How to Remain Calm in Open Water Swimming Chaos

Flow into the moment; don’t let the moment take control of you

Open water races can catch even experienced open water swimmers by surprise. Getting kicked, having your cap or goggles ripped off of your head, surf conditions you haven’t experienced before or haven’t experienced in some time, or accidentally inhaling a face full of water can trigger any swimmer into survival mode.

When anxiety takes over, your breathing feels labored or you start wheezing, your heart rate jumps, your arms begin to feel very heavy, and it’s difficult to kick.


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