Occasionally, we ask fundamental questions about the sport of open water swimming.

Why is it that feeding means drinking?

Why is it when a swimmer is racing, they are also floating and drafting?

Why is it the question “how far?” always wants to be asked, but never wants to be answered?

Why is it ocean and oceans cam mean the same thing, but fish and fish can mean different things?
Was there jetsam before there were jets?
If marathon swimmers get seasick, what do marathon runners get?
If marathon runners bonk, what do marathon swimmers do?
Can you hit the wall in the open water? If so, where outside of Jersey?
Why does dolphining means standing up and diving?
Why is it that swimmers don’t get back on their feet, but rather they put their heads down?
Why is it the older you are, the more celebrated you become in the open water?
Why is it good to be a queen in the open water, but not a princess?
Why can balmy mean both warm and cold to different swimmers?
Why are bubbles (in a swim cap and in a swim stroke) not good?
Why does short course mean 25?
Is open water ever closed?
In what other sport do athletes breathe bilaterally?
Why are straps good for over the shoulder, but not under the chin?
Just exactly where are offshore winds and where do the onshore winds blow?
Marathon swimmers don’t look back and don’t look up, only down and to the side. No wonder they need escorts.

Ahhh, the issues we ponder while swimming in the open water…

Photo above shows Princess Charlene Wittstock of Monaco swimming in the Midmar Mile.



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