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2009-01-20 1:16 PM

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Subject: dizzy after swim
I get dizzy after every swim workout. I first thought it might be my short back yard 11yd pool so I joined the 25yd pool. No change. I then thought it was nutrition so I increased carbs on am of swims and immediately after swims. No luck. I do breath frequently during swims. Every time I lift my right arm I breath. I tried breathing every 3rd or fourth stroke but I feel I am really gasping for air by then. Am I hyperventilating by breathing too often? Should I train myself to breath every 3,4 or 5 strokes?


2009-01-20 1:28 PM
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I get dizzy when I am putting my eardrops in afterward, but not sure that helps you.

As for breathing every 3 strokes, it's something you should work toward. I wasn't doing the "catch" right, and once I fixed that, breathing every 3 strokes came right away. I would guess you have a stroke flaw that is causing you not to be able to do that. For now, you could try 2-3-2-3 pattern.
2009-01-20 1:29 PM
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Subject: RE: dizzy after swim
It is normal. I think when your conditioning improves the dizzines wil go away. My background is swimming and after a few years absence from the pool, I was experiencing being dizzy everytime until I got back in shape. and now it is rare unless I push really hard

You have to find a rithm you feel confortable with and work on endurance

good luck
2009-01-20 2:20 PM
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Do you do any sort of cooldown?

I get dizzy if I finish a hard swim and then jump right out of the pool.

Try swimming 100 v. easy and see how you feel

2009-01-20 3:23 PM
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Definately try the Cooldown idea. I usually finish my swim with an easy light 50, sometimes even just a lazy backstroke depending on how empty my pool is. then I stretch my shoulders, back and arms out in the water as much as possible. I used to get dizzy but once I started doing this, especially the stretching, it all went away. Good Luck!
2009-01-20 3:26 PM
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Subject: RE: dizzy after swim

You are definitely not breathing too often.  I'd stick to breathing every time you lift the right arm.  And swim slower.  I struggled mightily when I first started swimming, and found that when I just slowed down, it got better.

Keep at it.  It will get better.



2009-01-21 11:25 AM
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Subject: RE: dizzy after swim
water in the ears will do this. Get some ear-plugs and see if it goes away.
2009-01-21 11:57 AM
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Subject: RE: dizzy after swim
Ditto - this can be particularly problematic in colder water - I use ear plugs myself
2009-01-21 12:18 PM
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X3 on the earplugs.
2009-01-21 12:19 PM
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Subject: RE: dizzy after swim

Are you exhaling fully or mostly underwater? If not, then you might be trying to exhale and inhale so quickly on the breath stroke that you are in effect, hyperventilating yourself and not getting enough clean air back into your lungs. I had similar problems when learning a couple of years ago, but they only resurface now when I get really tired and my already limited form goes to hell.

Has anyone told you that you look red in the face when this happens? If so, then I would think it's more of a breathing problem than an ear problem, but if not, ear plugs are something I would to try as someone already mentioned.

 Good luck with it!

 -Mike

2009-01-21 1:25 PM
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x4 on the earplugs. I had this problem in the pool and open water. Started using earplugs and no more dizziness. I also agree with cooling down after a hard swim.

Edited by popsracer 2009-01-21 1:25 PM


2009-01-21 4:08 PM
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I just bought ear plugs to try, because when i get out of the water (and have ended up with water in my left ear) I can't walk a straight line.  I honestly can' t stop going a bit side to side until I can get to my ear dying drops. lol
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