Training for Cold Water Swims


Not that I am training for any cold, open water swims at the moment. But saw this article on the FINIS Blog, with a number of tips on how to train for such an event, plus comments from other readers, and want to save this link. I suspect that I will do the La Jolla Rough Water Swim again next year. I did it this year. Water temps were in the low 60s and no wet suits permitted. Definitely bears some thinking on how to get prepared for it next year. Thankfully I was only in the water for 38 minutes this year, and hopefully next year even less, but the cold did take a toll on my body.

Training for Cold Water Swims – 9 Tips You Need to Know | The FINIS Blog

Follow the link above to see the article on the FINIS Blog.

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  1. #1 by sugarmagnolia70 on November 15, 2011 - 6:59 pm

    I got cold just reading this title! I considered the LJRWS this year…but I am a wimp and need a wetsuit.

  2. #2 by sheila on November 15, 2011 - 7:02 pm

    I loved the La Jolla Rough Water Swim. I expect I will do it again next year. It was a little tough swimming in that cold water, but I prepped for it by training without a wetsuit on many of my OWS. Anyhow, next year, maybe I will use some of the tips in this article for part of my preparation. I’ve seen other people mention that they do the ice bath thing. I also follow this young man who lives in Pismo Beach and does open water swimming year round. His blog is here:
    http://robaquatics.com/

  3. #3 by Sylvia on December 21, 2011 - 6:23 pm

    I’ve been swimming in the San Francisco Bay year-round for nearly 8 years and love it. No wetsuit. Just me, a swimsuit, cap, goggles and earplugs.

    It’s all about taking it slow. Get in for 5 min, then 10. Slowly build up each day by 2-5 min and see how you do. If you’re feeling quite hardy, start at 10 or 15 and work your way up. Have warm liquids available to drink as soon as you get out.

    Ice baths – meh. I can’t say I’d recommend. It’s about MOVING your body in the water and specifically being fully horizontal and not sitting up.

    The water in the Bay this morning was 49.3F. We’re spending about an hour in the water these days – sometimes less, sometimes more.

    To Sheila – I swam with Rob across the Great Salt Lake this summer. He is fantastic!

  4. #4 by sheila on December 21, 2011 - 6:30 pm

    Sylvia… wouldn’t bodyfat have something to do with it, too? I am very lean. BF about 12-13%. The heater has been broken recently at our pool (fixed now, finally) and I was having a hard time dealing with it. although it was warmer than the ocean waters I swam in this past summer.

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