Swimming faster; something we all want to do right? More often than not this is one of the hardest things for many swimmers to achieve. Your swim performance has three main foundations; your technique; your fitness and your open water skills. The more proficient you are at all three the faster you will swim. Swim technique is often over looked or at least gets the smallest amount of attention. To swim faster often we need to try less. Sounds kind of weird but it is true. Swimming is not about brute strength or fighting your way through the water. It’s about finesse and keeping your movements smooth. This means you’ll be creating less drag. With less effort AND less drag you will swim faster than with more brute effort and more drag. Fitness involves swimming at least three times a week. Changing the variables; distances swum, intensities you are swimming at and the rest periods between sets. If you do the same training swim each time your body will quickly adapt and you will plateau. Open water skills are developed while you are out there ‘doing it’. The more diverse open water situations you can experience the comfortable you will be and the more adept at handling a range of open water conditions; cold water, rough water, sun strike, wind, current, swim buoys that are difficult to see. These factors all require experience and rehearsal in order to manage comfortably. If you’re only training in a pool you will not be developing your open water skills. Mix up your training, open water and in the pool. Get some help with technique if you need it. Work on all three of the fundamentals; technique , fitness and open water skills and you will most certainly swim a lot faster.
Race day is not the time to figure out that your wetsuit doesn’t fit right, you can’t swim in a straight line or you feel uncomfortable not being able to touch the bottom.
Our coaching is designed to help you get prepared for all the small factors that can cause apprehension during an open water swim; the right equipment, comfort in natural water temperatures, deep water, currents, wind and waves. Gaining come insight into these factors helps swimmers become more confident which allows you to focus on the important item; enjoying your open water swim.
Nervous Equals Ready
Those butterflies in your stomach, that heightened sensation prior to an open water swim; these sensations which we commonly call ‘nerves’ are your bodies’ way of getting ready for the work ahead. Nerves are good. It means you are ready.
Nerves can be accentuated if you are under prepared. If you have not done any open water swimming some practice swims in open water is recommended prior to racing in open water. You can come and join us http://fitandabel.com/events-bookings/fitabel-summer-201213-series/open-water-fitness-and-technique-series/ for a relaxed supervised open water training session.
Once you have done some preparation you will feel more confident. It is then time to accept the butterflies in your stomach as a good thing rather than fighting them and trying to make them go away. Realise that most every single person on the start line will have nervousness of differing levels. It is perfectly natural.
Once the starter sounds your nerves will help you get started. The problem is nervousness in this situation will help you swim faster than you ever have before if you don’t control the situation. Letting your nerves carrying you out too fast at the start can result in feeling overloaded, out of breath and apprehensive after only 100 or 200 metres. You are far better consciously holding your pace back for the first 100 or 200 metres. After which time you’ll find the nerves have settled, your body has physiologically adjusted to the workload and you can get on with the job at hand … having a great swim.
Remember : Nervous Equals Ready
The Quail Island swim is offered as part of our RealSwim Adventures Custom swim. There are a number of options from a 2km one way, a 4 km two way or a fantastic 8km Island circumnavigation for the experienced open water swimmer.
We are currently using this location to help swimmers prepare for the Epic NZ Open Water Swim Championships in Taupo Jan 2014.
You can have your own Quail Island RealSwim Adventure swim or you can join us Saturday 8 March for a fully supported sportive 8km circumnavigation of Quail Island. Cost for this trip is $60. Numbers are limited, first in first served. Bookings and inquiries at this link http://www.realswimadventures.com/adventure-tours/custom-swim-adventures/ or e-mail us firstname.lastname@example.org
RealSwim Adventures founder Dan Abel features on the August cover of H2Open Magazine swimming in Queen Charlotte Sound home of our Cook Strait RealSwim Adventure . Check out the H2Open Magazine to view the article and make sure you visit the Cook Strait/Marlborough Sounds open water swimming tours on the Real Swim Adventures website.
Realswim Adventures are extraordinary swimming experiences in the beautiful waters of New Zealand and the Cook Islands. RealSwim locations are surrounded by some of the world’s most breath taking scenery.
New Zealand has a beautiful native environment and some unique flora and fauna. Being a proud kiwi, owner Dan Abel supports the Kakapo Recovery program.
The kakapo can only be found in New Zealand and every year countless people from around the world – including dozens of hard working volunteers – give their time and energy trying to save the kakapo from the brink of extinction.The ancient, flightless Kakapo is the world’s rarest and strangest parrot. It is the only flightless and nocturnal parrot, as well as being the heaviest in the world, weighing up to 3.5 kilograms (8 lbs). Continue reading →