Triathletes vs. Open Water Swimmers. What Do You Know?
USC vs. UCLA. Cosmonauts vs. astronauts. Vegan vs. carnivores. Yankees vs. Red Sox. Football vs. fútbol. There are all kinds of various opposites and contrasts in the world.
You know you are a triathlete if…
1. A sprint takes you at least 2 hours
2. Lava is a magazine
3. Your training bikes cost you more than your car
4. You own wetsuits in different thicknesses
5. You have 3 coaches and a masseuse
6. Bonking is a common topic of discussion
7. Kona only means one thing
8. You shave your legs more than your spouse
9. You can fit 2 pairs of Swedish goggles inside your favorite pair of goggles
10. Transitions are critical junctures in a race as opposed to in your life
On the other hand, you know you are an open water swimmer…
1. Your bicycle only has one gear
2. Your running shoes cost less than your cheapest swimsuit
3. You own more goggles than the number of years you spent in college
4. You can detect the scent of chlorine from a distant parking lot
5. The bum side of your swimsuit is much more faded than the front
6. You know at least 4 different routes to your closet body of water
7. Your ankles are as flexible as when you were a teenager
8. You know the temperature of the water by dipping your toes in
9. Pools feel too warm
10. You have sunscreen and Vaseline in your bag, office and car
Photo shows the Henley Swim.
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Southern California native, born 1962, is the creator of the WOWSA Awards, Oceans Seven, Openwaterpedia, Citrus Corps, World Open Water Swimming Association, Daily News of Open Water Swimming, Global Open Water Swimming Conference. He is Chief Executive Officer of KAATSU Global and KAATSU Research Institute. Inductee in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame (Honor Swimmer, Class of 2001) and Ice Swimming Hall of Fame (Honor Contributor – Media, Class of 2019), recipient of the International Swimming Hall of Fame’s Poseidon Award (2016), International Swimming Hall of Fame’s Irving Davids-Captain Roger Wheeler Memorial Award (2010), USA Swimming’s Glen S. Hummer Award (2007, 2010) and Harvard University’s John B. Imrie Award (1984). Served on the FINA Technical Open Water Swimming Committee and as Technical Delegate with the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games, and 9-time USA Swimming coaching staff.