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mbroady 08-15-2015 01:36 AM

Can't breathe indoors
 
I'm 46 years old and started swimming at the beginning of June. I started off very small, 500 yards. Over the course of 2 months I have been swimming 5 days a week, and have worked up to a 900. This week I started swimming indoors and I can't seem to catch my breath in between sets. What is going on? Is this normal? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

sojomojo 08-15-2015 01:57 AM

Pool Chemicals
 
If you only suffer from shortness of breath while swimming indoors, it might be the pool chemicals and/or poor ventilation. My mother has COPD and she can't watch her grandkids swim at the indoor pool because of it. The pool will sometimes open the exterior doors (even during the winter months) to ventilate the interior and there’s a noticeable difference in the air quality.

tobiasreischl 09-16-2015 10:14 AM

I think the causality of this needs to be looked at much more closely. My brother and I both have asthma, and both swam competitively for years. The key is that we both had asthma *before* we swam competitively. In fact, when I am in the pool, I never need to use my inhaler, while I cannot go for a run without it. Perhaps there is a higher incidence of asthma among swimmers because these athletes were unable to be competitive in non-pool sports *due* to their asthma. Just a thought.





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novaswimmer 09-17-2015 12:36 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mbroady (Post 54612)
I'm 46 years old and started swimming at the beginning of June. I started off very small, 500 yards. Over the course of 2 months I have been swimming 5 days a week, and have worked up to a 900. This week I started swimming indoors and I can't seem to catch my breath in between sets. What is going on? Is this normal? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

When you swam 'outside' was that in the ocean, a lake or a pool?


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