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***NOTE FROM ENO:  This is part 2 of a 5-part series about how to stay active in the outdoors through flatland training – essentially, training for the mountains without actually being in the mountains.***   Last week, we looked at training on loose beach sand for flatlanders. This week, we’re going to incorporate some water. If you’re going to be trekking in the mountains but aren’t able to train in the mountains, swimming is a great way to prepare. Swimming, like running on loose sand, is another low impact activity. You won’t be damaging your joints from constant impact, but you’ll still be able to build muscle. Not to mention that when you get bored with one stroke, you can learn a different stroke. To me, swimming helps build my mental strength as well. If you’re swimming in a deep pool, it’s easy to let your mind start wandering and thinking that you might drown. Think about it, you start off in the shallow end where it’s maybe 4 feet deep and then all of a sudden, it drops off the 12 feet. It can be a little menacing. If you get too tired and need a break, you have...

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