Huh. I don't swim very much (and I'm really not very good at it), but when I do it's virtually always open water. I don't know if I've ever done laps in a pool. That seems like a treadmill to me. And we're wild forest people.
Totally get that. I swim in the Pacific at my parents' place, a bay just barely south of Canada. There are moments where I have to struggle to control my imagination about what else is swimming with me. And I practically grew up on that beach! Usually focusing on my reach and hip roll helps control my brain chatter. Good for you for toughing it out, not easy to do once you start feeling your fears.
There are things in the water? Yikes! I hope there are none in the woods!
The open water swim was the hardest part for me. Seems so much harder in the open water, with all the silt and stuff floating around. Way to go Kris!
Yea! Great going. I have had those panic moments when swimming, and in open water (lakes). Takes a bit of self talk to calm down and keep breathing.
(apologies for inappropriate comment...:(
coach...I loved your comment, and sorry that it's gone. :-)
And I will say there have been many times that I posted something on AP that I worried about later and went in and deleted. It always seemed funny to me at the time, but in retrospect...
What's the issue with open water for you? The distance to something secure/safety?
Yes, it's mostly that I'm so far away from being able to stand up. And I convince myself that I can't make it back to shore. I am also pretty claustrophobic, so I think that doesn't help matters, either. I kind of get the same feeling even when I'm in a boat, surrounded by water. So, maybe training for a triathlon wasn't the best decision. ;-)
Or the best decision! Facing your fears!