Q: If you’re not a strong swimmer or are afraid of the water, what can you do to overcome anxiety during a triathlon?
Amy Marsh answers:
A: Uneasiness about open water swimming is more common than you think and is usually caused by the environment around you. Water depth, water temperature and having other people in close proximity to you are all factors that contribute to the problem. They can also lead to holding your breath, which further worsens your anxiety. If your strong will is driving you to dive in despite your nerves, there are a few adjustments you can make to help you move swimmingly.