View Full Version : Do you race short distance free with bi-lateral breathing?

October 20th, 2003, 02:51 AM
...it seems that ppl still prefer to breath on their best side when racing short distance free (50yd/m, maybe even more)... Am I correct in this observation?

(of course I do realize the value of bi-lat breathing during practice, drills, long distance..etc, due to body position, balance, strain of muscle...etc)


October 20th, 2003, 10:48 AM
If the distance is short enough (50), hopefully you will not be breathing enough to know if it is bi-lateral or not. :D
Unless you are in an end lane, breathing both ways lets you check out the field.

I've always viewed bilateral breathing as keeping your options open. I have more "gears" about when I want to breathe, depending on my oxygen debt.

October 21st, 2003, 12:11 AM
In a sprint I breathe to the side that feels most fluid by the time I need air. The side can depend on how I feel that day, t\what muscles may be tighter than the others.

Being ambidextrous, I don't have a favorite side (if nothing is hurting).

When doing regular swimming in practice, moderate and easy sets, I breathe on 3's and 5's,
or if I zone out, it can happen on 2';s and 4's and 5's and 6's.... ;)

October 23rd, 2003, 10:33 PM
you should only breathe on your strong side fo the 50. I only breath once about half way of the 2nd 25. On my 100 though, I breath every 4th on the first 50 so I have enough O2 for the second 50.