It’s been 6 weeks to the day since I accepted my Triathlon Yes Man challenge. Pretty much since that day I’ve found myself trying to find reasons not to do it. Sore this, dodgy that, whilst thinking up new injuries each time I’ve been in the gym. I even managed to get a wrist specialist to confirm I need an operation. Unfortunately this won’t happen until later in the year, well past my date with triathlon destiny.

The 20km bike and the 5km run I’m comfortable with, but the swim is scaring the hell out of me. I mean 750 metres in one go!! I’m pretty sure I only ever swam that distance once when I was 12 going for one of my swimming distance badges. I was always a sprint swimmer that didn’t really fancy the monotony of long distance swimming. And this was back when I was young, fit and had a metabolism as fast as Usain Bolt. Now I just about qualify for the over 40’s race. I’m doomed is all I’ve ben able to think.

That was until a light appeared at the end of the tunnel. One of my fellow triathletes suggested I check out Tim Ferris’ 4hr work week blog, and more specifically the blog on the Total Immersion swimming technique. I read the blog on Sunday, and watched the youtube video attached. Armed with my new found knowledge on this swimming technique I headed off to the pool. I tried the techniques on Sunday and again tonight, and I’ve been amazed with the results so far. Along with buying some googles which would have been handy in the first place, I’m already showing significant improvement after two days. I think the way forward is going to be some more expert training. Check out the following link.

Total Immersion: How I Learned to Swim Effortlessly in 10 Days and You Can Too

So with my new found confidence I now feel less paralysed by fear (thought not completely), and able to proceed once again with training for the challenge. Tonight I even removed one of the barriers to competing, by entering the race. Secretly I had hoped the race would be full and I wouldn’t be accepted. There are 8 more weeks until the Speedo Big Triathlon Nottingham and deep down I’m almost looking forward to it.

3 Responses to “Triathlon Training – Overcoming My Swimming Fear”

  1. I wouldn’t mind doing a triathlon one day! I’ll watch your progress with interest!

  2. I meant to say, good luck!

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