Question for long distance swimmers

  • nomad4life

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    Apr 05, 2014 11:10 PM GMT
    So I did the St. Kitts & Nevis Channel Swim again this year and found that my time had actually increased by about half an hour (last year I crossed it in 1:34, this year was freaking 2hrs!). Now true, the currents could have been stronger that day, I did get sidetracked by some sea turtles, blah blah, but next year I want to make sure that doesn't happen again. Anyone know of some water based exercises for long distance swimming? Or should I just continuously do laps?
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    Apr 05, 2014 11:18 PM GMT
    endurance training.

    strength training.

    Cycle through the two (I don't mean on a bike)

    You want to be as strong as you possibly can be while maximising the efficiency of your body over the long haul.

    The stronger you are the less effort it will be to swim through water, the less energy it will take to do it.

    stay out of hypertrophy zone of training.
  • Bunjamon

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    Apr 06, 2014 2:27 PM GMT
    The problem with open water swimming is that there are so many external factors that can affect your time: wind, current, becoming disoriented and swimming in the wrong direction, environmental hazards (animals, shallow water, debris), etc. Sometimes, you just have to accept that you time may be longer, since the conditions are not only different each time you race, but are constantly changing. Next year maybe you'll but 30 minutes off because the wind will be blowing you in the right direction. It'll be an ego boost for sure, but it won't mean anything about how well you trained. icon_wink.gif
  • nomad4life

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    May 06, 2014 10:19 PM GMT
    Thanks for the advice liltanker. And yeah Bunjamon, we'll see next year
  • azswimrun

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    Jun 17, 2014 10:29 PM GMT
    join a masters swim group icon_smile.gif