As a first year triathlete, my biggest obstacle has been open water competitive swimming is. Looking at all the information online that discusses this issue, I see I’m not alone. But, you should stay far away from this New York Times article, which discusses the rise in 2008 deaths during the swim portion of triathlons. Yikes.
Here are some good discussions:
- Beginner Triathlete Discussion Forum, “Swimming Anxiety.”
- Another forum, “Newbie with Swimming Anxiety.”
- Open Water Swimming Tips.
This list isn’t exhaustive–and it can’t be, since this is an issue that every new triathlete faces and, as a result, new articles, blog posts, and tweets are posted daily. These are great resources, though, and the message appears to be the same: keep swimming, as more practice in open water and in the pool leads to better results.