Get Your Cap On and Your Goggles Ready For Our Upcoming Open Water Swimming Events: Bardowie Loch 1&2k swims on 31st May
It is a daunting prospect; swimming in a cold loch for the first time and even more so, if it is your first event. What if there are deep underwater creatures? Or there are fish that dart around your toes and try to bite them alongside slimy seaweed that wraps its’ way around your legs and tries to drown you in the deep fathoms of the loch. You have all these thoughts to contend with so shed your anxiety and come to terms with your fears.
One of the only ways to deal with your anxious thoughts and prepare for an Open Water Swimming event is to swim in the water regularly. You become accustomed to the feeling of the water, the things around you and accept your fears upon regular immersion.
It is unadvisable to only swim in the pool before an Open Water Event. When you swim in the pool, you swim in a lane by yourself. In the open water you may have hundreds of competitors around you. Be wary of this and engage in an open water swimming training plan where you can get into the water at least once or twice a week. By doing so you are able to familiarise yourself with the water and those around you. It is vital to remember that strong swimmers in the pool aren’t always strong swimmers in open water.
Tips For An Event:
1. Come along to Vigour Event’s regular training sessions in the open water. Engage in the camaraderie and encourage one another to improve swimming times and strokes. We all know that having a friend always makes exercise a little easier.
2. Build up your fitness before an event and clock your mileage. Invest in coaching with our founder Robert Hamilton to improve your stroke in the lead up to an event.
3. Eat plenty of protein to repair your muscles.
4. Bring flip-flops with you so you can walk to the water’s edge without worrying about standing on any stones.
5. Don’t try to test the water with your hands or feet. This will only confirm how painful you think the water is going to be. Tackle the initial cold shock by getting into the water smoothly to get accustomed to the temperature.
6. Test all your gear before an event. You don’t want your goggles to fog up or your wetsuit to be too tight or too loose. This may affect your swimming performance.
7. Never swim alone in open water. Swim with trained safety advisors at hand to get you out of trouble if you find yourself in it.
8. Learn bilateral breathing and practice breathing on both sides to allow you to balance your stroke.
9. Lastly have Fun.
Open water swimming has its challenges however if you commit and provide dedication to the exercise you will find that you will reap a multitude of rewards. Come along to our training and find out.