Swimming In Open Water

Swimming In Open Water

The Swimming Open Water is defined as a competition that takes place in rivers, lakes, oceans or channels, except for tests or competitions 10 Km to be defined as Swimming Marathon. The age limit for all FINA (International Swimming Federation) Open Water events must be at least 14 years of age.

Swimming in open water

The distances of the swimming of open waters oscillate between the three thousand meters, passing by the Olympic distance of ten thousand meters until Crossings of thirty and five kilometers. The swimmer must be prepared to plan his hydration, protection against ultraviolet rays, frequent medical checkup and continuous review of the route to follow to avoid unnecessary loss. It is easy to lose the route because if the line that is intended to be drawn is frequently corrected, always the arm and leg of greater power will cause the swimmer to begin to advance in a circle, causing him to waste valuable time to position himself in the first place or, at the Less, among the most outstanding of the competition

Here are the most frequent problems that often appear in the practice of swimming in open water:

Loss of swimming goggles

Nothing is more desperate than rushing to find a hole in the exit, throwing head and lose glasses while entering the water and although rare, may be the premature and disastrous culmination of the race (not to mention contact lenses for that use them).

Swimming In Open WaterCramps

Muscle cramps during swimming are fairly common, more often punishing the area of the twins or the instep.

Bathing cap is torn or loose to

Maybe losing the hat does not look like the end of the world, but a swimmer with slightly long hair is a rather unpleasant experience. In addition the swimmer who loses the cap usually loses the glasses as well, since the glasses in most cases are tied or fastened on the cap.

The swell

Swimming in open water a few meters from the shore, whether in the ocean or at sea, can terrify when we face waves of two or more meters in height. Under normal conditions any common-sense career director will consider postponing the event. With the possibility of encountering waves your first instinct may be to pass them over, in fact the most intelligent (and this the surfers understand a lot) to break the waves is to jump head first just below them.

The better we develop all these aspects our contact with the sea and the test will facilitate us to look for answers to the changing situations and to avoid blockages and overwhelms. For example:

  • Working with extended stroke lengths, favored by a position and body control, creates less resistance to advancement (it is almost like the keel of a boat) and we fatigue less despite unfavorable circumstances (swell).
  • Simulating exits exaggerating the difficulty of advancement and provoking the contact will allow us to adapt the breathing and the rhythm. Because in that stretch breathing more often increases the likelihood of swallowing water and will surely be the fastest part of the test.
  • Carrying out training sessions that reach thresholds of suffering above the test (controlled) leads to greater mental toughness.
  • Swim alternating strokes with frontal breathing, with eyes closed, etc.

As a swimmer of open water I advise you to try to try, to fight against the sea, now, to do it with caution, accompanied and starting for small distances to gradually surpassing your own objectives.

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