I have made an important improvement with cold water during the last couple of months. The sea always looks menacing to me and a freezing sea is just that much more threatening. But I actually go in the sea during the winter now and I have come to appreciate winter open water swimming*(see note) because of the dearth of visible marine life.
Small fish still make me jump and these days while swimming in the ocean. I wonder what on earth I would do if I saw any life-size animal, which is why I found these photos sent to Susan from Francisco Hernandez in Alicante so bizarre. He was preparing for a swim and was shocked to almost be “run over” by a submarine. I imagine it felt something like what animals must feel like when we pave a road through their forests and they come across a moving vehicle.
So, on top of worrying about getting torn apart by a shark, swallowed by a whale, taken away by a school of fish, swimming through someone’s garbage, getting tangled in seaweed, being clobbered by a tanker, we can now worry about how a submarine might end our lives while enjoying an OW swim.
Has anyone else seen anything funny in your open water swims? Please share them with us in the comments section or email us the stories and pictures so that we can include them in future posts.
*As a side note, I want to clarify that my cold water acclimation is nothing like the crazy Irish Polar Bear-Human who post about how 18℃ doesn’t really exist. I find this temperature scale comical. It is so out of my comfort zone that it serves to remind me of what a wimp I really am. My goal is that by the end of the winter I can swim in 16-18℃ water for more than half an hour with no wetsuit.
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