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Old 01-23-2012
GretchenT GretchenT is offline
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I'm an asthmatic too and actually started to get interested in open water swimming because I don't like the chlorinated water in pools too much. It tends to bother my asthma a little and makes it more difficult to breathe. As far as training, have you thought about getting one of those safety buoys for swimming in open water? They might make you less nervous knowing there's something to hold onto if you freak out or start panicking. I've been swimming since I was three and it kind of comes natural after a while. I wouldn't worry about speed but focus more on technique and relaxing. You need to feel comfortable in the water and it will be much easier. The more you panic or stress, the more difficult breathing will be and the quicker you're arms and legs will get tired out.
Gretchen - swimming at the indoor swimming pools Nashville this winter
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