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Old 12-17-2008
madvet madvet is offline
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Default Great Answer!


Maybe try continuing this process always mindful to keep the same effort bringing the count down only by your 'intent' not by straining.
The minute you feel breathless take it back up (spl) and refocus on your ((effort)); overall sense of balance alignment and slipperyness.


Great advice! I think this is one of the best answers I have seen for this problem.
John Carey
Madison, Wisconsin
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Old 12-18-2008
daveblt daveblt is offline
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One thing I do if I run out of breath in freestyle but want to keep swimming is to just turn over and continue with backstroke to get a little air then turn back to free or I may just plan on doing continuous LA combo.When I increase my stroke rate just a little in freestyle or breathe every other stroke instead of every third it also seems to help.

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Old 12-18-2008
weinzwei weinzwei is offline
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AWP - Great advice i will try your suggestions.

Thanks again

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Old 01-25-2009
Lexi Lexi is offline
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Originally Posted by Lloyd View Post
I have the same problem at 54 and just learning to swim last feb. I now swim the mile three times a week but have resorted to using a snorkle because I cant beat my breathing problem. I dont see any reason to enroll in any workshops and open water swimming is out without the snorkle I havent really learned to swim yet.
It's a bit off the track of this thread, but I was really struck by Lloyd's post and thought it deserved a reply. Especially, "I don't see any reason to take a workshop". Why not? It sounds like you're frustrated with your breathing problem, and not making progress on your own. For me, continuing frustration with not being able to 'get' something is the best reason for some sort of instruction.

Now, I confess, I've made really slow progress with TI for several years, and am only now about to (finally!) enroll in a workshop. Money and time were the big reasons - there weren't any scheduled in Alaska until last year, so it would have meant an expensive flight and hotel as well as the workshop fee. Those may be good reasons for you, too, or maybe you're making progress in other ways and are happy with that. But if you are frustrated and enjoying your swimming less than you could be, consider treating yourself to a workshop, lessons, or coaching.
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