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Old 10-26-2009
dwag4life dwag4life is offline
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Default Swallowing water

After a knee injury sidelined my running, I started swimming, but after a couple frustrating trips to the pool, I did some research and started on TI a little over a month ago. After finally discovering ok balance, I have that distance runners build, 6'4" and 160lbs, I really started making good strides. Went from doing 300m to 1000m, my longest so far, in five swims by being able to stay relaxed and feeling better with the breathing.

The problem I need to work on now is that after the longer set, I feel like I swallowed about half the pool in water, although I don't notice swallowing a bunch of water on individual breaths and don't feel like I'm choking or drowning or anything. Although having to belch is rather tricky while swimming haha. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. The only theory I have is that as I rotate to breath my mouth may be too open or relaxed and I scoop a little up as I roll. Thanks.

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Old 10-26-2009
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Belching probably means that you are swallowing air rather than water, although you may get the odd drop of water as well. As breathing becomes easier you can get most of the air, or possibly even all of it, to go down into the lungs, and water can get into your mouth without penetrating to your stomach.

Keep practising the "popeye" breathing, with one goggle in the water.
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Old 10-27-2009
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Thanks! When I swam this morning I was more aware of this and think it is more of the air getting into the stomach. I was able to complete a mile in 34:17 :) so now I'm gonna just work on efficiency and better breathing because my stroke count goes up as the distance goes up. Thanks again.
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