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Conquer open-water swimming and race confidently in 2016

Conquer open-water swimming and race confidently in 2016

The swim start at Ironman Wales this year. Image: Getty With 2016 almost here the race season is fast approaching – and if you’re doing your first triathlon, there are probably a few things you won’t have experienced before. According to 220 reader research, it’s the open water swim that causes the most sleepless nights amongst tri newbies, so if this is your worry, then you’re not alone. There are things you can do to make yourself feel more comfortable though, ensuring you have a great first open water experience. We asked BTF Level 3 Triathlon and Swim Smooth-certified coach Martin Hill for his tips: 1. Open water is often a cause of anxiety. Try to identify and understand the cause first and then instead of worrying about it, be focussed on yourself and try to control yourself (eg your breathing and technique) instead. 2. Get in open water as early in the year as possible and get used to how it feels. Before even then, though, you can practice open water skills (such as sighting and drafting either behind or if you have space in a group) in the pool, so you have them ready once you get […]

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