open water swimming
Gerry West Posts: 2
in General Chat
Hi,I was looking for some advice on open water swimming, every time I compete in an open water swim it takes me about 100m for me to get my breathing under control and relax, by then i'm playing catch up, it happened again last weekend at the Windsor tri, the water was 14.5c. Any thought Guys
I've previously had these issues, and it wasn't necessarily down to the temperature or the fact it was open water swim.
It was anxiety related, It happened whenever in a race and it was down to my breathing, basically i didn't breath out in the water to allow me to breathe in when my head was out.
I got out of synch and very quickly became out of breath and struggling with freestyle and had to swim breast stroke.
Basically I started off swimming slower at the beginning of a race to get in stride to avoid these problems, and now over time I have no concerns at all.
Best advice is practice, swim like you would in a race, gets lots of open water swimming practice in, I use a lake nearby and swim once a week. I've been able to swim from Alcatraz since so it can be done!
Best of luck
Just keep going - you will get better, and probably like me end up loving OW swimming.