home
RSS
Tri Challenge: Breathe deeply to conquer wet suit anxiety
July 25th, 2011
03:10 PM ET

Tri Challenge: Breathe deeply to conquer wet suit anxiety

Since January, six iReporters have been training in the Fit Nation Triathlon Challenge. We’re following along as they prepare to compete alongside Dr. Sanjay Gupta in the August 7 Nautica NYC Triathlon.

Well here we are, staring down less than two weeks until we jump into the Hudson River! Wet suits are allowed for this race as long as the water temp is below 78°F, and because the water temp has not reached this level in the history of the NYC Tri, we 6-Packers have all included wet suit swims in our training.

We swam in them several times while in Hawaii in April, including the mini-tri we did on our last day there. That swim did not go well for me, and I have come to decide that it was due to “wet suit anxiety.” Frankly, I have more anxiety about the swim than I have admitted to myself and others.

The first time I put on my wet suit in Hawaii (actually it was the second time; the first time we all put them on backwards and had to start over), I was comfortable swimming in it in the ocean. But on the day we did our mini-tri, something changed, and I found myself hyperventilating on the swim. I think I had started out swimming too fast, got winded, and then blamed the tight fit of the wet suit for not being able to catch my breath when actually I couldn’t catch it because I was hyperventilating.

Memories of that Hawaii swim drove me to practice a real-life river swim in my wet suit, just so that I would know that I had done it when the time came to take the Hudson plunge. So this past Sunday, after I had celebrated a 50-mile-ride milestone earlier in the day, I rested a few hours and then hit the river with friends Gena and David, to do a wet suit swim in the Etowah river.

I donned mine about a mile upstream from where I would exit, but because I was tired from the morning’s ride, we paddled a little farther downstream before I jumped in. My greatest concern was that the river was quite shallow in spots, and I didn’t want to scuff against any rocks or logs that might tear it. Gena and David paddled along about 20 feet to each side of me to make sure I stayed in mid-channel. As usual, I started off swimming smoothly, rolling, stretching and breathing bilaterally as I have been doing for miles all summer in the pool. Maybe this time it would be OK.

I practiced abdominal breathing to lessen my feeling of chest constriction, but no such luck; here came that familiar shortness-of-breath feeling that pulled my attention to the fit of the wet suit on my chest. I wish I could say that I worked it out, that I got my mind over matter, slowed my strokes, breathed abdominally and finally hit a stride, but I really never did. What I did accomplish was good practice of my resting strokes (side and back), and of my self-talk that enabled me to go on downstream.

I’m not gonna lie: I was very glad to get out of that water last Sunday. I had righteously earned that long bubble-bath that was waiting at home! Three lessons came out of the water with me: (1) Do not take comfort with any sport for granted– things may (and will) change when you least expect it.(2) Know your resting plan and practice that too; and (3) Friends that help you train add fun and blessings.

So… will we or won’t we be wearing our wet suits into the Hudson? That decision is out of my hands, so I plan to succeed under either scenario. If we do, I will enjoy the extra flotation, and if we don’t, I will probably not hyperventilate. One thing is certain: When I take that leap into the Hudson with all of my new best friends, it will be a moment that I will never ever forget.

Follow @CNNHealth on Twitter


soundoff (601 Responses)
  1. obgyn near me

    An impressive share! I've just forwarded this onto a coworker who had been conducting a little homework on this. And he in fact bought me lunch due to the fact that I discovered it for him... lol. So allow me to reword this.... Thanks for the meal!! But yeah, thanks for spending time to talk about this matter here on your web site.

    https://www.sweetpaulmag.com/Redirect.aspx?destination=https://masternearme.com

    June 18, 2021 at 05:00 | Report abuse | Reply
  2. t mobile near me

    This blog was... how do you say it? Relevant!! Finally I've found something which helped me. Thanks a lot!

    http://paleycenterformedia.org/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=bjsnearme.com

    June 18, 2021 at 07:02 | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Camper Repair Shop Near Me

    http://connectathon-results.ihe.net/open_is_url.php?url=ocrv.life/delivery-bus-collision-repair-shop-near-me

    June 18, 2021 at 12:35 | Report abuse | Reply
  4. RV Repair Around Me

    http://www.historyhub.history.gov/external-link.jspa?url=https://ocrvcenter.info/rv-repair-shop-san-marcos-california/

    June 18, 2021 at 12:54 | Report abuse | Reply
  5. commercial foundation repair

    https://trentonk18w5.ezblogz.com/32019861/not-known-factual-statements-about-generator-repair

