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Monday, March 23, 2015

When The Tough Get Going In The Open Water

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Night Train Swimmers did a 6-mile turbulence training swim from Buoy 7 to Point Bonita, near the entrance of the Golden Gate Bridge.

"The water temperature was 58°F," describes Vito Bialla. "Life is good. Night Train Swimmers are as tough as Navy SEALs."

By the looks of the water conditions, life seems to best for the Night Train Swimmers when the conditions are as tough as Navy SEALs.

When the water is extremely bumpy with the turbulence of the infamous Potato Patch, it is difficult to swim. But some people love the bumpy ride of turbulent waters.

We observe the most tolerant of these rough water swimmers who swim in a relaxed fashion despite the turbulence. They do not fight the water, but simply rise and fall with the surface chop. Instead of forcing themselves through the water, they attempt to maintain a strong (i.e., tight) core and keep a straight hand path under the water. Their legs serve more like ballasts than a means of propulsion and they breathe further back than normal in order to avoid mouthfuls of seawater.

Sunday on the high seas. from Kimberley Chambers on Vimeo.

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