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Old 12-04-2017
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Default Going with the flow....

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Originally Posted by CoachBobM View Post
There's an old adage among exercise buffs that if you wait until you feel thirsty to drink water, you're already dehydrated. I think that something equivalent to this is true when it comes to breathing.

If I'm swimming a relatively short distance (like 50m), I can be comfortable breathing on every 3rd stroke, or even every 4th stroke. But when I'm swimming longer distances, I find that this isn't adequate. I suspect that what is happening is that I'm not breathing often enough when I'm only breathing every 3rd stroke, but I can get away with it over short distances because I'm not doing it long enough to start feeling that I'm short on air. So when I'm going to be swimming a longer distance, I adopt a more frequent breathing pattern from the beginning. A favorite pattern of mine is:

stroke
stroke and breathe
stroke
stroke
stroke and breathe
stroke
stroke and breathe
stroke
stroke
stroke and breathe
stroke
stroke and breathe
etc.

What I am doing is breathing twice on the left, then twice on the right, then twice on the left, and so on. So I'm breathing more frequently while still keeping my stroke symmetric.


Bob
I was off the forums for a while (but still in the pool) and have found my relationship to breathing seems to change over the course of a session. So a part of it now seems to be "as the spirit moves me" but always keeping it as a conscious decision to change my rhythm.

In general, the longer I swim, the more relaxed I seem to get and so I do breath on the 3rd beat quite comfortably, and sometimes throw in a 4 stroke pull to the end of a lap and such. Fun to be learning the awareness of it all.
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