    June 18, 2021 at 14:48 | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Camper Repair Places Near Me

    That is a really good tip especially to those new to the blogosphere. Short but very accurate informationÖ Thanks for sharing this one. A must read post!

    https://commissionsoup.com/opts.aspx?t=P6MCR2&u=www.ocrvcenter.com/rv-repair-shop-san-marino-california/

    June 18, 2021 at 15:30 | Report abuse | Reply
  7. burger places near me

    http://tessa.linksmt.it/fr/web/sea-conditions/news/-/asset_publisher/T4fjRYgeC90y/content/innovation-and-forecast-a-transatlantic-collaboration-at-35th-america-s-cup?redirect=http://bestlocalnearme.com

    June 18, 2021 at 18:24 | Report abuse | Reply
  8. RV Repair Mission Viejo

    I was extremely pleased to find this site. I need to to thank you for your time for this particularly wonderful read!! I definitely really liked every bit of it and i also have you book marked to look at new information in your site.

    http://curseforge.com/linkout?remoteUrl=https://ocrvshop.com/rv-repair-shop-garden-grove-california/

    June 18, 2021 at 19:26 | Report abuse | Reply
  9. RV Repair Shops Near Me Now

    I blog often and I seriously appreciate your content. The article has truly peaked my interest. I will book mark your website and keep checking for new details about once a week. I opted in for your Feed too.

    http://www.it.paltalk.com/client/webapp/client/External.wmt?url=www.ocrv.fun/rv-repair-shop-sierra-madre-california

    June 18, 2021 at 20:09 | Report abuse | Reply
  10. RV Repair Seal Beach

    http://devot-ee.com/?URL=http://ocrvcenter.com/rv-dashboard-repair-near-me/

    June 18, 2021 at 21:10 | Report abuse | Reply
  11. RV Repair

    http://doterra.myvoffice.com/Application/index.cfm?&EnrollerID=1&Theme=Default&ReturnUrl=https://www.theocrv.com/rv-repair-shop-maywood-california

    June 18, 2021 at 21:21 | Report abuse | Reply
  12. RV Repair Near Me Now

    Spot on with this write-up, I absolutely feel this web site needs a great deal more attention. Iíll probably be returning to read more, thanks for the advice!

    http://bing.com/news/apiclick.aspx?ref=FexRss&aid=&url=www.ocrvcenter.net/motorhome-seats-repair-near-me/

    June 18, 2021 at 23:20 | Report abuse | Reply
  13. RV Repair Shops Near Me

    http://citidex.sfgov.org/cgi-bin/sunindex/getData.cgi?docColor=deptsonly&dispRec=yes&contact=TedYamasaki&phone=(415)557-4815&url=https://www.ocrv.biz/fire-truck-collision-repair-paint-shop-near-me-orange-county/

    June 19, 2021 at 07:54 | Report abuse | Reply
  14. RV Repair Orange County

    https://shinobi.jp/etc/goto.html?http://www.ocrv.biz/rv-repair-shop-lomita-california

    June 19, 2021 at 08:25 | Report abuse | Reply
  15. RV Repair Near Me Now

    http://bad.org.uk/for-the-public/patient-information-leaflets/androgenetic-alopecia/?showmore=1&returnlink=ocrvcenter.org/refrigerator-truck-collision-repair-shop-near-me

    June 19, 2021 at 08:52 | Report abuse | Reply
  16. Sprinter Repair Near Me

    https://cliopatria.swi-prolog.org/browse/list_resource?r=https://ocrvluxurycoaches.com/motorhome-collision-repair-near-me

    June 19, 2021 at 09:10 | Report abuse | Reply
  17. RV Repair California

    https://bookmerken.de/?url=https://ocrvcenter.com/pop-up-trailer-collision-repair-shop-near-me

    June 19, 2021 at 09:53 | Report abuse | Reply
  18. bagels near me

    Good post. I learn something totally new and challenging on websites I stumbleupon everyday. It's always interesting to read through articles from other writers and practice something from their web sites.

    http://esafety.cn/blog/go.asp?url=https://bestshopnearme.com/

    June 19, 2021 at 10:13 | Report abuse | Reply
  19. boost mobile near me

    https://archers27o0.daneblogger.com/4751919/detailed-notes-on-repairing-services

    June 19, 2021 at 14:22 | Report abuse | Reply
  20. Nearest RV Repair

    https://www.creativecommons.org/choose/results-one?field_attribute_to_url=ocrvcenter.com/box-truck-repair-near-me/

