Swimming is hard. Physically exhausting. In an Ironman triathlon, you have a 112-mile bike and a 2.4-mile swim. That should give you an idea of the difficulty. But don't mistake effort for mindless work. We have a narrow view of what swimming is and how to include it in our workouts. For most, it's lap after lap of drudgery. Maybe it's time to update our ideas on swimming as an open adventure, as a way to play Aquaman, even as a recovery tool.
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I love swimming in rough water, usually along cliff lines and places where the waves are really banging on you. Swimming is the root of surfing. The first board you ever have is your body. Body surfing on big coastal swims incentivizes you to swim hard – because when you do, you get a ride. There's also something very meditative about these rough, open waters. The water itself demands a certain part of your attention just given the fact that you can't breathe under it. You have to be present and in the moment, and obviously that's part of surfing, too.
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