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Thursday, May 8, 2014

10 Untruths In Open Water Swimming

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Open water swimming coaches have knowledge about physiology, training methodologies, nutrition, hydration, racing strategies, marine life, the marine environment, marine conditions, and the psychology of the swimmers who they coach.

But sometimes they combine their experience of psychology and the mindset of their swimmer in a dynamic environment and express various shades of truth to their swimmers. While many swimmers want to know exactly what is happening, some coaches use their judgment when discussing, motivating and explaining what is happening in the open water.

For example...

1. It is not THAT far away [when talking about the shoreline or the next turn buoy].
2. It is not THAT cold [when talking about the water temperature].
3. It doesn't hurt THAT much [when talking about jellyfish stings].
4. There are not TOO many [when talking about the number of jellyfish].
5. It is not TOO big [when talking about a passing whale].
6. They are far away [when talking about hearing clicks and whistles of a whale or dolphin pod].
7. No, that was nothing [confirming the alleged sighting of a wave shark].
8. Give me 5 more minute of fast swimming [when encouraging a swimmer to swim another 800-1200 meters through a tough eddy or current]
9. You look fine [when commenting on their physical appearance after a swim].
10. You can catching him [when the swimmer is giving it their all].

Photo shows coaches waiting and wading in the Caribbean Sea at the FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix in Cancun, Mexico.

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