When I was about 6-years-old, I started taking swim lessons. I spent that entire summer sitting on my coach's pool steps, slowly lowering my face into the water. I had progressed from putting my chin under the water to putting my nose under the water throughout the course of the summer. I don't know why I was so afraid to put my head under water (especially since I own a pool), or why my parents didn't just tell me to close my eyes and my nose and then dunk my head underwater so they wouldn't waste an entire summer's worth of swim lessons. I obviously somehow got over my fear of putting my head underwater, and I spent the next few summers learning how to do different strokes, dive (that was another doozy), and even do a wall flip.
I looked up the race online and learned I would only need to complete 15 laps (with 1 lap being down and back) in my pool since the swim part of the race is only 300m. I don't even have to do a wall flip because they're not allowed! So I dove in and took off, with my coach alongside keeping me at my paces.
So I guess my next step will be to keep working on my form, just like I did when I began running. Any advice will be greatly appreciated! Shadow doesn't have much to say.