Today Mike & I went on an amazing 4 hour kayaking trip with friends down the Coosa River near Wetumpka, AL.  But… OheMGee, I have developed an intense fear of water lately.  Not pool water… but deep water you can’t see through, like rivers, lakes & oceans.  Today’s anxiety felt very similar to what I felt before (& while) swimming in Lake Pontchartrain for the New Orleans Oschner Half Ironman.  As a matter of a fact, it felt pretty close to a panic attack… that lasted for 4 hours.

Of course, my worst fear came true and I flipped my kayak on the biggest rapid that we went down today.  Mike managed to go down every wave sideways and came out virtually unscathed.  My fall into the water was much less dramatic than I anticipated, but there was no talking me out of the imaginary monsters & danger that lurked beneath. 

I think this new water phobia developed from the handful of triathlons I have participated in.  I literally panic in the water and struggle to breathe & swim.  I feel like I am suffocating.  I become claustrophobic.

This wouldn’t be a problem besides the fact that I plan to participate in some of the biggest triathlons there are over the next few years.   How am I going to overcome this?  I guess by lots & lots of practice in dark, murky water.

Is anyone aware of any swim groups that practice at Oak Mountain from time to time?  If not, I will have to get my mom to paddle boat along side me again while I swim.  😀