A man has to overcome his fear of open water swimming. He goes about doing this by jumping in a nearby lake, and swimming until sunset. The rash guard seems to enhance his performance, and helps overcome his fear.
Two days ago, out of desperation for a swim workout, I recklessly dove in a nearby lake for an open water swim. I always wear a rash guard, and buy them from a great online retailer which has a selection of Body Glove Aura short sleeve rash guards, as well as IST UV long sleeve rash guards. I still fear lake swimming, and know that swimming alone is probably foolish. But I also know that I will never conquer the open water swim if I don’t practice.
No matter how many pool workouts I complete, an open water swim is a completely different nut to crack. So, despite the stupidity of swimming alone, I swam. I stayed close to shore, and just kept swimming through the water lilies that would catch on my goggles and dodging rocks.
There were no red guidelines to keep me swimming straight, only murky grayness beneath me. The sun was setting in the distance, and the beach where I had started was in a cove, and there was a peninsula at the end of the cove I wanted to reach. I stopped at a few boulders to catch my breath, and the further I was from shore, the more solitude and peacefulness I felt. I was not losing my breath. My muscles weren’t aching. In fact, my swim instructor would have been proud because I could feel my body gliding through the water in between each stroke.
I left a fishing boat behind, and I periodically scanned the water around me for boats and other swimmers. Somehow, the rash guard I was wearing seemed to enhance my performance and give me confidence.