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Digital Subscriptions > Outdoor Swimmer > March 19 > “I’M SCARED OF GETTING FATIGUED ON A LONG SWIM”


Preparing psychologically as well as physically for swimming long distances can help prevent fear of fatigue, says Helen Davis

Long distance swimming can be an activity where participants push themselves to their physiological and psychological limits. Setting yourself a big challenge of a long swim can present not only physical challenges, but psychological ones. Taking time to prepare well, not only from a physical perspective, but a psychological one is a good investment for how to cope with fear of fatigue.


Fatigue in long distance swimming is something swimmers have to deal with. It can give swimmers a sense that they are not making any progress, even if their arms and legs are moving. Technique and swimming style suffer and breathing patterns can become irregular. These physical factors can affect your psychological state and your thoughts and feelings can alter as you continue swimming. How can you effectively combat fear of fatigue?

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