Are you ready for the open water swims at Callow? Tips here…May 27, 2016
No need to be anxious about next weeks open water swims at Callow. Firstly it’s planned to have a beginners group just to get used to the surroundings and what to expect in the lake – so watch this space next week for details on that.
Plus below are a few tips to help you if you think you’ll be anxious in any way. These were taken from the excellent book Swim Smooth by Paul Newsome & Adam Young. You can see more tips on pool & open water swimming (including great videos HERE)
1. You’re not the first person to feel a bit anxious.
Everyone feels this way so don’t feel embarrassed; if you’re feeling a bit nervous you’re not alone. Talk to others at the event and tell them how you feel. YOU ARE NOT ALONE!
Have a think about what is triggering that anxiety & talk about it to others – there’s nothing in that water that can harm you.
2. Become Selfish
SwimSmooth call this next technique ‘becoming a selfish swimmer’; block out all thoughts of other swimmers, fish, waves etc… FOCUS on YOU and your STROKE and your BREATHING.
That’s what the swim sessions on Thursdays are for – time to practice and help each other.
See you Thursday!