Another year as a Texas Longhorn swimmer is in full swing! Classes are harder than last semester, and the swimming is too!
I spent this summer in Houston (my hometown) swimming and trying to figure out what medical issues I have with my shortness of breath and extra heart beats. After multiple doctors and doctor visits, I was finally able to conclude that I have a bad case of acid reflux. During swim practice, the acid in my stomach would come up and irritate my lungs and heart. It was not a fun time. But with a change to my diet, I was back to the swimmer I was before I had these problems.
I found out that I had to cut out coffee (caffeine in general), soda, tomato sauce, acidic fruits, super fatty foods, chocolate, and other foods that cause acid reflux. I also can’t eat a big meal three hours before practicing or racing. And although I didn’t want to follow this diet, I knew that if I wanted to achieve my goals that I had to change my habits.
And I have changed my habits. I have been following the acid reflux diet as best as I can, and I have been swimming so much better. Both my body and my mind are motivated in practices and I’ve found the love for swimming I had several months ago!
I’ll keep you updated on practices and meets and just my life in general as I “swim through Texas” as a sophomore!
For many new triathletes, swimming in the open water is a daunting prospect. Open water swims even give some some seasoned triathletes chills. However, open water swims can be fun and invigorating if you follow these 5 quick tips.
1. Swim with other people – swimming with other people in open water is much safer than swimming by yourself. If something goes wrong, someone is right there. Otherwise, you have someone to compete against on your swim!
2. Wear a brightly colored cap – This is very important! I usually wear my neon pink Rev3 cap or random other neon caps that I’ve gotten from other races. Neon caps definitely help you stand out in the water.
3. Wear a wetsuit – On an open water swim, having a reliable wetsuit to help you along is a must.
4. Stay hydrated – Make sure that you are hydrated before and after long swims! This helps avoid exhaustion and such in the water.
5. Enjoy yourself – Take in the scenery, stop for a minute to talk with your swimming partner, or simply push yourself and get a great workout (My cousin Erin and I like to stop in the middle of Mirror lake during our swims for a quick break and talk… hehe :). Trust me, it makes the experience much more enjoyable!
Open water swims are an essential part of training for races! There’s nothing like swimming in water as beautiful as Mirror Lake (pictured)