Open Water Swim - Treading Water
I live near Lake Lanier in Georgia. I'm interested in joining an open water swim group here for a swim. I have been going to the lake during the summer at least once a week to practice and refine my freestyle.
One legitimate concern that has been holding me back from joining an open water swim group or a triathlon race is that I can't tread water for long.
1) how long should one be able to tread water for an open water swim in the event if I need to take a break in the middle of the lake or say ocean?
2) I have watched many youtube videos, and read articles on the internet - but I still haven't been able to master treading water for a long period of time. Any advice or tips?
I'm always afraid that if I get tired in the middle of my swim and I can tread water for long, it becomes a major safety concern.
If I keep my body and head vertical, I could perhaps tread water for a minute before I get exhausted (and then panic). If I lean my head back and keep my eyes in the water, I can perhaps tread water 2-5 minutes.
I could backfloat - but I suppose I would only feel comfortable in the water, if i'm confident that I can tread water for a long time in the event if I'm tired from swimming.
I was at a swimming pool in NJ 1 time talking to this old Russian lady. She was treading water effortlessly like as though she was standing in the water while chatting with me. I asked her how long can she tread water like this. She said, "2 hours effortlessly".