Originally Posted by jenson1a
Thanks--it just seems that reasons for breathlessness are either poor balance, failure to inhale and/or exhale correctly, tenseness, and lifting the head to breathe.
I use to swim a 25 m length at an average of 42 to 45 seconds--really slow, but I did not run out of air. Stroke rate was probably 30 or above. When I started TI, I was consumed with the need to reduce my SPL and I did. But SR of 30 and breathing on every other stroke, meant I was taking 15 breaths. SR of 20 meant only 10 breaths. Couldn't this be a reason for being out of breath? Maybe it just requires a matter of conditioning to get use to new SR? I do work out in gym for at least 5 days and swim for about 45 minutes 5 or 6 days a week. Guess I don't know what it takes.
Swimming is a very different sort of fitness. Lots of people seem to deny that, but I've heard Keri-Anne Payne say it in an interview; and also plenty of experienced and knowledeable coaches and swimmers. Like you, when I started swimming seriously, I was pretty fit for a 30 year old: I could run a half marathon (13.1 miles) in 90 minutes and average 20mph on a bike for an hour, yet I couldn't swim more than 25/50 metres! I could actually do continuous press ups for much longer than I could swim... Even when my TI technique was 90% of what it is now, my endurance limit was still 25 metres. After a while, I switched from doing mostly drills to doing a lot of swimming, and eventually my swimming endurance arrived.
My advice, as a fellow learner of TI would be to keep improving your technique, but also to keep swimming, and just see how you get on. Remember to relax, and concentrate on keeping going, rather than achieving any particular performance goals.