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2013-07-04 7:31 PM


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Subject: Open Water Swimming
Hey guys,
I'm new to triathlon I have my first sprint distance in 2 weeks, I am also registered for an Olympic distance in a month. I am a strong runner and I've become quite comfortable on the bike (avg 28-30 km/hr). I am also a good swimmer in the pool but I had my first open water swim a few days ago, a 500m, and it went horrible. Just couldn't get in the swing of it and found the wetsuit every hard to adjust too. Is this normal for the first time?


2013-07-04 8:18 PM
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Yes. You are normal. Pool swims are easy. OWS swimming is somewhat difficult because there is no wall, no lane and no line.
The wetsuit thing is something you will have to get used to or get a better fitting one. For sprints, don't use one. Unless its cold.
Find a group OWS near you and get used to it.
2013-07-04 8:54 PM
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I joined a group and the water is cold where I'm too. The wetsuit is needed. Thanks.
2013-07-05 8:04 AM
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Yes Very Very Common, get in the water early when you go to your group swim if you can, float around in the wetsuit for awhile to get used to it, warm up a bit close to shore while waiting for the group swim to start, its amazing 15 to 20 minutes in the water before the swim starts will relax you a lot. also the more OWS swims you do the easier it will become it took me about 4 OWS to get really comfortable in the water, even the first swim this year after more then 20 OWS's last year was a disaster for me with a couple of panic attacks where I just had to roll over on My back and float for a bit to gather it back up but the next week after that it was like back to being old Hat again with no problems what so ever.
2013-07-05 8:44 AM
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What's going on with the wetsuit? Restrictive , mobility , balance everything ?
2013-07-05 3:13 PM
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One awesome trick that I always do during OWS, especially long-distance ones (5 miles+) is to seriously just wait on the shore for people to go...about 30 seconds or so, and then I go. That way, if I don't catch up to the pack, I have my own space and own room, and if I do catch up to the pack, everyone is spread out enough where I can safely pass them without having to be in the middle of the Cuisinart start.

OWS is all about staying calm and getting into your own pace, while blocking out everyone else. I find this easiest if I just let everyone go and I do my thing.


2013-07-06 4:07 AM
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yes its normal from my experience. I'm in Ireland so all my OWS's are with a wetsuit.

While the wetsuit is great for giving you added buoyancy this throws your stroke out to begin with making your timing feel way off. If your confident in the pool then I'm confident you will be fine in the open too with a little practice. Just relax, slow your stroke down, concentrate on your breathing and take i t easy to begin with. If possible at your location swim shorter distaces parallel to the shore to begin with just to get your confidence up.

I love OWS's now - much rather them to the pool and try to get them in as often as possible. Have fun!
2013-07-20 1:59 PM
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Thanks everyone. After practicing with the wetsuit a few times I'm very relaxed in open water now!
2013-07-20 10:45 PM
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Originally posted by KatieSwim12 One awesome trick that I always do during OWS, especially long-distance ones (5 miles+) is to seriously just wait on the shore for people to go...about 30 seconds or so, and then I go. That way, if I don't catch up to the pack, I have my own space and own room, and if I do catch up to the pack, everyone is spread out enough where I can safely pass them without having to be in the middle of the Cuisinart start. OWS is all about staying calm and getting into your own pace, while blocking out everyone else. I find this easiest if I just let everyone go and I do my thing.

 

Great advice

2013-07-21 8:24 AM
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I find that just getting in the water and floating around and getting in a relaxed state of mind helps. You are lucky in that you are a good swimmer, you will adjust quickly!

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