Saturday, September 03, 2011
I am not sure what happened, but I panicked on my practice swim this morning. This is a problem because my triathlon is in 7 days! I had been doing great. I have regularly swam 1/2 mile distance at the lake (2x week at lake all summer plus 1-2 x week in pool all year). Last week I did great on a group swim on the actual swim course. I HAD felt prepared and confident. But, this morning I was imagining myself in the race and I couldn't breathe. I stopped about a million times. I am having real doubts of my ability to finish the swim without panic. Last year I did the same race and barely made it through the swim because of panic. I stopped and restarted over and over again throughout the whole half mile. I set a goal for myself to swim it this year without panic, starting, and stopping (which just makes everything worse). I feel like giving up! The friend I swim with has been very encouraging. We will swim again the next 2 mornings. I must get over this feeling which I know is all in my head!