Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Open water swimmers know how they want to finish a race or a solo swim or a practice: strong and fast. Email us at and tell us how you start your workouts:

Q1. How do you start your daily workouts in the pool?
Q2. How do you start in the open water?
Q3. Do you jump in the water or dive in? Do you slowly sit at the edge of the pool and ease your body in the water or do you take a running dive?
Q4. When you hit the water, what are the first things that you think about? Is your first impression about the water temperature or is it how your body feels?
Q5. Does getting in and starting an open water practice or pool workout get easier or quicker as you get older? Or is your typical regimen always the same?
Q6. How long does it take for you to warm-up and be able to swim at a good/fast pace? Does a good warm-up differ in your pool workouts versus your practice swims in the open water?
Q7. If you swim in the ocean, approximately how long does it take for you on average (in minutes) to take off your clothes, put on your goggles, assess the water conditions (and/or currents and tides) and stretch/hydrate before you start to enter the water?
Q8. Do you typically eat anything before you start a morning workout in the pool or in the open water?
Q9. When do you determine your swim distance or direction during an open water workout? Do you plan everything well before you arrive at the beach or lake – or do you make adjustments when you get to the shoreline or after you get in the water?
Q10. What are your perfect conditions for a practice swim?
Q11. What kinds of days or conditions do you dread getting into the water?

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