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May 26

Confident Swimming

As you may recall, I plan to complete the Five Mile Lake Women’s Triathlon this year, and my goal is to panic less during the swim than I did last year.

I still think that this is a great goal, but I’ve been focused on other goals (namely, having fun while following a marathon training plan), and pushed triathlon training to the back burner. In fact, it’s so far back on the burner that the race is in less than 3 weeks, and I’ve swam just 3 times. Whoopsie.

So excited and ready!

So excited and ready!

Here’s what I think that my panic-less plan should entail:

  1. Swim. The more I practice swimming, the more confident I will feel on race day, right? I’m pretty sure that’s right, but with time ticking away, I feel like I’ve missed out on some pretty prime swimming time!
  2. Open water swim. Truly, this was the most difficult part of the swim last year – I had no idea how to track where I was and how to get where I wanted to go without having pool lanes guiding me. For this reason, practicing open-water swimming should be helpful. Again, time is running out! I brought my goggles along to Europe and for my Memorial Day Weekend camping trip, but found that the lakes were simply too cold to swim in. If I’m lucky, I’ll be able to have one open water swim practice before race day.
  3. Think calming thoughts. This is the only area where I see the potential to still do well. It’s a two-part technique: First, I’m going to spend a little time imagining swimming calmly and confidently. Secondly, I’m going to tell myself “Hey, I’ve done this before, and I can do it again!” Positive thoughts for the win!

There’s still time to sign up for the Five Mile Women’s Triathlon! Remember to use code RUNFUNDONE14 to save 10%!

Do you have any great ideas to help me feel more confident during the swim?

 

2 comments

  1. LindsayOnTheGo

    You can do it!! If you can get to the pool a few times a week for the next few weeks, you’ll be great! Even better, if you can get to the lake for the next few weekends to practice, that will help a lot.

    I thought you did an excellent job swimming last year, and since you’ve already done it, you should be fine! I wish I could be there to do it with you guys again.

    1. Robyn

      Ditto, I wish I could too! That was the best last year.

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