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21 Tips To Survive 12 Mile Swim Around Key West

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Published in Going The Distance: 21 Tips To Survive A 12 5 Mile Swim Around Key West
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The Key West swim is a highly challenging and exhilarating endurance swim that attracts swimmers from around the world. Covering a distance of 12 miles, this swim requires immense physical and mental stamina. If you're planning to take on this incredible feat, here are 21 tips to help you survive and conquer the waters of Key West.

  1. Train Regularly: Before attempting the 12-mile swim, build your endurance by regularly swimming long distances in open water.
  2. Master Breathing Techniques: Practice regulated breathing techniques to ensure efficient oxygen intake during the swim.
  3. Acclimate to Cold Water: Key West waters can be colder than expected, so acclimate yourself to these temperatures during your training.
  4. Focus on Nutrition: Establish a healthy diet that provides the necessary energy and nutrients for long-distance swimming.
  5. Hydrate: Proper hydration is crucial during the swim, so stay well-hydrated in the days leading up to the event.
  6. Invest in Quality Gear: Choose a comfortable and well-fitting wetsuit and goggles to enhance your swimming experience.
  7. Study the Current: Understand the currents around Key West to navigate the waters effectively.
  8. Research Marine Life: Familiarize yourself with the marine life in the area to stay prepared and safe during the swim.
  9. Practice Open Water Starts: Practice your race starts in open water to get used to the sudden burst of energy.
  10. Keep Calm: Mental preparation is as important as physical training. Stay calm and composed throughout the swim.
  11. Set a Sustainable Pace: Avoid starting too fast. Maintain a steady and sustainable pace to conserve energy.
  12. Stay Positive: During the challenging parts of the swim, maintain a positive mindset to keep yourself motivated.
  13. Stretch Regularly: Stretch before and after the swim to prevent muscle strains and enhance flexibility.
  14. Taper Your Training: Reduce your training intensity a week before the swim to ensure your body is well-rested.
  15. Stay Close to Support Boats: Throughout the swim, stay within reach of support boats for safety and guidance.
  16. Prepare for Weather Changes: Be prepared for sudden weather changes and adjust your swim strategy accordingly.
  17. Stay Motivated: Encourage yourself during tough moments by reminding yourself of the excitement and accomplishment awaiting at the finish line.
  18. Stay Consistent: Maintain a consistent stroke and technique to avoid unnecessary strain on your muscles.
  19. Treat Chafing Immediately: Apply petroleum jelly or an anti-chafing product to any areas prone to chafing.
  20. Train with a Buddy: If possible, train with a swim buddy to keep each other motivated and accountable.
  21. Celebrate Your Success: After completing the swim, take time to celebrate and reflect on your incredible achievement.

Remember, the 12-mile swim around Key West is both physically and mentally demanding. With proper preparation and a determined mindset, you can conquer this challenging feat and emerge as a stronger and more resilient swimmer. Good luck!

Swimmer During Key West Swim Going The Distance: 21 Tips To Survive A 12 5 Mile Swim Around Key West

Going the Distance: 21 Tips to Survive a 12 5 Mile Swim Around Key West
Going the Distance: 21 Tips to Survive a 12.5-Mile Swim Around Key West
by Richard B. Greene(Kindle Edition)

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Language : English
File size : 1781 KB
Text-to-Speech : Enabled
Screen Reader : Supported
Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
Word Wise : Enabled
Print length : 64 pages
Lending : Enabled
Going the Distance: 21 Tips to Survive a 12 5 Mile Swim Around Key West
Going the Distance: 21 Tips to Survive a 12.5-Mile Swim Around Key West
by Richard B. Greene(Kindle Edition)

5 out of 5

Language : English
File size : 1781 KB
Text-to-Speech : Enabled
Screen Reader : Supported
Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
Word Wise : Enabled
Print length : 64 pages
Lending : Enabled

Dear Swimmer,

My name is Rich Greene. I鈥檓 the author of Going the Distance: 21 Tips to Survive a 12.5-Mile Swim Around Key West. I鈥檓 a triathlete, and my favorite of the three sports is swimming! I put this book together because the very first time I did Key West swim, I had a lot of questions about what it was all about.

I first did this swim one month shy of my 50th birthday. There鈥檚 nothing amazing about my age and competing in this event. What is amazing is that 6 months prior, I couldn鈥檛 swim 8 laps in a 25 yard pool without getting winded! With the help of my coach, Kari Duane, I was able to gain the skills necessary to successfully complete the race. I share this information with you because you might not think you could ever swim non-stop for hours. Think again!

If you are considering a long-distance swim, and especially a long-distance swim around Key West, I鈥檝e written this book for you. In this book, I鈥檓 going to give you 21 tips. These were some of the questions that I wanted to have answered before the race. Also included are questions that I wished I had asked that I hadn鈥檛! I hope you enjoy these tips and that you get a lot of benefit out of the pages that follow.

If you would like to contact me, please feel free to send me an email to [email protected], and I will be sure to respond. Any questions at all that you have on your first race, I will be happy to help you out.

I wish you the greatest success with your swimming endeavors!

Rich Greene

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