Fearless Swimming for Triathletes

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Are you afraid of mass swim starts, being pummeled by surf, eaten by sharks and swimming blindly off-course? Most triathletes learned to swim in a pool in nicely marked lanes, but they have to race in murky rivers, lakes and oceans with hundreds of adrenaline-filled athletes whose only thought is getting to the buoy first. For many the physiological and emotional reactions to racing in vast open water brings on disorientation, seasickness and anxiety that can make the triathlon swim the worst part of the day. ...
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Fearless Swimming for Triathletes: Improve Your Open Water Skills

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Overview

Are you afraid of mass swim starts, being pummeled by surf, eaten by sharks and swimming blindly off-course? Most triathletes learned to swim in a pool in nicely marked lanes, but they have to race in murky rivers, lakes and oceans with hundreds of adrenaline-filled athletes whose only thought is getting to the buoy first. For many the physiological and emotional reactions to racing in vast open water brings on disorientation, seasickness and anxiety that can make the triathlon swim the worst part of the day. This guide addresses more than a dozen fear factors including panic, cold water, bad memories, muscle cramps and water in the nose, and offers specific strategies to overcome each one. You will be given tools to help you calm your body and mind and the skills that will improve your competence in every kind of swim venue. Learn to deal with wind, currents, big surf, and even polluted water.

Fearless Swimming also discusses medical risks of triathlon swimming and suggests ways an athlete can be confidently prepared for the rigors of this even.

With this book and some practice any athlete can move confidently from pool to lake to river to sea and can become a fearless swimmer.

Former ocean lifeguard and triathlete coach, Ingrid Loos Miller, will take you step-by-step from pool to any water destination by teaching the skills you need to feel more confident in the open water.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781841261201
  • Publisher: Meyer & Meyer Sport
  • Publication date: 4/15/2011
  • Pages: 166
  • Sales rank: 1,439,796
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Ingrid is a USAT Certified Coach, member of the Unites States Lifesaving Association and a former ocean lifeguard. She is also a sport nutrition consultant.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 8

Section 1 Fearless Swimming Tools 11

The Fearless Swimming Tools Chart 12

Chapter 1 How to Become a Fearless Swimmer 13

Why is the Swim so Hard? 13

Focus on the Fun 16

Getting Started 17

Chapter 2 Be Safe, Be Smart, Be Brave 21

Be Safe 21

Be Smart 23

Be Brave 32

Chapter 3 Solve Annoying Problems 37

Water in the Nose 37

Exercise-Associated Muscle Cramps 39

Seasickness 42

Chapter 4 Worst-Case Scenarios: Triathlon Swimming Deaths 49

Statistics 49

Why do Triathletes Die During the Swim? 51

Learning from Tragedy 55

Chapter 5 Don't Ignore Your Heart 58

Endurance Athletes Are at Risk 59

Heart Conditions Linked to Sudden Cardiac Death 61

Prevention 63

Chapter 6 Breathe Easy 65

Hyperventilation 65

Exercise-Induced Asthma 66

Swimming-Induced Pulmonary Edema 67

Chapter 7 Don't Be Afraid of Sharks 69

Sharks and Triathletes 70

Important Shark Facts 71

Where the Sharks Are 74

How to Prevent an Accident 74

What to Do if You See a Shark 76

Keeping Sharks Away 77

Finding Courage 80

Section 2 Fearless Swimming Skills 83

The Fearless Swimming Skills Chart 84

Chapter 8 Love Your Wetsuit 85

Skill #1 Wetsuit Comfort 85

Race Day 90

Are Wetsuits Dangerous? 92

Habituation to Cold Water 92

Cold Water and Cold Weather Racing 93

Wetsuit Rules 95

Chapter 9 Water Skills 97

Use the Tools as You Learn the Skills 97

Skill #2 Mass Starts 98

Skill #3 Dolphin Diving 101

Skill #4 Bilateral Breathing 102

Skill #5 Drafting 103

Skill #6 Sighting 104

Skill #7 Swimming Straight 105

Skill #8 Turns 106

Skill #9 3-Speeds 107

Skill #10 Finish to T1 108

Skill #11 Troubleshooting 109

Chapter 10 Wild Water 110

Use the Tools to Calm Your Body 110

Skill #12 Be Aware 112

Skill #13 Current and Chop 115

Skill #14 Navigation 117

Chapter 11 Learn to Play in the Surf 120

Can You Use the Calming Strategies? 121

Be Safe 122

Skill #15 Timing 124

Skill #16 Diving Under Waves 126

Skill #17 Using Riptides 127

Skill #18 Bodysurfing 128

Skill #19 Sight Backward 131

Skill #20 Surviving Wipeouts 132

Appendix 136

Appendix A Self-assessment for Anxiety 136

Appendix B Evaluating Your Cardiac Risk 138

Appendix C A Triathlete's Guide to Swimming Induced Pulmonary Edema 142

Appendix D Summary of Triathlete Deaths 149

Appendix E Race Day Troubleshooting 155

References 156

Photo Credits 164

Index 165

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