5 rules to beat the tricksters of the open water competitions

Things don’t always go as planned. Competitions are often full of unpredicted moments, risks and unexpected episodes that disrupt the otherwise perfect competition that we’d planned so perfectly.

Usually one can manage to be tolerant (but not too much) with the variables like the rough water, the wobbly starting block or that pain that keeps bothering us during the swim, but it’s harder to be tolerant towards the rough, unsportsmanlike, “tricksters” of the open waters.

If you want to know how to avoid these irritating athletes you can read these 5 simple but essential tips!

#1 Look around

The Butlin International Cross Channel Swimming Race 1957 (1957)

Long version of the newsreel story GIRL WINS MASS SWIM - special for Butlin's - mute only.

Greta Andersen winning Butlin's EC race.

Is a cold water swim good for you, or more likely to send you to the bottom?

Denk er over wat je wilt:

There are people who will tell you that a dip in cold water is not just exhilarating and enlivening, but good for you. They have not, they will tell you, had a cold for years. In many nations there is a cultural tradition of cold water dips – whether that’s a swim on special occasions such as Boxing Day or New Year’s Day as in the UK, or as part of a routine of alternating hot saunas and cold baths perceived to have health benefits, such as in Japan, Germany, Russia and Scandinavia.

“America’s Best Girl” stole the nation’s heart by swimming the English Channel in 1926, and later dedicated herself to the deaf children she taught to swim

President Calvin Coolidge gave her the nickname “America’s Best Girl” after she swam across the English Channel in 1926. In her day, Gertrude Ederle captured the public’s imagination in the same way as other athletic and patriotic heroes like slugger Babe Ruth and aviator Charles A. Lindbergh. She was overwhelmed when an estimated 2 million people showed up in the financial district for a ticker-tape parade on August 27 celebrating her accomplishment, chanting “Trudy! Trudy!” (Never mind that her family actually called her “Gertie.”) She sustained a career as a minor celebrity for about a decade before retreating into a quiet life of teaching deaf children how to swim.

Petar Stoychev, Like No Other In The Open Water

Petar Stoychev has checked off nearly all the possible boxes in the open water swimming world throughout his lengthy career:

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Remarkably, he has won international championships that have ranged from 2°C (35.6°F) to 32°C (89.6°F) including the uber-competitive 1 km race at the 2017 Ice Swimming Aqua Sphere World Championships in Burghausen, Germany.

Rottemeren krijgt nieuwe Molentocht

De Rottemeren kende een KNZB-wedstrijd eind van het vorige milennium. Lang geleden. Hoewel er best nog actieve zwemmers zijn die deze wedstrijd zich nog kunnen heugen. De langste afstand was daar de 5km. 10 maal een baanlengte van 500m. Op afstand van de baan waren de molens langs het water wel zichtbaar. We koersten op de heenweg ook richting een van deze monumenten. We zwommen er echter nooit langs.

Monterey Bay Swimming Association adding on new swims

The Amazing Monterey Bay
The Monterey Bay is one of our nation's most spectacular and protected bodies of water. The Bay offers some of the best wildlife viewing in the world and is sometimes referred to as the "Serengeti of the Sea." With about 300 square miles of open water, the interior of the Bay offers a wide range of swim possibilities from one mile club swims to ultra-marathon Bay Crossings.

The Monterey Bay Swimming Association is dedicated to supporting those who wish to undertake marathon and ultra-marathon swims in the Monterey Bay. The MBSA is available to observe and sanction swims and is dedicated to the safety, integrity, and accurate documentation of these swims and to preserve the traditions of marathon swimming by following internationally recognized rules and standards. The MBSA is also available to review and document historical swims completed prior to its inception.

Brave swimmers strip off to jump into freezing cold waters for Christmas Day dips in London, Dorset and Devon

As Brits their unwrapped presents in the comfort of their own home this morning these swimmers braved far cooler temperatures for a host of annual Christmas swims.

Dozens of hardy swimming enthusiasts, with some donning festive attire, took to the likes of London, Dorset and Devon for a traditional festive swim.

Drafting etiquette

Sometimes I begin a training session in a lane that is far too full for me to be able to successfully complete what I had planned. Whether you swim in a 25 m or 50 m pool, the lanes become like congested roads during the rush-hour, full of excited swimmers ready to overtake as soon as you slow down. When this happens there is only one plus point: drafting.

Swimming behind or alongside (but close to) another athlete helps you save 25% energy. You can swim faster and more efficiently, but it is not always as easy as it might seem.

6 tips for improving your open water swim

The racing season is almost with us. Lots of you will have spent the holiday focusing on how to improve your swimming, but how many of you will really be able to transfer the skills learnt in the pool to your Ironman or open water races? Here are some valuable tips that might help you improve your swim leg in races.

1. Swimming horizontally and keeping your balance.

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