Kirsten Baxter, Trueform client and amazing chiropractor at Baseline Chiropractic, joined the group for her first open water lake swim! She was happy to share a few lessons she learnt from this experience…
1. Eyes on the horizon. If you’re wanting to add unintentional distance to your swim, don’t bother having a focus point and swim with your eyes closed (which is how I started out, haha). Ideally, you want to swim as straight as possible so that you minimize adding extra distance to your swim. Brian explained that a good way to do this was to pick a point on the horizon just above the beach you’re swimming towards.
2. Wear a swim cap. Maybe this seems obvious, but it wasn’t for me! I went sans swim cap. Apparently you lose the most heat from your head when swimming and a swim cap helps to prevent this/keep you warm (not to mention it keeps your hair tucked away neatly and out of your eyes).
3. Swim with a friend(s). Especially for your first one! Having a good friend swim beside me helped to keep my nerves in check. For the first few minutes of our swim, we checked in with each other every 30 breaths. Having a support squad is invaluable.
4. Don’t forget a wet suit! Swimming in Alberta water without one really toughens you up. A wet suit provides a little buoyancy and makes things a little easier in addition to keeping you a little warmer.
5. Amazing things happen outside of your comfort zone. I’m not going to lie, on the drive out to Hubbles Lake I was pretty nervous, and once I submerged myself in the freezing water I was even more nervous! After swimming across the lake and back, I had an incredible feeling of accomplishment. Jack Canfield was right… “Everything you want is on the other side of fear”.
“Wishing K-Bax all the best at GWN. To a woman that continues to inspire me with every new endeavour she takes on. We love your get it done attitude, and that you always do it with a smile on your face. Love you K-Bax!” – Kim Fiddes