8x25. Rest 10-30 secs between swims (or whatever you need). Swim as effortlessly as
possible (calm, gentle strokes). Count your strokes and breaths -- objective is to attain the lowest count for each. Here I take 10 strokes and zero breaths and I am not out of breath. (hint: if you know your count is 20, then plan a breath at 5, 10 & 15. Then try a breath at 6 & 12. Once you have mastered that, plan one breath at 10 if you can. NOTE: BREATH HOLDING CAN BE DANGEROUS IF DONE INCORRECTLY. Don’t push yourself to discomfort. If you only get down to 3-4 breaths that is fine.
Metacognition cues: Tall, Calm, Gentle
- Relaxation. Many swimmers are much too tense. Don’t fight the water, finesse it.
- Ease. You should have more than one ‘gear.’ Have an easy gear (use for active recovery or long distances if you are new to swimming and learning how to pace yourself).
- Body Control: It’s a skill to swim slowly and maintain balance and body control.
- Balance: Without a multitude of breaths you can experience more balanced rotation.
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