They normally go 3 then breath, but right now you should be breathing everytime you stroke to your natural breathing side. You should be getting plenty O2 while you are working on your stroke so you don't tire out so quick. You can work on 3 stroke breathing and double side breathing when you progress. Form is the key to swimming!
Every time, meaning every time I throw an arm right? So right, left, breathe, right, left, breathe. Right?
Are you talking free style? It depends on how tired you are, and how fast you're trying to go. I mainly breathe on my left, but whenever i'm out of air I go for it. Get in a rhythm that you can maintain comfortably so that you can think about breathing less, and your stroke more.
Yep freestyle. First lap I'm not tired, second I am because I am sorta not breathing right and sorta holding my breath a bit after I start sucking down water. I am actually trying to slow down so I can learn breathing first, but when I go slower I sink like a rock. That is exactly what I am trying to do is just get a rhythm so I can work on stuff slowly, but this breathing is jacking me up.
Do you really not know how to swim, like, at all? Do you have a friend that swims that could come show you how to do the strokes properly, or can you get an instructor or in a class? Swimming is not hard when you know the proper way to execute the strokes. I gave Marcus about 10 minutes of coaching and he improved immensely. There are just a couple tips to know that make it so much easier not to swallow a ton of water or drown.
I can swim like a kid does, but not a swimmer. I actually look good the first lap, and then it all goes to hell on the second. That is basically what I'm looking for right now, is a few tips on what to do and what not to do.
I've been offering to teach him for a year. He prefers asking questions and geting internet beat downs.
Internet beat downs.
I am now starting to get ready to become a swimmer, and BTW I am going to do a sprint tri this year no matter what. I'll sidestroke this bitch if I have to.
<~~~cant help but to bastardize...but dude what is up with all the gay ass mid-life crisis threads? lol
No crisis, but once you accept your age and don't mind looking it, then the terrorists have won. I'm still in the fight.
Don't try and do full out swimming right off the bat. Split it up and focus on your kicks while using a kickboard and then the next day focus on your arms and put a float in between your legs. Once you are comfortable with those seperately then work on doing the full stroke. When doing the freestyle keep your arms close to your body and try to be as smooth as possible. It's going to be much harder until you learn the proper technique.
Normally I breathe every 3 strokes but when I was competing I would go 5-7, depending on the distance.
Gotcha. What's up with the kick? I can kick like a mofo, but is there technique to that? I can see the arm stroke though. I gotta work on that for sure.
float i can see but swim???
Well then I won't bother offering either.
Don't listen to him, he is still dizzy from balling it up last MTB ride.
breathing is always debatable at all levels...
some guys breath every stroke, every 3, or whatever. Alternate breathing keeps you in a nice rhythm if you can be smooth with it. If you struggle to breath on one side I wouldn't focus on it that much.
Don't worry in the triathlon you can wear the "special neon" caps they give bad swimmers. That lets the lifeguards know you might drown :P
Oh great, that'll make for a nice picture.
Ken, I can teach you. I swam for the Argentinian national swim team in the last 80's.
Sweet! You might be too expensive though.