Just back from a week away with the family and being near the coast it would have been rude not to try my hand at sea swimming in preparation for Ironman Mallorca in a few weeks. So here’s some thoughts comparing sea swimming and lake swimming.
In summary, sea swimming is harder. The water tastes foul and it takes a bit of time to get accustomed to the up and down motion of the sea. But the worst thing is not being able to see (not sea, get it?) where you are going…
Being horrendous at breathing to both sides combined with swimming parallel to the shore meant that one one of the legs I was looking out to sea when breathing. When there is nothing to spot on the shore directly in front, you end up looking at sea and generally feeling a bit disorientated. Therefore, learn to breath on both sides and that won’t be a problem!!!
However, stick with if for a bit, get over any anxiety of being in the sea and things actually get a bit easier. I assume sea water is ‘denser’ (for want of a scientific description) so you feel like you are floating a bit more and when you turn into the wind you get washed along and feel like you are blazing fast!
Here’s a stupid pic that makes me look really fat!