It is mostly focusing on breath control. It is essential to exhale thru the nose while flipping so the water doesn't go in! Start to notice on your regular breathing pattern while swimming - do you exhale thru your mouth or nose or both? Then, as you approach the wall to turn, simply focus your attention to your breathing, and make sure that the exhalation you do on the flipturn is only thru your nose. It sounds simple, but it may be just the trick - hope this helps!
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RE: Favorite Places to Swim
I am very lucky to live one block from my favorite place to swim....the Caribbean Sea in Cozumel, Mexico. My next favorite place would be a short ferry trip to the mainland to swim in the Cenotes of the Yucatan Peninsula...simply amazing!!!
RE: Paddle board Fun!
Joseph P said:
Randy C said:
Yes, but get some advice/guidance on which board is going to work best for the exercises you'll be doing. e.g. you'll want a thicker board/wider board if you're looking to take part in yoga activities.
I would suggest starting in the inflatables.
Randy is correct. A wider/thicker board would give you more stability and flotation in the water which would make Aqua Yoga easier.
Agreed! The appropriate board will make all the difference. We offer sessions here in Cozumel, Mexico...keep your eye out, Aqua Yoga classes on SUP are becoming more and more popular these days!!!
RE: Suggestions for Products to carry on SwimOutlet.com
I would love to see the AquaSphere Sphera mask available on this site. Black & transparent colors.
Also, any gear specific to freediving - i.e. monofins, low-volume masks, long blade fins...
Totally agree w response about more UPF stuff - e.g. long sleeve shirts and swim leggings.
RE: Suit drying machines?
I grew up w the rule of thumb that you hand-wash your suits and don't put it in the washer - because it wears out the suit faster. The suit-dryers use the same centrifugal force as a washing machine only on a smaller scale. In the end, it really depends on the material of your suit. In general, polyester suits last longer than lycra. Putting your swimsuit in the dryer can compensate the integrity of the fabric as it extracts the moisture - kind of like extensively wringing it out; some suit-dryers also have the additional element of heat which can also contribute to quicker fabric degradation.
Beside for gentle fabric-care, hygiene also comes into play! :)
At any rate, my favorite solution is a small wet-bag to throw your suit in until you can hang it up to air dry. If it will be awhile until you're back home, keep a hanger in the car, and hang it from the handle above the door (we call it the "Oh Shit" bar LoL!) or from the rearview mirror or headrest if necessary...?
A Ziploc bag can work, my preferred wet/dry bag I find here in Cozumel at the Ron Jon Surf Shop. I also just purchased a new Speedo Teamster Backpack on swimoutlet.com that includes a "dirt bag" with super functional clips to keep the wet and dry things separate!
RE: foot fins
We offer snorkeling tours, and have found the Speedo Trialon rubber fins seem to be the most universal-fitting fit for a variety of feet shapes and sizes. Of course, the more styles you can try on and use for a session the better...remember that how it fits on dry land is quite different than how it may feel in water during use.
If trying to find the appropriate fit is not happening, maybe try one size up, then using lycra or even neoprene fin socks to fill in the extra room...?
RE: Fall and winter swimming
I totally hear you...to me, the ideal swim begins and ends with sunshine overhead! The ONLY thing that got me into the indoor pool was bringing my music with me. I created playlists to coincide w the workout I planned. For example, continuous or distance swimming would call for easy listening music...Eagles, CSN, or maybe classical or instrumental. Then, for more intense, Go Get It workouts I would make a pumpin' playlist ~ one that makes me want to swim fast, work hard, get my heart goin', nurture the warrior vibe, ya know? :)
Sometimes, on those no-brain days, I would just put it on shuffle and adjust my swim - style, speed, pace - according to the song that came up...a great way to do it for those days when I don't want to think too much about it...just put me on auto-pilot, and see what happens. I found doing one of those every once in awhile helps prevent boredom from repetition as well.
There are so many options for waterproof mp3 players now, so look into one that makes sense for you...I have always been happy w the h2o audio line of products, available on swimoutlet.com !
I recently bought a Contigo water bottle with a straw, and it does wonders at keeping me hydrated! I seem to slowly sip on it because I'm simply bored, and I will easily finish a liter of water in 10 minutes. Great way to stay hydrated without even trying.
My sister and I LOVE the Contigo water bottles!!!
RE: Breathing at the Walls
I agree, it's all about breath control. A great tool to help you build lung capacity and co2 tolerance is a swimmers snorkel. I have used and like the Finis Swimmer Snorkel, also purchased the cardio cap which further helps the cause.
However, I have just discovered TYRs version of a swimmers snorkel, the Ultralite, on swimoutlet.com, and really like the fact that they have two different air restrictor caps - 60% and 30% - to accessorize! Perfect way to gauge your progress!
Essentially, what gives you the urge to breathe is increased levels of co2, once you build up your co2 tolerance, you will feel much more comfortable holding your breath for that long; going in, and coming out of, turns.
If you're interested, taking a freediving course is a great way to learn some breathing techniques, more about the respiratory system, and how breath control can help you feel more comfortable, and ensure you work more efficiently, in any aquatic sport you are participating! Good Luck!!!