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Is it okay to swim in the middle of a lake?

Although swimming alone in the middle of Lake Michigan sounds wonderful and has its benefits to you, swimming alone has life altering/ending risks. The chances may be minimal that something dangerous ...
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Is it okay to swim in the middle of a lake?

I've done a lot of offshore sailing and sometimes you'll get totally becalmed. Hot muggy conditions and the water is so flat you can literally shave in the reflection. It's hard not to jump in with ...
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What is the best way of getting into open water swimming?

I faced the same challenge about 2 1/2 years ago. That is, no swimming background but wanted to try open water swimming. Based on my own trial and error path, I would recommend the following: ...
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Is swimming a good exercise for skinny people

Swimming is good for people of any size. Your weight loss/gain will be determined by your diet. If you don't want to lose any more weight, eat more! Short answer: Keep swimming! It's a great way to ...
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Are there any disadvantages, besides discomfort, to letting water enter your nose?

Growing up surfing, I'd get water in my nose constantly. When stuffed up I'd splash some up in there and snot rocket all the junk out. Even a "saline nasal spray" is just a fancy way of blowing salt ...
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I can swim a lot of breaststroke, but not freestyle. Why?

Without actually seeing your stroke, I am going to make the guess that it is related to breathing. Breastroke, it is easy to do a slow stroke (and a 40 minute mile qualifies) and breathe in and out ...
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Why can't I keep water out of my nose and throat while swimming?

It is difficult to say without seeing your swim stroke, but I suspect that when you are breathing, you are over rotating, with your head pulled back rather than being in a neutral position. That would ...
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Why do professional swimmers breathe every stroke in freestyle?

"since breathing necessarily disrupts your flow" I think the amount of disruption relates to how far from perfect your form is. Since they need to breathe, they put a lot of work in perfecting their ...
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How do I kick properly while swimming

The reason why your instructor stresses on you keeping your leg straight is because most beginners bend their leg too much while kicking, so if beginners concentrate on keeping their legs straight, ...
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How to keep swimming stroke consistent while swimming?

Practice, practice and more practice. Generally your form will fall apart in almost any sport once you start getting fatigued. If it happens every time on your fast 100's, then you are going too ...
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Why is swimming considered a safe exercise?

If you are young and you have no past injuries to your knee ligaments, I suggest you don't give up running but rather focus on a better running technique, lowering your mileage for some time, changing ...
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Is it okay to swim in the middle of a lake?

It depends what you mean by okay. If you mean "is it safe?" then the answer is simple: No, it is not safe. If you get into trouble you stand a high risk of death. No-one will be able to rescue you. ...
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How do I overcome fear of open water swimming?

The switch from the pool to the lake/ocean can be challenging. Google on "overcome fear of open water swimming" or "panic attack triathlete water" and you will find that you are not alone. There are ...
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Drills for sea swimming

You should definitely do at least some of your training in the sea to get used to conditions, as well as being able to sight (Look for markers) to be able to swim in a straight line. There are also ...
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How do the disabled swim? How do they use their legs?

You might be surprised at how well you can remain afloat swimming a stroke like the front crawl with just your arms once you've better developed the upper body swimming muscles :). I see the local ...
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Why is my swimming fitness so much worse than my cycling and running fitness?

Swimming fitness is a little different because your arms are the predominant power source and your breathing is controlled instead of natural. If you are having trouble with a length, however, the ...
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Breathless after 50m front crawl

Simply practising a swim style again and again does not necessarily makes you swim better. Moreover, you might be reinforcing the bad aspects in your technique. What you need to include in your ...
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How do I know if I'm fit for triathlon?

As it stands, you may be fit enough, but you are not trained enough, unless you plan on walking pretty much the entire run portion of the event. Most marathon plans (Which is a distance shorter than ...
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Best swim crawl to enlarge the shoulders

The shoulder muscles that contribue to the broad shape are primarily the deltoid muscles. This is the muscle that forms the bulk of the shoulder muscle mass, with three heads (Anterior, medial and ...
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Can hyperventilating increase lung capacity or fitness?

Hyperventilation is a legitimate method for increasing the proportion of oxygen in the blood for the purpose of things like holding one's breath. However, there is a caveat to it, namely that the body ...
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Exhausted after ice dipping

For someone cold challenged or actually in hypothermia your body is going to use a ton of energy to rewarm you and you'd likely feel the effect of blood shunting. It's the difference between "a dip" ...
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Calf cramp by swimming

Work on the flexibility in your ankles. You should easily be able to make a straight line from your shin down the top of your foot to your toes. This is the ideal position to get the most propulsion ...
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What is the best way of getting into open water swimming?

If you don't have a swimming background, then you need to learn to swim in a controlled environment before you move to open water. This may mean lessons, or if you had lessons as a child, then getting ...
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Adjustment from pool to lake for triathlon

It's hard to compare pool times to open water because there are a lot of differences in the environment that change (such as wind, waves, current, temperature, etc). For the pointy end swimmers (The ...
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Train for triathlon without moving arm

Not much you can do. If you are restricted enough that you can't run, and can't even lean on the bars (Much less get into aero position), its going to be just trying to keep in the best shape you can. ...
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How to improve free stroke swimming skill

What you're describing is, in my limited experience, the most frequent beginner's issue with the free-stroke. Suffice it to say, I had the same problem when I started out. This answer will be largely ...
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Zoning out in and outside of practice

I've had this and I'm no psychologist, but I am a swimmer (ocean rescue for about 16 years) and naturally a little introverted (given the time). I think its that distance swimming is sort a strange ...
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Breathing out during swimming freestyle

Neither way is "just wrong", although if you breath out completely every time your face hits the water, you can start hyperventilating. Breathing in swimming is just like any other sport, you breath ...
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Feeling exhausted after swimming

5 hours of any workout would exhaust you for the rest of the day. Now regarding what to do next? Eat food to help you with your calorie needs and if possible, take a nap. That may not remove all the ...
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