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Tips For Open-Water Swimming

Summertime is swimming time, and if you're looking to swim in the great outdoors — in the first stage of triathlon or an open-water swim — you should check out these tips from Sugar user runningesq. She's a veteran triathlete and currently training for the Ironman Cozumel this November. Needless to say, she has experienced many open-water swims and we can all learn from her experience.

  • See if the race is wetsuit legal. If it is, buy or rent a wetsuit . . . it makes a big difference.
  • If you are new to open-water swimming start near the back and outside of the pack. The front is a human washing machine!
  • Expect to get knocked around a bit . . . with all the bodies, it's impossible not to knock into/ get knocked into other swimmers.
  • Every 4-5 stroke look UP . . . This goes against everything you've been taught in swimming, but you need to make sure you are going in the right direction. It's called "sighting."

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