(This may be on the FAQ, but our site doesn't store enough
articles for me to get back to it. Is there an ftp site?)
After a year of swimming exclusively ***stroke, and finally
becoming close to adequate at that, I decided it was time to learn
front crawl (I guess I'm somewhat of an anomaly in that I never
learned it as kid.) Anyways, I've been reading some articles by Chip
Zempel and skimming through Counsilman's book--both have been a great
help for general technique, but they don't explain what to do about
having to burp every couple of lengths!
Maybe this sounds silly, but it's really aggravating--I get
this gradual buildup of air in my stomach that, while not painful,
makes it harder and harder to keep swimming until it gets to the point
that I have to hang on the side of the pool and let the air bubble out
in a sort of noiseless burp. No coughing and ***, but a pain
I presume that the problem is to do with my breathing
technique (duh) but haven't been able to isolate it. I may be
breathing a little on the late side--could this cause it? I've
switched from breathing every two strokes (left arm + right arm = 2)
to every three or four, which helps, but maybe just because fewer
breaths means less opportunity to accumulate excess air. Am I
breathing improperly? Sucking air in too hard? I don't think I
swallow at all while swimming (not intentionally, anyway :-).
Any hints or tips would be very much appreciated--it's
aggravating having to stop after 50m when I know that aerobically and
strength-wise I should be ablt to go much further (at least 75 :-).
(And any other little secrets you'd like to share with a
novice swimmer would also be gratefully accepted.)
P.S. Does anyone know that the world record times for 50m and 800m
are? I don't care what stroke, just the fastest that has been swum. A
personal goal is to be able to swim in twice the world record
time--I've done a couple of short-distance triathlons, and no one in
the world can run or bike twice as fast as me (I'm not real fast at
either, but someone would have to be really booting to run a 21 minute
10k!), but I can't say the same about swimming.
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