I'm training for my first triathlons this year - a Sprint in July and an Olympic distance in September. All the training has been prgressing well. My question is about the long swims -- I did one in the pool yesterday for 53 minutes. At about 40 minutes I started to feel queasy -- almost like I was seasick (and I usually do not get motion sickness). This was the first time I've experienced this, and it continued until I finished, and then for about 20 minutes after. Has anyone ever had this happen? I was using a new type of earplug, so I'm wondering if that had something to do with it. It makes me anxious about swimming for 1.5K in the ocean! Any input or feedback would be appreciated!
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swimming question from novice(5 posts)
Some people do get seasick when they swim... you're not alone.
My best advice is to try to stay calm and drink lots of water before your swim. You might have be dehydrated... which would lead to a general feeling of unease.
Also consider looking into a swimming technique like "Total Immersion" which may make you more comfortable in the water in general.
You probably did get a little sea sick. It happens every now and then, maybe you had eaten something that just didn’t agree with you really anything can cause you to get sea sick even if you are used to the water. I go offshore fishing almost every weekend and every now and then even in the pool I get a little sick. Also try to keep as much water out of your mouth as possible this will help out a lot. I would suggest if possible doing some open water swims for training. This will help build your confidence in the water.
I have had problems with that as well. I agree with an above post about keeping as much water out of your mouth as possible. Another thing that you might want to try is earplugs. I know that my problem was from water rushing in and out of my ear. I am missing an eardrum which makes that water cause more problems than if I had that barrier, but it might be worth a try for you.
Thanks for some great tips! I will keep at it and watch what/when I eat before swimming. It is good to know I'm not alone in this...I thought I might be. Thanks so much!
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