How to prepare for an Open Water Race:
14 Steps of Success
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Running a marathon is no easy feat, but running an open water swimming race can be even more challenging. Whether you are just getting into the sport or have been doing outdoor swimming for years, there are some important things to keep in mind when training and preparing for your next race.
In this open water swimming guide, we will discuss 14 steps of success that will help make your next open water race go smoothly!
Step One: Be safe in the water.
All open water swimmers should be aware of their surroundings at all times and take note of any potential hazards, such as boat traffic or large waves that may come from a storm system. If you see a hazard coming your way, calmly swim to shore if it is close by! A few steps in the right direction can make a world of difference.
Step Two: Pick a Race
Step Three: Start Training Early
Step Four: Set Goals
Step Five: Get in Shape
Step Six: Practice Your Open Water Swimming Skills
It’s important to practice your skills before the race. For example, you should be able to swim at least a mile without stopping and be comfortable in open water so that this doesn’t become too stressful on race day. Practice makes perfect!
Step Seven: Practice Your Course
It is a good idea to practice your course before race day. This will help make sure that you know what to expect and can plan accordingly for training, equipment needs, etc.
Step Eight: Sleep
Sleep is important! Don’t forget about sleep and make sure that you are taking it easy on yourself before the race. This includes not partying too hard or stressing out (it will only hurt your performance!). Make sure that you get an adequate amount of rest beforehand, and don’t go to bed too late on the night before!
Step Nine: Determine What Gear You'll Need
There are a lot of things you will need – but it’s important not to overdo it. It is best to pack for everything and anything, so that if there is an emergency situation or course change, you will be ready. But it is also important to pack light so that you don’t become bogged down by your bag or weigh yourself down during the race.