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cantwait4bike
February 7th, 2013, 07:38 PM
been trying to improve my swim times by swimming straighter and with less sighting of buoys. for years breathed every stroke on one side in races but trained in pool with a little alternate breathing. i'm now trying 6 full strokes one side, no breathe stroke, sight, then 6 breathe on other side, repeat,etc.

obviously in a pool you can only get some many strokes in before bump'in the wall......would be interested in any thoughts or experience on OW breathing pattern you like. thx

chaos
February 7th, 2013, 09:12 PM
http://www.marathonswimmers.org/forum/discussion/368/do-marathon-swimmers-breathe-every-stroke#Item_20

The short answer is “it depends”. Its good to be able to breathe on both/either side so you can react to whatever conditions you are presented with.

rxleakem
February 19th, 2013, 07:15 AM
Another perspective:
http://loneswimmer.com/2013/02/19/howto-open-water-breathing-patterns/

Rob Copeland
February 19th, 2013, 02:27 PM
http://www.marathonswimmers.org/forum/discussion/368/do-marathon-swimmers-breathe-every-stroke#Item_20

The short answer is “it depends”. Its good to be able to breathe on both/either side so you can react to whatever conditions you are presented with.Ditto… I’m generally a right side breather, but depending on conditions (chop, sun, landmarks, other swimmers, etc.) I will bilateral or left side breath. I find that when I right side breath I swim straighter and I’ll go 50-100 strokes without sighting. If I bilateral or left side breath, I sight every 30-40 strokes.

cantwait4bike
February 25th, 2013, 02:05 PM
thanks Rob!!! this gives me a good target to shoot for 50 left (in my case), and 30 right. have the same issue with swimming straighter on one side vs other