Hi all. Having just recently gotten back in the water after 17 years off,
I've found it refreshing reading this newsgroup. I was a competitive sprinter
back in high school (too long ago :-)...
A couple of comments. First, I was always a right-sided breather. Since
getting back in the water 2 months ago, I've found that breathing every 3rd
stroke has greatly affected my sloppy stroke. For a 50, I can get by
breathing every 4th, and thus my stroke doesn't degrade too much. But,
training in this thin air (1 mile above sea level) takes it's toll on me after
150 yards or pushing it. The every-3rd-stroke breathing has become more or
less my default. I do tend to take the occasional drink, exclusively on the
left, but ....
I've always considered myself pretty fit, but the past 2 months has proven
otherwise :-). The lungs are definitely NOT what they used to be, even though
I feel as strong as I did way-back-when. Lungs do come back, tho. I hope.
"I can't wait to see the day when the schools have all the money they need,
and the military has to hold a bake sale to buy a tank."