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Friday, March 29, 2013

Triathletes vs. Open Water Swimmers. What Do You Know?

USC vs. UCLA. Cosmonauts vs. astronauts. Vegan vs. carnivores. Yankees vs. Red Sox. Football vs. fútbol. There are all kinds of various opposites and contrasts in the world.

The same is true if you are a triathlete or an open water swimmer.

You know you are a triathlete if...

1. A sprint takes you at least 2 hours
2. Lava is a magazine
3. Your training bikes cost you more than your car
4. You own wetsuits in different thicknesses
5. You have 3 coaches and a masseuse
6. Bonking is a common topic of discussion
7. Kona only means one thing
8. You shave your legs more than your spouse
9. You can fit 2 pairs of Swedish goggles inside your favorite pair of goggles
10. Transitions are critical junctures in a race as opposed to in your life

On the other hand, you know you are an open water swimmer...
1. Your bicycle only has one gear
2. Your running shoes cost less than your cheapest swimsuit
3. You own more goggles than the number of years you spent in college
4. You can detect the scent of chlorine from a distant parking lot
5. The bum side of your swimsuit is much more faded than the front
6. You know at least 4 different routes to your closet body of water
7. Your ankles are as flexible as when you were a teenager
8. You know the temperature of the water by dipping your toes in
9. Pools feel too warm
10. You have sunscreen and Vaseline in your bag, office and car

Photo shows the Henley Swim.

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Open Water Swimming Magazine

The Open Water Swimming Magazine is the monthly magazine entirely focused on open water swimming heroes and heroines of every age, ability, and background. Published by the World Open Water Swimming Association, the Open Water Swimming Magazine is a free benefit to WOWSA members.

WOWSA Member Benefits include 12 issues of the Open Water Swimming Magazine, the annual 276-page Open Water Swimming Almanac, a free listing in Sponsor My Swim, outstanding product discounts from FINIS, an entry in Openwaterpedia and more...

The Other Shore

The Other Shore follows world record holder and legendary swimmer Diana Nyad as she comes out of a thirty-year retirement to re-attempt an elusive dream: swimming 103 miles non-stop from Cuba to Florida without the use of a shark cage. Her past and present collide in her obsession with a feat that nobody has ever accomplished. At the edge of The Devil’s Triangle, tropical storms, sharks, venomous jellyfish, and one of the strongest ocean currents in the world, all prove to be life-threatening realities. Timothy Wheeler’s documentary brings Diana Nyad’s extraordinary adventure to life as Diana sets out to prove that will and determination are all you need to make the unimaginable possible.

2014 Open Water Swimming Almanac

An Almanac for Open Water Swimming

An almanac is essentially a body of knowledge which is so complete that it enables people in different fields to make predictions about the future of their respective industries.

This, for example, was the purpose of the traditional farmers almanacs. It enabled farmers to determine as accurately as possible which crops to plant for the greatest harvests in a given year.

But the farmers almanac was just one example among many.
There are, of course, many different kinds of almanacs.

In fact, there is even one for open water swimming...

Preview the Open Water Swimming Almanac:

The trends are very clear.
The tide is rising for open water swimming.


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