69 days until EC tide opening
10,000 yards, long swims with about 15 seconds rest. Just feeling the water.
Many will skip over this day, because they have a handle on this, but I bring this important concept up because many novice swimmers tell me they sink in the water.
Most have not learned the proper breathing technique.
An easy way to remember is:
EXHALE slowly when your face is in the water. Empty most of the air from your lungs so when you turn the head and shoulder girdle for a breath, you have plenty of time and room for a good INHALATION.
The breathing pattern becomes a rythmic and controlled pattern.
I like to swim with a breathing pattern of 3 strokes. On the 3rd stroke I take a breath, take 2 strokes, breathe, take 2 strokes, breathe. Then I take another 3 strokes and I am breathing on the other side. 2 strokes, breathe, 2 strokes, breathe.
This is a 3-2-2 pattern.
By alternating to each side, the stroke should be more even.
Some swimmers breathe on the same side every time that side takes a stroke. I used to do this as a youth but finally learned to balance my stroke.
Dream, Prepare, Succeed.