Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Don't Panic!

I recently realized that using a competition environment to attempt swimming 1.2 miles of open water in a wetsuit for the first time is pretty asinine.

Since I don’t have a lake in my backyard and there’s not even a desperate, begging, pleading chance that I’ll take a dip in the East River it seems I'm not going to have the opportunity before the Tinman.

To eliminate at least one of these variables (open water + wetsuit) I took my wetsuit and jumped into the pool. The good news is that wearing a wetsuit makes me more buoyant, reduces drag and makes me a faster swimmer. The downside is that it is harder and requires significantly more effort from my triceps and latissimus muscles.

Great! So now I know what swimming in a wetsuit is like. Now all I have to do is not panic when I hit the open water on Saturday.


“A wave of panic passed over the vessel, and these rough and hardy men, who feared no mortal foe, shook with terror at the shadows of their own minds.”
-Arthur Conan Doyle

15 comments:

Mr. Satan A. Chilles said...

Best of luck this weekend, it looks like the current hot weather will cool down in time. You'll do great, despite the wetsuit.
Remember to have some fun, too...

DebbieJRT said...

You'll do fine. Good luck and have a great time!

stephruns said...

Just breathe and you'll be fine. Have a great race and enjoy.

Deene said...

good luck this weekend. I'm sure you'll place in your division.

miss petite america said...

you'll rock it...open swim and all...

can't wait to hear how it goes!

Sempre Libera said...

Good call on the wetsuit practice. And good luck this weekend!

Anonymous said...

Please don't panic. I did the last 2 triathlons. I have been doing these races for years and recently developed this phobia. I am trying to relax. I suggest you do the same. Take NICE DEEP BREATHES and get pumped. See you up there. Janine

Anonymous said...

If you have a desire on the day you pick up your race packet, you can test out your wetsuit on the actual race course.
Janine

Chelly said...

Good luck this weekend! Can't wait to read the report.

JustRun said...

You'll be better than you expect, I expect. It's good you practiced with it, and getting out of it. That's the odd part. The swim, and the rest, will be fun! Enjoy and good luck!

nyflygirl said...

good luck!! may the water be calm and the weather be cool :)

Uptown Girl said...

The pom poms will be cheering from New York:) Good luck!

Diana Pittet said...

Drop the hammer! Best of luck, Josh!

Mia said...

Josh, thanks for stopping by :) I've been secretly following your blog thanks to Yvonne's site...

Best of luck this weekend, I can't wait to read the report.

Also, I need a t-shirt with your little green blob friend from this post. "Don't Panic" should be my motto.

Ginger Breadman said...

Okay, so you haven't posted so I peaked at the Tinman website - sweet job! I hope you enjoyed it - looking forward to a post about it.