That breathing thing . .

We all do it, don’t we. Coaches seem born with the belief that swimmers do not need to breathe. Swimmers seem born with the contrary belief – that air is best held on to for as long as possible being released only as late as is compatible with its immediate and full replacement with another quick gulp.

As usual, the swimmer is wrong. As usual also, that does not mean that coach has it just right.
As often, the nice people at SwimSmooth have a thought-through answer. See: http://www.swimsmooth.com/exhalation.html

I like what they write. I shall be trying out their recommended drills when an opportunity next arises. The big issue (for me) is that they do not say whether what is to be achieved is merely learning and internalising a different style of breathing, or whether it is about developing lung capacity – changing the muscle size etc. If it is the latter, it may prove more dificult.

A question – do freedivers use this?

Swim Set

Our morning group was down to three.

300WU
25m Fly + 50m easy
50m fly + 50m easy
75m fly + 50m easy
100m fly + 50m easy
75m fly + 50m easy
50m fly + 50m easy
25m fly
(all + 10s rest)
5x100m IM om 2m broken on 25m with 5s
12x 100m free. All 50m free, second 50m ascending 1 through 4.

Morning Set

After a few days away, I needed a longer swim.
Loo and I swam a 1500m, followed by 10×100 back, mixing 100s kick, pull, drill and swim, then a short swim down.

I had to get out to take my grandson to nursery!

Today’s set

This was a bit of a recovery only.
300 WU
4×400, alternating 400s free and IM.
Drill 50s

I copped out on the IM, going down to 200IMand straight into 200 free.
It has, otherwise, been a hard week.