Man, this week. Can’t this world catch a break?
More important than any of my trivial babbling, I want to make to send love to the people in West, Texas. The videos are frightening and the raw emotion is haunting. I hate that it’s times like these that often remind us to squeeze our loved ones extra tight, but in any case, make sure you hug ’em until it hurts.
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In much, much, muuuuch lighter news, I have failed to update last week’s training and will opt to do a two week training recap next week as tomorrow’s workout is making my gut ache, my heart pump and my mind in a crazy spiral and it hasn’t even started yet.
Tomorrow night is my first open water swim of the season, followed by another one on Saturday.
For those that may not know, open water and I have issues. Even more so than just swimming in general. We’re talking full-on anxiety issue. Jury, I present Exhibit A.
I suffered from some frustrating open water anxiety last year as it was the first time that I’ve ever really swam in open water. I eventually learned how to manage them (sort of, and note, I’m nowhere near the pace in that photo anymore), but this will be the first time back in a long time and I’m just so nervous to see how my mind and body will react.
I’m fairly open to my fears here on the blog, and it usually ends up being totally ridiculous and I never should have worried in the first place. I’m going to try and keep this in perspective and use some of the open water tips that worked for me last year, including:
- I need to do my little anti-anxiety drills, including getting in the water 10 or so minutes before the actual workout starts.
- I need to ease in, get warm, and most importantly, start by putting my face in the water, blowing bubbles, and getting comfortable being in the dark water. I have to do this “face dip/bubble drill” at least four or five times. Somehow it calms my heart.
- I need to some sprints to get my heart rate up with rest in between, rather than jumping right into the workout.
Needless to say, I’m nervous, but I also know this is 100% mental.
So I’m going to go ahead and trust today’s fortune cookie from lunch in the most positive way possible:
Do you have any other open water swimming tips, or shall we say mental manipulation advice?