Two days ago I got the chance to swim in the ocean again. There are four important challenges that I see mentioned when people talk about the swim, and I need to work on getting ready to face them head on in San Francisco.
The cold water
Temperatures are said to be about 15 degrees celsius, a temperature that is very close to being too cold in relation to triathlon-competitions. Normal procedure sets a limit of 13C as a low bar to supersede before they can hold a competition.
I'm used to the cold water though, and having yesterday's session made me feel a lot more comfortable with a low temperature.
One of the greatest challenges is the choppy waters of the San Francisco bay. There are waves and movement in the water constantly, making it hard to stay oriented and sure of which direction you are swimming.
Judging by the session I had two days ago at Føns I am certain that I could handle a certain level of choppiness.
I am not too concerned about the length of the swim. I know I can manage to finish that type of swim in about 45 minutes time. My initial problem here is that I haven't been in the pool in a while. I'll need to get there next week in order to get some distance before I head to the US.
This is probably the challenge I'll head to face without really experiencing it fully. I was thrown a bit back and forth when swimming at Føns, but I imagine that I'll just need to get my head above the water to check where I'm at as often as possible.