayed fit and how I am getting more fit withing the next weeks. With alternative excercises: cycling, skipping, running and more. This blog is made by a professional openwater swimmer for all swimmers.

Welcome to my first English blog and my new blog series: #StayFit. I am going to tell you how I stayed fit the last period and also how I am going to become more fit within the next weeks. In Holland most swimmers can’t swim in the pool (exceptions for prof athletes from the National … Read more #StayFit 1: Stay fit without swimming