I say all the that with this in mind. I have never been in such a mix as the video I am posting. This video is taken from the the "2010 USA Men's Open Water Championships, which as you can see was a battle. It was a 400 meter sprint for position going into this first turn! This turn is sure to get your blood pumping (The video is at 50% speed)"
Crazy huh? Another reason to remember to swim wide at the buoy!
This next video is just raw awesomeness! "With 200 meters to go, 2005 world 10K champion Chip (do not know last name) took about 30 sightings to get his bearings straight and then took off. His trademark 8-beat kick boosted him into the lead as the 6-wide went down to a 5-wide. But his strategy played right into the hands of Fran (do not know his last name either), the fastest-closer-in-the-business. Fran swimming immediately to his right took off after Chip once he realized that the final all-out sprint was on.
Fran chased Chip right off his hip perfectly catching his draft and gaining the extra boost that he needed. As he moved up the torso of Chip, he moved ever so expertly to the right giving him so extra separation. Now parallel with Chip but with momentum on his side, Fran had the advantage that he needed."
A couple of "takeaways" from these videos (Yes, I am sounding all Corporate today)
- I have never swam in this type chaos
- This was a 10K OWS race- not ever going to be on my schedule of races
- Those guys were flying!
- Did not see much of the gliding though the water
- I can only wish I could swim like that after 6 miles of swimming!!!