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Old 12-03-2009
JOHN CHAPMAN JOHN CHAPMAN is offline
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when trying to get breath the top of my head is about 2" under water. by the time i roll to breathe i'm looking up where the wall meets the ceiling. this takes what seems like a lot of time&there is a pause in my stroke also when i breathe my recovering arm is in skateing position,where is recovering ar suppose to be? HELP
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when trying to get breath the top of my head is about 2" under water. by the time i roll to breathe i'm looking up where the wall meets the ceiling. this takes what seems like a lot of time&there is a pause in my stroke also when i breathe my recovering arm is in skateing position,where is recovering ar suppose to be? HELP

There could be quite a few reasons for this such as ,
over rolling toward stacked shoulders , pressing the head down too far , reaching down too far as you spear ,letting the head go ahead of the body and lifting it when you roll to breathe. To correct , lean into balance to feel the water help carry you, look down but let the head and neck relax and don't push it down . Where the crown of your head goes the body will tend to follow. Roll just enough to clear the shoulders as you roll and check how far down you are reaching as you spear .You may need to adjust this but keep the fingers pointing down as you reach . Roll the body as a unit . The recovering arm should be on the way to exit the water as you begin to roll and the hand should just clear the surface as you breathe.


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JOHN CHAPMAN JOHN CHAPMAN is offline
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daveblt,thanks for some solutions for my breathing problems! I,ll try to work on some today. thanks jphn
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Old 12-04-2009
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There could be quite a few reasons for this such as
over rolling toward stacked shoulders,
pressing the head down too far ,
reaching down too far as you spear ,
letting the head go ahead of the body and
lifting it when you roll to breathe.
To correct ,
lean into balance to feel the water help carry you,
look down but let the head and neck relax and don't push it down
Where the crown of your head goes the body will tend to follow.
Roll just enough to clear the shoulders as you roll
and check how far down you are reaching as you spear.
.You may need to adjust this
but keep the fingers pointing down as you reach .
Roll the body as a unit .
The recovering arm should be on the way to exit the water as you begin to roll and the hand should just clear the surface as you breathe.


Dave
Dave
now is a great time for that video...
this year or next!
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Old 12-04-2009
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when trying to get breath the top of my head is about 2" under water. by the time i roll to breathe i'm looking up where the wall meets the ceiling. this takes what seems like a lot of time&there is a pause in my stroke also when i breathe my recovering arm is in skateing position,where is recovering ar suppose to be? HELP
Hello John,
Agree with Dave. I had the exact same problem and it went away.
Two issues on my side:
1. Over-rotation
When the top shoulder is on top of the other one, elbow straight up into the air...it makes your head sink
2. Aggressive spearing at a vertical angle (propelling the whole body more underwater than forward)

If you want a quick FIX: rotate much less (45deg instead of 90deg). You will feel flat but you will float very easily and breathing will be easier too.
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i, personally, find that waiting until my body has rotated to then rotate my head to air results in my getting air way too late in the cycle. i start rotating my head to air as my recovery arm is entering the water, and my body follows my head.
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