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Old 06-21-2018
Danny Danny is offline
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My experience in open water is that waves and chop throw off my balance and I may start to raise my head to breath. When this happens, everything falls apart, so the key thing for me in open water is to maintain my balance and body position, especially when I rotate to breath. This is much easier to do if I slow down my stroke a glide a little more. I might add that I see the same effect in the pool, when I am practicing with the boys high school team. No lane lines and swimmers doing everything from sprint to butterfly, so there's a lot of chop then in the water, even in the pool.
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