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The Open Water Swim…

By on April 6, 2012

So tonight I tackled the open water swim in lake Pontchartrain near the Ironman New Orleans 70.3 swim course. I’ve spent 100% of my time in the pool so it was obviously very different. The first 10 minutes was just a learning experience and I never freaked out, but it was an “anxious” 10 mins. Once I started timing my breaths with the tops of the swells, started taking less frequent breaths, pushed my chest down and stopped my feet from dropping, and got some speed going it began making sense. I did drink a good bit of water as I adjusted to the rough conditions but I really had a blast. There were swells and rough chop in between so it was a great way to just learn the hard way since the conditions were not ideal.  Being in a lake with bull sharks and gators (and who the hell knows what else) really wasn’t even a factor… Everyone said it would freak me out a little but really it only popped into my head once and then quickly left when my feet dropped and I got right back into form correction mode. To get rid of the anxiousness I just said to myself “relax, calm down, and do what you have been doing for countless hours in the pool, but just in this damn dirty filthy lake!!!” LOL… I will have about 3 more open water swims before Ironman New Orleans 70.3 but I can already tell I’m ready. It’s not going to be easy, in fact, I know it’s going to be a painful tough race… But I guess what I’m saying is, I’m ready to take on the challenge and most of all LEARN…