The Sublime Ocean Swim

Some of you may have read my post on the benefits of Rough Water Swim Training, but I think there is also another benefit. While I discuss the progression of psychological development by swimming in rough conditions, I think swimming in a very calm ocean can have just as much benefit in terms of serenity and relaxation.

This morning's swim at Leadbetter Beach is a great example of this. With the heat wave settled over the central coast, one great way to find relief is to dive into the ocean and I did just that this morning.  The water was remarkably warm & calm.  Swimming out to the first buoy I noticed how clear the water was, almost pool-like, but there was enough of a swell to make things a little interesting.   After stopping for a moment to tread water, I realized just how lucky I was to be alone off-shore.  The clear skies, sea gulls, sun, moutain views, and cool water was so refreshing.  I just paused there for an extending time to soak it all in.  It reminded me of one of the reasons why I started training for triathlons, to experience nature and the outdoors.  The diving bombing sea gulls really made the moment even better.  But then, it was time to continue on in.  I said a small thank you to the ocean and continued on, relaxed more than ever.

While you may not want to stop in the middle of a triathlon to take in the moment, taking a moment during training to reflect on your surroundings and why you are there is as important as the workout itself.  We must not forget why we are here and take in the benefits of being in the moment.