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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...
Last week we looked at why a river is a more optimal swimming choice than a lake. This week we’re going to compare lakes and oceans. When most people think of summer, they think of fun in the sun, at the beach. Unfortunately, lakes sometimes don’t get credit for being a great swimming destination because everyone wants to hit the beach during the summer.
The start of summer means it’s time to splash down and cool off. Where’s the best place to take a nice dip to cool off and relax? We’ve already read why a lake is a better swimming choice than a pool. But what about a river or the ocean? Over the next 3 weeks I’ll talk about 3 different scenarios and determine which swimming destination is the best. For this week, here are 5 reasons why I’d pick a river over a lake to go swimming. Before I go any further, I’d like to put a disclaimer that when I’m talking about a river, I’m talking about the kind where there are no boats allowed. That just wouldn’t be smart swimming in the middle of a river where boats are flying around as well. More relaxing: What can be more relaxing that floating down a river in an inner tube? Exactly, I can’t really think of anything else either. When it comes down to choosing between floating in place in a lake or floating down the river, sipping on a cold drink, I’m picking the river. And, of course, there are lots of perfect places to hang your hammock. No boats: Like...

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