Breathing, Fitness, Oxygen, etc...

Breathing, Fitness, Oxygen, etc...

Post by John Sal » Tue, 07 Jul 1992 23:42:07


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.

Cheers,


--

"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."

 
 
 

Breathing, Fitness, Oxygen, etc...

Post by Lee Casu » Fri, 10 Jul 1992 05:57:44

Quote:
> 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

We won't hold that against you :-)

Quote:
> 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.

How long have you lived in Denver?  I moved here 4 years ago from
(oxygen rich; sea level) San Jose.  Currently, I'm training *VERY* hard for
an age group meet in Boulder (don't ask why master's is not good enough
for me -- I think I'm just brain dead).  At sea level I used to 3 or 5
count breath all the time.  I found that even in good shape, the
oxygen debt is still too much to 3 count all the time.  By the way,
I've been swimming the entire time I've been here so it's not just
getting back in the water for the first time that's doing me in.  I've
talked to other swimmers around here and getting used to no oxygen
seems to be a personal thing.  Some swimmers never get used to it.  I
believe I'm one of those.  Well I guess that's all the encouragement
you'll get from me :-).

l\

Quote:
> Cheers,


> --

> "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."
> ----------