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Do you breathe every stroke on a marathon swim?
I think you mean every stroke cycle, yes?
it is good to be comfortable breathing to both sides especially considering the circumstances.
Bilateral breathing should be distinguished from breathing every three strokes.
Surely the pattern makes no difference? I was always under the impression that as long as you have enough oxygen the rest doesn't matter. I am able to breathe on both sides and choose to breath on one side for 1k then switch to the other side.
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Surely the pattern makes no difference? I was always under the impression that as long as you have enough oxygen the rest doesn't matter.
I have a fairly slow stroke rate (50/minute), for those occasions that I switch to one sided breathing I tend to go with one breath every 4 strokes.
So that would be one breath every 4.8 seconds, or 12.5 breaths per minute. It is amazing to me that you get enough oxygen with that.
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So.... my question(s) is(are):
Being able to breathe on both sides is very useful in open water swimming. However, depending on your stroke rate, breathing every three strokes may not provide enough oxygen. I'm about 60-64 SPM at distances of 10km+, and I don't get enough air with every-3 (i.e., one breath every ~3 seconds).
What is your stroke rate/breathing pattern?
Does changing your SR change your BP?
How? If it changes during a long swim, is this strategic or organic?
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I used three stroke bilateral breathing to help hold me back and pace a bit better on a 15k this year. It worked too well as I felt somewhat fresher than expected at the finish.