Triathlon swimming training is different to the warm lane swimming we get used to. There are many situations you need to prepare for, open water swimming can be tricky so you should have a plan of action for preparing. In the past I have swum many open water swims back in Ireland. My body had little fat, so I froze every time! Acclimatisation is highly recommended. Below I have complied some links to valuable resources covering open water swimming.
1. This is a comprehensive list of tips and tricks for the open water swim from Active.com. Even suggest what you should eat! Read through and learn.
2. Swim Fit from Swimming.org is a essential read, it give vital info on preparing for the open water swimming.
3. From the brave people at the OutdoorSwimmingSociety.com – seasoned pro’s at cold water.
4. Susan Lacke from NoMeatAthlete.com gives her report based on experience, reading/speaking to outdoor swimmers is extremely valuable.
I hope you have enjoyed all the links and learnt important tips. Now you have to put them into practice. Always give your self enough time to prepare for the open water, it can be a shock for the novice. I would suggest at least 8 weeks of training in preparation, otherwise you may be left hanging in the depths of the lake!