...well, I don't know to be honest. Sometimes before a start of a race I look like this:
When the gulf looks like a washing machine, you know it will be a changeling swim. (Please note the girl smiling behind me, she just told me she's never swam in the gulf before and wanted to know what she needed to do. Awesome)
DS from Pain lets you know you're still alive asked a few questions on my last post about open water swimming. For those of you who do not know my background, I've been swimming since I was 7...and I'm almost 30. I'm pretty comfortable swimming in almost anything. Except for massive amounts of seaweed. Gross. Anyway, when it comes to the secret, most of it is mental. I think the biggest issue is the anxiety that comes with the start of a race. Figuring out where the buoys are, how deep the water is, battling all the people around you, just to name a few. So the first pointer would be to stay calm, get a rhythm, and focus on where you are. The last thing anyone wants to do is to swim further then they need to!
Another thing is to find a comfortable pair of goggles. I LOVE the old school Swedish goggles. I've been using these bad boys for YEARS. But lately I've found that when I do swim in the gulf, the lack of cushion on the Swedish cause irritation in my eye sockets. Major irritation, kind of like I burnt my eyelids. So today I broke away and purchased a new pair. I was just a bit stressed out deciding on a pair - but since I had a Nike gift card, it helped narrow the choices down:
So we'll see how these guys measure up to the old faithful Swedish.
Don't drink the water. Try to keep your mouth shut except with you breath. Salt water tastes like crap and can tear up your tummy if you take in to much. After any open water swim, I grab a cup of water just to wash out my mouth. You can't avoid it all together, but just try not to get mouthfuls.
We're doing a 'back yard triathlon' tomorrow morning with a 2.4 mile open water swim, so if I think of anymore after the swim, I'll let you know. But if anyone has anything to add, please do! I hope this helps!
So...when I was at the nike store - I came across this bad boy:
Could not help myself. :)
Happy training everyone!!