View Full Version : [OMG] Gassing at 50% 1 week later? (Beginner Bilateral Ques)

October 16th, 2017, 07:03 PM
Hi All,

I'm not new to swimming, but just got back into it for exercise/fitness purposes. My coach recommended bilateral laps, which I have never done before. I decided to give it a try.

I found it very challenging, especially the lack of oxygen (and still do). Before the rec, I always breathed out my left side on every pull. As challenging as bilateral was, I stick with it, and found it to grow on me very quickly. He prescribed "25 25's", which is to say, 25 laps of the 25 meter pool. It was hard to do, but was able to do it on three separate occasions with my girlfriend. We are both over 350 lbs each.

Well, those 3 days of nice process ended there, unfortunately. On the 4th day and today, which is the following week, I was unable to do more than 10 laps! I nearly blacked out towards the end.

Now, granted, my form has dramatically improved. I can swim bilaterally without any break in form (the best way I know how anyway) and will go as fast as I can possibly go. I'm wondering (and hoping) this is what's the cause for the dramatic decrease in performance and not an infection or something weird.

Any ideas?

Thanks so much!

October 18th, 2017, 08:36 AM
Most times you start out good, then it gets worse and then it will get better. Just normal process. Keep at it.

October 18th, 2017, 09:19 AM
Great job! If you did this four days in a row, I can see where you'd get gassed. Give yourself a day off, maybe walk instead of swim, then hop back in. Your body will tell you when it's time for a day off. Stick with it. It'll get easier. Maybe each week add one more 25 to your total. :)

October 23rd, 2017, 10:28 AM
If you are getting really gassed you can consider using an alternating 2-3 breathing pattern. Twice to the same side, then three strokes and breathe twice on the other side. Good luck!

October 23rd, 2017, 11:22 AM
Keep at it! Good for both of you to challenge yourselves to learn new things.
Yes, to the bi but maybe when you are "gassed" do a few extra breaths on the easy side to recover.