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7 Open Water Swimming Tips You Didn't Know

By Sarah Wassner Flynn For Active.com

For many people, swimming can be the biggest barrier to entering a triathlon. While the thought of slipping into a murky body of water with a huge group of strangers may not give you the warm and fuzzies, swimming doesn't have to be so scary. Here, two top triathlon coaches weigh in on how to conquer the swim without the panic.

Five top stretches for swimmers

Op de website van H2Open verschijnen regelmatig artikelen over trainen. Deze over trechen wilde ik jullie niet onthouden. De plaatjes onder het artikel spreken voor zich. Zeker interessant voor de Masters onder ons die "op de terugweg" zijn.

Super oordoppen?

Op Facebook zag ik een blog met daarin erg geavanceerd lijkende oordoppen. De fabrikant beweert dat ze waterdicht ijn en kko geluirdoorlatend. Voor onze sporters met fequente oorontstekingen, maar ook zij die doppen gebruikende tegen onderkoeling, lijkt dit een uitkomst. Als iemand ervaring ermee heeft hoor ik dat graag.

Al die afkortingen!

In de loop der jaren krijgen we te maken met steeds meer afkortingen en acronymen. Soms duizelt het. Vooral als het ook nog eens in het Engels is. Op de website van Steven Munatones, The Daily News of Open Water Swimming staat een mooie verzameling:

Stappenplan op weg naar je doel(en)

In de loop van tijd ontdek ik dat er een algemeen sjabloon is voor het voorbereiden van een belangrijke solo zwemuitdaging. Ik heb er een stappenplan van gemaakt. Het zijn uiteindelijk 8 stappen geworden. Onderstaande schema geeft mijn gedachtengang weer:

How long do people have to train to swim the English Channel?

Op de website van H2Open vond ik dit lezenswaardige bericht van Simon Griffith:

I was asked this question through the website Quora, and this is the answer I gave. If anyone who has swum the Channel wants to add anything, please leave a comment or send a message through our contacts page.

Not having swum the English Channel I don’t feel fully qualified to answer but I’m happy to share what I’ve learnt and observed in five years of publishing H2Open. The longest open water swim I’ve done is the 10.5-mile length of Windermere.

How to mentally cope with the cold in open water swimming

Adam Walker is one of the very few "Ocean's 7" swimmers. On his Blog het writes about coping with low temperatures.

If you ask any open water swimmer what is their biggest fear about swimming the English Channel at the top of the list would most probably be ‘The Cold!’

Your body’s amazing reaction to water

Writer James Nestor explores the science of the “mammalian dive reflex,” the phenomenon by which water triggers an immediate decrease in heart rate.

In 1949, a stocky Italian air force lieutenant named Raimondo Bucher decided to try a potentially deadly stunt off the coast of Capri, Italy. Bucher would sail out to the center of the lake, take a breath and hold it, and free-dive down one hundred feet to the bottom. Waiting there would be a man in a diving suit. Bucher would hand the diver a package, then kick back up to the surface. If he completed the dive, he’d win a fifty-thousand-lira bet; if he didn’t, he would drown.

Survivor gives lessons learned from shark attack in Lanikai

As a triathlete and regular swimmer, it is easy to forget that open water swimming can have unexpected dangers.

Being a member of a swim club has its advantages when it comes to safety. For example, a local Kailua club regularly swims two routes, either around Popoia (flat) island from Kailua Beach or to the Mokulua (Moks) Islands from Lanikai Beach. They always have two kayakers watching the group, ready to respond in case of an emergency.

My Saturday mostly started like previous weekend mornings: a morning swim followed by some other activity, such as biking, hiking or running. However, this morning I chose to not swim with the swim club like I normally do and stayed back to wait for my friend.

5 Reasons why you Need Wild Swimming in your Life!

Posted by Robbie Wild Hudson on 28/10/2015 in Wild Swimming.

Go your own way

Wild Swimming is versatile and easy to align with your personal motivations and fitness levels. This is one of its major attractions. Whether you decide to embark on a two-minute dip in a local lake, an ice mile or an epic sea crossing between continents, it is always up to you to decide.

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