One of the biggest mistakes you can make as a swimmer is to spend most or all of your time training in a pool. Why? Because as a member of the species Homo Sapiens you have inherited a genetic structure that is designed to interact more effectively in the dynamic and imperfect environments of nature.
And a swimming pool is a completely static and unnatural environment.
The bottom line is that nowhere in nature do you find a body of water with all of the following characteristics:
– 75F – 80F water temperature
– Calm and still
– Well lit
– Smooth and uniform sides and edges
– No wind
– No currents
– No precipitation
– No plant life
– No aquatic animals
The key is, pool swimming is an idyllic and sterile activity, much like running on a treadmill or “pounding out miles” during a spinning class. While these activities are all fine for cardiovascular training, they can actually work against you in a real world situation. That’s because nature is messy, imperfect, and unpredictable – and it often doles out some pretty bizarre challenges to swimmers out in the open water.
So do yourself a favor and swim out in the lake as often as you can. You’ll become more connected with nature because you’ll be engaging in activities that challenge your mind and body at a very primal level.
Remember, nature designed you to be out in the elements – and you are much tougher and more resilient than you realize.