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How to Conquer Open Water Swimming, Swish Style

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Hello all women swimmers! Do you love swimming in the open water, but are tired of freezing and not getting anywhere?  Do you have trouble fighting the waves, or maintaining buoyancy?  We here at Swish Suits have the answer![youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1LGA6o9z7sQ&feature=channel_video_title[/youtube] Swish’s Tips for Training for Long Distance Open Water Swimming 1)    Be Properly Attired: Make sure to invest in a good wetsuit.  Heat loss can cause a swimmer to cramp, or even worse, to suffer hypothermia. Also make sure to invest in a suit that is flexible.  Swimming requires a lot of movement and it helps to not be restricted. If you are biking or running immediately after, fighting with your wetsuit can cause frustration and wasted time. We suggest Swish Suits as their heat retention and flexibility is unparalleled. The Swish Team just ran the Chicago Triathlon as amateurs and said that their suits kept them both warm and cut down on their transition time. Also be sure to purchase properly fitting goggles and cap. Now you are ready to just get in there!

2)    Start Slow: Do not push yourself past your limits the first couple of times out. Open water swimming is very different than pool swimming.  The wide expanse and current/waves can be quite frightening the first time out, especially if you cannot touch the bottom. Take it easy until you get in a comfortable rhythm and are sure of your limits. 3)    Propulsion Techniques and Buoyancy: Your legs are much stronger than your arms; be sure to use them! A lot of people have trouble with their lower body sinking further down in the water then their upper body. This causes power to be lost when kicking as the momentum is directed upwards instead of forwards.  To solve this make sure your core is strong. Press your core towards your spine in order to stabilize your lower body.  This will cause your lower body to remain on the same plane as your upper body, meaning the power of your kick cycles will be directed forwards. Do not ignore your arms though. Extend them as far as possible and pull back while cupping your hand to move you forwards. Core strengthening exercises, free weights, and stretching on the side will help with buoyancy and proper propulsion techniques. 4)    Warm Up: Do not just jump into the water, especially if it is cold! Stretch properly with some very light cardio to warm your muscles up.  This will help prevent cramping throughout your swim. 5)    Maintain a Proper Diet: Make sure to eat the day that you train. Give some time to digest before swimming though. Also be sure to get enough potassium. We here at Swish Suits like a breakfast of oatmeal and bananas with a protein fruit shake.  Properly hydrate as well, because muscles contract with dehydration Remember: Everyone is different! Consult your dietician for a professional opinion. 6)    Build Up: Challenge yourself once you are comfortable with your limits. Do new routes or different strokes. Training is supposed to be fun!

We hope that you found this guide helpful. We here at Swish Suits love open water swimming and try to go at least three times a week. We want to hear about your experiences! Send us photos or testimonials about your experiences at victoria@swishsuits.com. Swish it good out there! [contentblock id=6 img=html.png]