This week, our mid-week post is a podcast I recently recorded with Rich Soares of Mile High Endurance on the topic of bilateral breathing.

Our interview begins at the 25:00 mark of this audio file.


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Rich and I discuss a blog post I’d written: What prompted me, after 28 years, to begin breathing to both sides?

Twenty-five of those left-side breathing years were pre-TI, so my breathing habits had become mostly unconscious incompetence.

Breathing to the right for the first time (in 1992) felt uncomfortable, but alerted me that my left-breathing was inefficient, because I took two more strokes for 50 meters than when I breathed to the right.

Yet I was initially trying to achieve the same level of comfort when breathing to the right side. So left-side breathing, while less efficient provided the benchmark I tried to match on my new breathing side.

However, because my right-side breathing lacked bad habits that had built up over 28 years of ‘unconscious’ breathing,  it progressed fairly rapidly.

Honestly cannot recall the time when right side displaced left for me in setting the standard for left side breathing technique, but I can remember the specific breathing skill that I recognized I was better at on my new breathing side, I had a noticeably more patient lead (left) hand while breathing right. So my first example of Conscious Incompetence was to try to make my lead (right) hand more patient, while breathing left.

I now keep my head low while breathing to the left.

I now keep my head low while breathing to the left.

Next I noticed that I slightly lifted my head while breathing left . . . which caused my lead hand to stroke prematurely. So that became Conscious Incompetence item #2,  And so on.

Just as  I do on the right.

Just as I do on the right.

Enjoy the podcast.