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Attacking the open water swim

Tackling an open water swim is far from easy. There are plenty of fears -- sharks, water up the nose, those slimy things on the ground -- to worry about, and sometimes they can be hard to get past. But GOTRIbal's Wendy Mader says taking on the open water is worth it, and she's here with some tips on how to get past those fears.

Updated: March 23, 2011, 8:31 AM ET
By GOTRIbal

"What Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche taught about the underlying, fundamental uncertainty -- which scientific tests now prove is more frightening to us than physical pain -- is that the very basis of the fear itself is doubting ourselves, not trusting ourselves." -- Pema Chodron

Last week I posted the question, "What are your open water swimming fears?" I received many responses. Fears ranged from "fish monsters biting my feet" to the waves, "how do I get to the buoy in a straight line?" ...

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