Increase the time spent swimming by 10% - 20% each week.Some long-term goals might be to swim up to 5 times/week, with some workout sessions as long as 90-minutes for ironman-distance triathletes (an ironman-distance triathlete might do a 2-hour workout, but not very frequently, or only if they are at the elite level).
These open water swimming workouts for open water swimmers or for triathletes could be part of a swimming workout that also includes a warm-up and cool-down.
The total distance of swimming within a workout should be built-up over time.
The first workout of the season would not be the full race distance; that may be a goal distance for 4-6 weeks away from the first race of the season.
Depending upon the ability of the swimmer, some initial goals should be to swim at least three times/week and to swim at least 30-minutes per workout.
This trait is key in relationships when you want a partner that is willing to persevere through the difficult times, rather than simply throw in the towel and walk away.
Camaraderie Athletes know how to work and play together.
For those who are on a team, their teammates become their family as they share in the joys and disappointments of sport.
My decision had nothing to do with body fat percentages or max bench press (although those factors certainly don't hurt! Nor was this decision dependent upon the man in question being some sort of professional competitor.
In fact, I define "athlete" as anyone who regularly and passionately engages in sports or physical activity.
Grit All you have to do is watch the face of a runner in his or her last mile of a marathon to understand that athletes have grit.
When the going gets tough, they know how to shift into that extra gear to get it done.