Having been following lane lines for months now, we’re at the beach for a few days, and getting in some open water swimming.
Looking for some ideas on ‘sighting’ in open water, I thought that this video clip of Terry Laughlin from Total Immersion Swimming was particularly good:
An article on their website by Suzanne Atkinson she makes the point:
Rather (than) try to fight the water liftingÂ your head upÂ for several seconds at a time in order toÂ get a clear andÂ unobstructed view of your landmarks or buoys, accept that it’s OK toÂ only see a little bitÂ of information at a time.Â In a few more strokesÂ you can take another peek and gather some additionalÂ information.Â YouÂ only need to see a little ways in front of you, or that you are mostlyÂ headed in the proper direction.
The actualÂ sighting technique,Â which I’ll talk about in detail in the next article and an accompanyingÂ video, requires just a “peek” above the water.Â A small slice of visualÂ information.Â in a brief moment, the light hits your retina and travelsÂ to your brain faster than you can process it.Â By the time you’veÂ thought about what you have seen, there is already new visualÂ information streaming into your brain.
Off to the ocean to give itÂ try 🙂