Open Water Worries

March 5, 2012

This week’s training tip  was published on last week.   I was soooo excited that they accepted this for publication, as Open Water Swimming is largely about mind games.

For many of us, it is terrifying and the most dreaded part of any race.   Read more about how you can conquer your fears and take concrete steps to stay safe, manage your fear, and to master the technical art of open water swimming.   For more fun, see my video on u tube on race day mental preparation.   Make 2012 the year your rule your over your fears, not them over you.

Mental skills for triathlon, specifics about open water


that's me- ready for my first panic attack!

Go me, Racing Elite and afraid of the waves!




Stacey is a former professional triathlete turned full-time elite coach. Certifications include USAT Level I and II. USA Cycling Elite Coach, Levels 1, 2, and 3. USA Track and Field Level I. TRX Instructor Certification.

  • Open water swimming can be terrifying for beginners, I think pool swimming re-enforces the idea that you can stop and stand up or hold onto the side. Beginners have to get used to not having that and should learn to just float on their back if they panic during a race.

    Alot of local tri clubs have open water swimming clinics or training days – those are great for beginners to get some experience in the water.

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