Anyone who has read my blogs know that swimming is my toughest discipline. It scares me to death. Recently I posted that I was going to try an open water swim class.
A good friend (from another state) reminded me that it would be better to start with a wet suit. I understand why that was recommended. Extra buoyancy, a little protection against whatever may be in the water, etc. But here in NC the water temps are pretty much the same as a pool right now so I am not stressing too much about that.
My biggest fear is that I can not tread water. I also cannot back stroke. My only swim technique is freestyle. I also have this problem with sinking. No matter how hard I try I cannot float. Back to that wet suit thing again. Not enough buoyancy.
I am not trying to be negative, just stating the obvious, no treading, no floating, will lead to tired arms. Also and probably just as important, I have never even attempted to swim anything over 50. Meaning I always have been in a pool and had the luxury of walls to rest or stop at.
I know that I have to take the plunge and just do it. I have to go to a class and be confident that someone will save me if I start to drown from stupidity or over exertion.