In poker and open water swimming, individuals learn to deal with uncertainty, with luck, with consequences of decision-making, and with quick analysis of new information (cards, bluffs and raised bets in the case of poker and currents, wind and temperatures in the case of open water swimming).
It is said that poker can help individuals redefine probabilistic judgment.
In a similar fashion, practice in the open water, especially in the ocean, can help swimmers and triathletes understand patterns and become more predictive in their assumptions of taking the best possible course. Learning how to swim efficiently through the rhythmical patterns of waves and how to breathe without swallowing water in irregular surface chop are examples of how predictive judgment can be developed while swimming in the ocean.
And like players in the game of poker, swimmers can expect the unexpected. A poor hand in poker is analogous to swimming into a bloom of jellyfish. Conversely, a three-of-a-kind is as welcome as a gentle push by the tides.
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