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Old 04-28-2018
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What works?

I have been doing this (I think):

stroke-stroke-stroke + turn head to side to breathe (bilateral rhythm)

Then:

stroke with head down-stroke while lifting head until goggles are out of water to sight-stroke + turn head to side to breathe (same bilateral rhythm)

Or should I be fitting in the sight AFTER the breath instead of before? This seems to be working ok now, but is it the best way?

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Terry (who had far more experience with open water swimming than I do) did it the first way. If you look at this promo for the "Outside the Box" DVD and go 1:27 into it, you'll see him do one of his "sighting strokes".


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Terry (who had far more experience with open water swimming than I do) did it the first way. If you look at this promo for the "Outside the Box" DVD and go 1:27 into it, you'll see him do one of his "sighting strokes".
Bob,

thanks for your reply. I think you are saying Terry used to (man, I hate typing that "used to") sight before breathing--did I understand you right? That's what I am doing now, just wasn't sure. Seems to work ok but I definitely will be working on this a lot since all my swimming is now in open water these days.
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Hey Tom,

Really either pattern that you described is fine. Use the high-side arm to direct your eyes to the surface, and just the eyes on a single stroke. Here's a quick demo of sighting and breathing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vfezAF1hPR4

Some more detailed tips on open water sighting from USMS: https://www.usms.org/fitness-and-tra...ing-efficiency

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Thanks for the links!
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Been doing a LOT of open water swimming, and sighting has sorted itself out with the mindful repetition. It doesn't seem to matter much whether I sight before or after breathing.

I think the biggest help for me was the advice to get your head back down right away, even before you realize what you saw. Then as you continue swimming, you can process the "snapshot" you took and adjust as needed. The interruption to the stroke is quite minimal that way.

Funny, I find I'm swimming much straighter in open water than I used to. Part of that might be improved technique or stroke symmetry, but the excellent visibility of the water (100' visibility is pretty standard) helps a lot. I can "track" my progress along the bottom even in 30-40' of water. Beats watching lane lines!
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