    June 19, 2021 at 16:02 | Report abuse | Reply
  21. RV Repair Orange County

    Hello there! This post couldnít be written much better! Reading through this post reminds me of my previous roommate! He continually kept preaching about this. I am going to send this article to him. Fairly certain he'll have a very good read. Many thanks for sharing!

    http://www.freecenter.com/db/review.cgi?category=pda&url=https://ocrvcenter.com/videos-2

    June 19, 2021 at 18:25 | Report abuse | Reply
  22. RV Repair Shop Near My Location

    Hi! I just wish to give you a huge thumbs up for the great information you have right here on this post. I am coming back to your web site for more soon.

    http://eridan.websrvcs.com/System/Login.asp?id=48747&Referer=http://www.ocrv.info/rv-windshield-repair-near-me

    June 19, 2021 at 18:35 | Report abuse | Reply
  23. RV Repair Near Me

    This website truly has all the information and facts I needed about this subject and didnít know who to ask.

    https://www.community.nxp.com/t5/custom/page/page-id/ExternalRedirect?url=http://www.ocrvcenter.info/rv-solar-panel-repair-near-me/

    June 19, 2021 at 18:49 | Report abuse | Reply
  24. RV Repair Mission Viejo

    You have made some really good points there. I checked on the internet to learn more about the issue and found most people will go along with your views on this site.

    https://www2.golflink.com.au/out.aspx?frm=gglcmicrosite&target=www.ocrvcenter.com/cargo-van-collision-repair-shop-near-me

    June 19, 2021 at 22:18 | Report abuse | Reply
  25. SEO Marketing Consultants

    Having read this I believed it was extremely enlightening. I appreciate you taking the time and effort to put this article together. I once again find myself spending way too much time both reading and posting comments. But so what, it was still worth it!

    http://noexcuselist.com/li/?url=http://www.https://affordableranking.com/

    June 20, 2021 at 03:27 | Report abuse | Reply
  26. Local Marketing Firms

    https://feiertage-anlaesse.de/button_partnerlink/index.php?url=http://affordableranking.com/

    June 20, 2021 at 05:28 | Report abuse | Reply
  27. Eugene Cultice

    http://community.nxp.com/t5/custom/page/page-id/ExternalRedirect?url=https://www.iamkarra.com

    June 20, 2021 at 13:30 | Report abuse | Reply
  28. Saturnina Tiso

    https://www.curseforge.com/linkout?remoteUrl=https://www.bonus-books.com

    June 20, 2021 at 14:32 | Report abuse | Reply
  29. Mike Glaude

    Iím impressed, I have to admit. Seldom do I encounter a blog thatís both educative and amusing, and without a doubt, you've hit the nail on the head. The issue is an issue that not enough people are speaking intelligently about. I'm very happy I came across this in my hunt for something relating to this.

    http://bizfinder.registerguard.com/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=http://wholisticcircle.com/

    June 20, 2021 at 14:36 | Report abuse | Reply
  30. Carlos Marinaccio

    https://community.nxp.com/t5/custom/page/page-id/ExternalRedirect?url=https://ocrv.tv/

    June 20, 2021 at 16:53 | Report abuse | Reply
  31. Rigoberto Pavel

    Oh my goodness! Impressive article dude! Thank you, However I am having issues with your RSS. I donít know why I cannot subscribe to it. Is there anybody getting the same RSS problems? Anybody who knows the solution can you kindly respond? Thanks!!

    https://map.google.ru/url?q=https://ocrv.rocks

    June 20, 2021 at 17:17 | Report abuse | Reply
  32. escape room near me

    http://twinmamarama.com/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=bestshopnearme.com

    June 21, 2021 at 00:24 | Report abuse | Reply
  33. dog parks near me

    http://calparks.us/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=www.reviewnearme.com/

    June 21, 2021 at 01:22 | Report abuse | Reply
  34. food delivery near me

    http://www.argentinamia.ru/go.php?site=https://bestservicenearme.com

    June 21, 2021 at 01:30 | Report abuse | Reply
  35. RV Repair Shops Nearby

    http://ihatebarryherstein.com/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=ocrvcenter.com

    June 21, 2021 at 03:43 | Report abuse | Reply
  36. RV Repair Orange County

    Your style is very unique compared to other folks I've read stuff from. Thank you for posting when you have the opportunity, Guess I'll just bookmark this blog.

    http://meteoveneto.com/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=ocrvcenter.com

