To the victor goes the spoils.

In the open water swimming world, the victor is not always the fastest. In fact, often the most self-satisfied swimmers are those who achieve their own particular goals quietly and privately. Sometimes, time is not the important parameter. Many times, simply finishing leads to the ultimate satisfaction. As a result, the achievement of one goal motivates you to reach higher and go further the next time.

Photo shows paddler Craig Dietz completed 5.1km in 2 hours 10 minutes at the Swim Across America event in Long Beach, California.

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