Posted: 06/09/2014 at 17:21
Hi PipRam.First of all relax and listen to the wise words off Dustboy. I did my first tri breast stroke and my second....oh yes and my third! Its taken me ages to learne front crawl so be patient and don't let one bad session get the better of you.
Putting two new things together when swimming is difficult. My coach has me just concentrating on one thing at a time. So one length I will have a focal point of turning my head to breathe at the optimum time. It doesn't matter what else is happening in my stroke so long as I master that. Then the second length will be a different focal point such as getting in a catch position. The breathing for that length doesn't matter. The I would repeat the two points on each odd/even length for about 10 lengths. Eventually all the focal points start to come together. I cycle through different focal points in my swimming which makes it more interesting, especially on longer swims.
Anxiety and panic attacks - yep, been there done that, especially in open water. I've now learned to relax in the water and I don't start swimming till my breathing is settled. If I get panicked I go back to breathing focus. It gets easier. I love swimming now.
Good luck for Warwickshire and let us know how you get on. If you find you don't get on with your coach I would find a new one. I swapped till I found one I clicked with and she can't get rid of me lol.