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Excerpts — Open Water Swimming

How passion and commitment motivate a marathon swimmer

In the sport of marathon swimming, in which extreme distances, extreme temperatures, and extreme conditions (large ocean swells, strong currents, and marine life) are expected, individuals come from all walks of life. Their physical abilities to push themselves hour after hour are augmented by their tremendous mental focus and strength of character.

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Preparing for the worst readies swimmers for rough water

There is no substitute for experience in rough water. Practice will not make perfect, but it will make swimming in rough water much easier.

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Why marathon swimming is so unique and rewarding

At its most fundamental level, marathon swimming is a daring personal challenge in which swimmers pit themselves against the elements and experience a wide range of emotions that fluctuates between despair and relief.

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