Open water swimming can be a shock to the system if you’re not fully ready. But luckily, there are lots of ways to prepare for open water in the comfort of your own pool.
IMPROVE YOUR TECHNIQUE
When swimming a long distance, it is vital to be comfortable with your stroke.
The majority of open water competitors will swim front crawl so start by making sure yours is in good shape.
A few tweaks to your front crawl technique could make huge differences to your stroke efficiency and save you valuable energy for that final 200 metres!
Try incorporating some stroke work into your swimming sessions – get into the habit of counting the number of strokes it takes to complete a length then aim to reduce your stroke count but maintain a similar speed.