What Open Water Swimmers Say And What They Mean

What Open Water Swimmers Say And What They Mean

Experienced open water swimming coaches are observant.

In order to understand precisely what is going on in order to make reasonable decisions, good coaches listen carefully to their athletes, constantly observe their stroke count and stroke technique, and monitor their facial expressions.

They understand what they mean when they use specific words, phrases and body language.

Not everything in the open water is as it may seem or should be taken at face value. Here are some examples:

1. Fine: This is the word open water swimmers use when asked how they feel, no matter how they feel, how cold they are, or how far they have swum.
2. Five Minutes: This is what open water swimmers say to themselves when they see the turn, finish or landing point on a sighting.
3. Five More Minutes: This is what open water swimmers say to themselves when they see the turn, finish or landing point on a sighting…repeatedly, for longer periods.
4. Loud Sigh: This is what open water swimmers do when they are told their Five Minutes is actually quite a bit off due to shifting tides.
5. That’s Okay: This is what open water swimmers say to themselves after hearing Five More Minutes is actually an hour and doing a Loud Sigh.
6. Thanks…X&$*#: This is what open water swimmers say to their escort crew after experiencing a Five Minutes and a Five More Minutes after a Loud Sign and saying That’s Okay.
7. Whatever: This is open water swimmers’ way of saying, “Don’t tell me about another Five Minutes“.
8. Nothing: This is what open water swimmers say when they don’t feel well or Five More Minutes becomes too repetitive.
9. Go Ahead: This is what open water swimmers say to others when swimming in a group…and they feel a twinge in their shoulders or they can’t keep up the pace.
10. Where Did That Come From?: This is what open water swimmers think when they swallow water from an ongoing water or ocean swell.
11. What Was That?: This is what open water swimmers ask when they see a wave shark.
12. Don’t worry, I got it: This is what marathon swimmers say to their crew when they accidentally drop their favorite cookie overboard during a feeding.
13. Where?: This is what open water swimmers ask when told where to swim.
14. Where?: This is what open water swimmers say to mask the real meaning “You gotta be kidding me? That far?!?
15. The Water Is Not That Cold: This is what experienced open water swimmers say when the water is cold.
16. The Water Is Cold: This is what inexperienced open water swimmers say when the water is not too cold.
17. How Far To The Finish?: This is what open water swimmers asked when they are exhausted.
18. That Was Great: This is what open water swimmers say when they are totally exhausted, sunburned and hungry while standing on shore after a swim.

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