Open water swimming for a newbie

Off of my first triathlon, where the swim went sub-par in my view, I was thinking to myself how I’d get back into the water (outside of my swim-spa) now that the training was officially over.

The weather here has been so nice, and I saw that a few people from my triathlon team were starting to open water swim. So, out of my comfort zone, I text my new friends and ask them to take me along to their next open water swim.

To my shock, they did! “Of course! How’s next weekend?!” one friend says. “Oh dear.” I think: “Guess I have to go now!”

I agree then muster up the courage to go. I know for myself that if I don’t try this swim, there’s a very large chance that I don’t return to the sport of triathlon.

The swim was so fun. The pressure was off! I found it peaceful and fun and there was no one watching. No timer, just fun, swimming chats, and friends. Need to take a break? Sure! Want to swim all out for a few minutes? Sure! I was so happy. I will most definitely return here.

I still struggle a bit to find my breath while swimming, but it’s not bad. The trees and the sky calm me and I see myself going farther without freaking out. Could it be that the open water (although this was some VERY calm water) is more relaxing for me than a pool?

Any time in nature is a good time. I’m stoked to find a new area to grow in and purely enjoy.

Leaving that swim made me happy. My cup was full. This was movement that felt awesome and rejuvenating. More of this, please.

Author: Jackie

Jackie is a certified holistic nutritionist (with the Alive Academy out of Richmond, B.C.) in her spare time. Full-time she works in an office (like many of you!) and is always looking for ways to make her busy life happy and healthy. She is a mom to 2 lovely daughters, and a wife to a picky-eater husband who always keeps her on her toes when she is creating healthy recipes.

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