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Old 06-26-2010
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Default if ya can do 10 bobbing breaths...ya really GOT IT! DO N'T yA?

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Originally Posted by madvet View Post
Breathing is the most simple thing,
except
it is not.

Yes, you could be in better shape, but not so bad
that you can't complete 1 length,
otherwise you wouldn't be doing triathlons.

Mastering relaxed breathing
is
the key to going from 10 yards to 10,000.

The more you can match your breathing to what you would be doing at a brisk walk in the open air, the better.
1) No tension in the neck shoulders and chest.
2) No forceful exhalation or inhalation. More effort than you would be doing standing still, but like I said, about what you do at a brisk walk. People who run are used to breathing harder, but it doesn't work at the slower breathing rate you are limited to while swimming.
3) Inhale when your arms aren't actively pulling -- you can't open your chest, while your back and chest muscles are working to close your chest.

If this is not working, "listen" more closely for excess tension.
IT'S GREAT TO VERBALIZE THE ANSWER
AIN'T IT?
splash'n'pat!

Last edited by splashingpat : 07-01-2010 at 02:41 PM.
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