It does not matter how cold or warm the water is I have always found it calming and the more wind on the water, even better. So it was only natural that I would develop a fondness for swimming and windsurfing.
I started competitive swimming when I was eight and quickly developed a love of the sport. Today I still find time to swim but my preference is ocean swimming. I am lucky I live in the Northeastern part of US close to the Atlantic Ocean and can get easy access for a one mile ocean swim. I like to swim with friends for “safety in numbers” factor or as my friends would say, “So the sharks have a choice in their appetizer”, but also for the pure enjoyment.
Did you know...By volume, the ocean makes up 99% of the planet's living space - the largest space in our universe known to be inhabited by living organisms.
While swimming is an excellent work out that can burn a high amount of calories in one swimming session, the heat loss from your skin can be 70x greater while in cold water than air of equal temperature. The main reason the heat loss is so large during cold-water exercise is that your body loses heat due to both conduction and convection. To prepare your body for a long swimming session, a warm shower will wake your body up and get your circulation going. But do make sure the water is not too hot and stay in for a couple of minutes (any longer and you will end up feeling too relaxed and drained).
If you’re a female, there are obviously a few days in the month where Mother Nature calls but don’t let this put you off from going in the water. If you have any open fresh wounds, make sure you plaster or wrap it up with waterproof bandages too. Sharks do get attracted to blood in the water (menstrual and open wounds) but these can be prevented.
A great day is a one mile ocean swim followed by a couple of hours of windsurfing. Swimming and windsurfing in the ocean is messy business between the seaweed, sand and salt I am usually covered with slime and salt after my swim and sails.
Did you know that windsurfers can go faster than water skiers? It turns out that most recreational windsurfers sail at speeds of about 25 to 35 mph, making them the fastest sailing crafts on the open water, even faster than jet skiers.
These activities are fun to do but leave your skin gross. I use sunscreen wipes to cover my nooks and crannies and facial wipes to wipe away all the grime from the day. I feel a bit more like a human versus a sea creature after I use a refreshing wipe. I even carry antiseptic wipes and a bandage for rainy days when the wind blows so hard I fall and get hurt.
Wipes may be an everyday convenience for others but for me an absolute necessity!