Swim Question: Breathing Problems

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I have 10 lessons with a coach and he keeps telling my I'm holding my breath. I cannot figure out where since I'm breathing out and in every 3rd stroke. Any drill recommendations?

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I am a new age-grouper (39) and did my first triathlon (olympic) in the Austin triathlon. The swim training I am doing is very hard since I cannot figure my breathing issue. I have 10 lessons with a coach and he keeps telling my I'm holding my breath. I cannot figure out where since I'm breathing out and in every 3rd stroke.  Any drill recommendations for improving breathing or finding out where I am holding my breath?

Answer

Breathing can be difficult to get right away and is usually the last thing I work on with beginners.

Great job breathing every third stroke though, as this is ideal in freestyle- especially for open water swimming. However, you may consider falling back to breathing every 2 or 4 strokes on your stronger side until you can get the timing part down on breathing. [.....]

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date: October 11, 2007

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I'm at http://www.TriSwimCoach.com- a resource for beginning through intermediate level triathletes looking for help with swimming. The site features a free email newsletter offering tips and articles on triathlon swimming. I have also written an electronic book titled “The Complete Guide to Triathlon Swimming” and created "The Essential Triathlon Swimming DVD", both available on www.triswimcoach.com.

For a 20% DISCOUNT on Zoomers Z2 fins and Freestyler paddles, go to www.finisinc.com and use discount code ‘aggies20’ at checkout!

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