Practice Plan for Rhythmic Breathing

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    Practice Set for Rhythmic Breathing

    Skills To Build

    • To maintain the optimal Arm Switch Timing
    • To turn and return the head without disrupting that ideal stroke pattern
    • To feel as little disruption to balance and streamline as possible
    • To make breathing feel the same on either side

    Breathing easily depends greatly on the strength of your stroke skills which support it. You want to feel your body long, straight, and firm in Skate as you turn and return the head from breathing. The turning of the head should not disrupt the position of the body, nor force the movement of the recovery arm. Use the thrust of the catch and aim your body in Skate to slide the upper body near the surface so the head is right there at the air already.

    Focal Points

    • Lead arm keeps extending while head turns/returns
    • Lead arm stays on track while head turns/returns
    • Head stays weightless (neutral) on non-breathing strokes
    • Head is stays straight with spine (on ‘shishkabob’) as it turns
    • Turn toward air as soon as possible, just at the start of the catch/entry
    • Turn toward air a bit more aggressively than the torso turns
    • Just touch the air long enough for a quick breath, then return right away
    • Take just a quick sip of air
    • Stretch the chin and lips toward air like a ‘hooked fish’
    • Small bubbles from the nose
    • Clear the airways just before breaking the surface
    • Make just a partial air exchange (don’t hold breath, don’t exhale massively)

    Choose 3 or 4 of the focal points above to work on today.

    Then, for each focal point, work through these activities, as far as you can go successfully. Take one focal point and work through the list. Then take the next focal point and work through the list again, and so on.

    Practice Set

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