Originally Posted by LennartLarsson
Use the pull buoy, do not kick (you can even strap your legs together to avoid kicking), aim your stroke at being long and relaxed, do not cross over (lead finger always pointing forward). If you do that right, you cannot avoid breathing the correct way.
I'm able to swim up to 1000m that way and feel relaxed, breathing every 3 strokes. But the next question is: how do you get rid of the pull buoy after that stage and swim as easily without it?