Local trainer helps athletics avoid incidents during Iron-like races

NBC Staff Following last weekend’s half Ironman when two people died from the swimming portion, a local trainer is helping people prepare for tough races like the Ironman.

Cindi Bannink and her husband are endurance coaches for Madison Multisport. They offer open water swim classes once a week and run the master swim program at the Princeton Club.

Bannink said swimming in the open water presents unique challenges.

“Open water provides a whole different realm that can use anxiety for people,” Bannink said. “There's fish and seaweed, plant life, sometimes the water is murky and you can't see your hand,”

Bannink said it's important to train out in the open water, so athletes can work through any issues or anxieties before heading into a big race.