Originally Posted by Chuckthe
After many (MANY) years out of the pool i am in training for a 2km open water swim happening in February.
Just a couple of pool sessions a week to which i will add some open water as it warms up a little here.
On the weekend i did my first open water race, 1km. While i was happy with my time (16:30) i found i went straight into a 2-stroke breathing instead of my normal 4 stroke in the pool.
Am i losing anything here?
Get the air you need, breathe on 2's. I typically have the pattern, 2,2,4,2,2,4. Then to switch sides, 2,2,3,2,2,4,2,2,4 .. and so on. More breathing = more head movement. The biggest issue causing problems with balance and stability is lifting head for air. As long as you breathe with neutral posture regardless of breathing pattern, noting to lose and only more air to gain.