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Old 09-13-2012
kentakirk kentakirk is offline
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I am happy to report that I survived my 5K open water swim. As predicted the waves were between 3 and 4 feet and very choppy. It was a triangular course with bad chop on two legs and a helping wind on the third. What a treat to ride the waves into shore on the home leg! All of the advice was spot on.

1. Sighting was a problem due to the height of the waves and I often had to look two or three times to catch sight of the bouy between waves. We had skyscrapers to sight off of for two of the legs.

2. I decreased my stroke rate and found that I had less wave disruption in my rhythm and stroke.

3. I lengthened my body and stroke and it seemed to make it easier to cut through the waves.

I did enjoy the challenge of the rougher conditions and had a greater sense of accomplishment at the end of the swim compared to previous years.
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