    June 21, 2021 at 08:02 | Report abuse | Reply
  37. bank of america atm near me

    Itís hard to find knowledgeable people about this topic, but you sound like you know what youíre talking about! Thanks

    https://537.xg4ken.com/media/redir.php?prof=383&camp=43224&affcode=kw2313&url=https://bestlocalnearme.com

    June 21, 2021 at 08:49 | Report abuse | Reply
  38. tire shops near me

    http://www.spyfoot.com/rank/out.cgi?url=http://masternearme.com/

    June 21, 2021 at 09:51 | Report abuse | Reply
  39. Best RV Repair Near Me

    Iím amazed, I must say. Seldom do I encounter a blog thatís equally educative and interesting, and let me tell you, you've hit the nail on the head. The problem is something that too few people are speaking intelligently about. I am very happy that I came across this during my search for something concerning this.

    http://allvitamins.com/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=ocrvcenter.co

    June 21, 2021 at 15:40 | Report abuse | Reply
  40. Van Door Repair

    Hello! I simply want to offer you a huge thumbs up for the great information you have here on this post. I am returning to your site for more soon.

    http://ibuyfurniture.com/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=commercialrepairshop.com

    June 21, 2021 at 16:28 | Report abuse | Reply
  41. RV And Trailer Repair Near Me

    http://djdaniel.com/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=ocrvpaintandservice.com/

    June 21, 2021 at 16:29 | Report abuse | Reply
  42. Camper Repair Places Near Me

    Everyone loves it when folks come together and share views. Great blog, continue the good work!

    http://www.eweavermft.com/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=ocrvmotorsports.biz

    June 21, 2021 at 19:22 | Report abuse | Reply
  43. korean bbq near me

    The very next time I read a blog, Hopefully it doesn't fail me as much as this one. I mean, Yes, it was my choice to read through, but I really thought you would have something helpful to talk about. All I hear is a bunch of complaining about something that you could fix if you were not too busy searching for attention.

    https://www.worldsecuresystems.com/redirect.aspx?destination=http://earme.a2hosted.com/

    June 21, 2021 at 21:32 | Report abuse | Reply
  44. RV Repair Near Me Now

    I was able to find good advice from your blog posts.

    http://www.twoeagles.com/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=ocrvmotorsports.life

    June 21, 2021 at 23:45 | Report abuse | Reply
  45. Ram Luxury Van Repair

    Saved as a favorite, I love your site!

    http://dispenseware.com/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=fleetservicesorangecounty.com

    June 22, 2021 at 00:15 | Report abuse | Reply
  46. RV Service Repair Near Me

    You're so awesome! I do not believe I have read something like this before. So nice to find somebody with some unique thoughts on this issue. Really.. many thanks for starting this up. This website is one thing that's needed on the internet, someone with some originality!

    http://www.momshere.com/cgi-bin/atx/out.cgi?id=212&tag=top12&trade=http://orangecountyrvrepair.com/

    June 22, 2021 at 01:10 | Report abuse | Reply
  47. executive training online

    http://breastenlargementspecialist.com/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=mastermindformen.com/

    June 22, 2021 at 02:03 | Report abuse | Reply
  48. executive group

    http://www.harryape.com/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=realchrisburns.com

    June 22, 2021 at 04:51 | Report abuse | Reply
  49. RV Trailer Repair Near Me

    Greetings, I believe your site may be having web browser compatibility problems. When I look at your web site in Safari, it looks fine however, if opening in IE, it has some overlapping issues. I just wanted to provide you with a quick heads up! Aside from that, wonderful website!

    http://betacenter.com/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=ocrvcenter.com

    June 22, 2021 at 06:06 | Report abuse | Reply
  50. Van Maintenance Shop Near Me

    Hello! I could have sworn Iíve visited this website before but after going through many of the articles I realized itís new to me. Nonetheless, Iím definitely delighted I found it and Iíll be bookmarking it and checking back frequently!

    http://ffmiles.com/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=www.fleettruckrepairshop.com

    June 22, 2021 at 08:18 | Report abuse | Reply
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12

Post a comment


 

CNN welcomes a lively and courteous discussion as long as you follow the Rules of Conduct set forth in our Terms of Service. Comments are not pre-screened before they post. You agree that anything you post may be used, along with your name and profile picture, in accordance with our Privacy Policy and the license you have granted pursuant to our Terms of Service.

Advertisement
About this blog

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the latest stories from CNN Chief Medical Correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Senior Medical Correspondent Elizabeth Cohen and the CNN Medical Unit producers. They'll share news and views on health and medical trends - info that will help you take better care of yourself and the people you love.