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Old 05-13-2018
novaswimmer novaswimmer is offline
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Originally Posted by scribe3 View Post

I am having an issue, with my breathing. I tend to exhale the last bit of air, as my mouth breaks the surface. .... By the way, I exhale through my nose, and inhale through my mouth..
Sounds exactly like what I do. While I'm probably not a true 'sinker', I am pretty low in the water. However, for me, I have not found it helpful to retain excess air in my lungs in order to 'keep from sinking'. I tried it initially in my learning curve, but it added to stress. And since one of my issues is more of a poor horizontal position in the, extra air in the lungs leads to keeping the upper body higher, but legs still sink, adding to drag.

Plus, I am much more relaxed if I naturally exhale nearly all of the air underwater (EDIT: we never actually exhale ALL the air in our lungs, however - there is ALWAYS a bit of residual air), blowing out through my nose 'as my head turns to air' a whale 'clears the blowhole'. This prevents water from coming in my nose (usually). This again is part of what I call the 'air-regulation' side to breathing that must be learned and practiced over and over until it feels right.

Originally Posted by scribe3 View Post

However, I read online, you are suppose to exhale all your air under water, retaining a little though, to keep you from sinking, so when your mouth breaks the surface all you have to do is inhale
If you exhale all your air underwater, you will not have any to retain!

Everyone is a bit different. I just find it more comfortable to exhale through nose continuously -- beginning as soon as my face turns down into the water after the breath, continuing to exhale as head turns to air, and finally inhaling quickly through the mouth. I could never get air quickly enough if I inhaled through my nose. I don't think many swimmers inhale through the nose only. And it's never been very comfortable for me to exhale through the mouth, though some exhale through mouth and nose.

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