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I’ve had 2 lessons of free-diving (2 more to go) from a former competitive free-diver who is now based in Singapore. I’m hoping it’ll help with my breathing, or rather, breath-holding, during sprints. It’s been an interesting experience so far, including learning (or rather, being reminded) that the urge to breathe is due to a build-up of carbon dioxide and not so much (sometimes anyway) the lack of oxygen. And how does this help me? Because I now have a clearer picture of what’s happening with my body, it gives me the ability and confidence to do what I need to do, and to push myself harder, for that extra edge during sprints. And once again, I am struck by how one of the take-home messages always goes back to pushing my limits — you never know what you can do until you try. Obviously, it’s a lesson I’m still learning.

In preparation for renewing my lifesaving certification to qualify for the NCAP, I’ve also done my time trials for the timed tows, and all within less than an hour: Bronze Medallion 2:30 (0:37, 1:53) (non-contact with flotation device); Award of Merit 4:30 (1:35, 2:55) (non-contact with clothes); Distinction Award 5:48 (1:36, 4:12) (contact). I completed the items within the time limits; but I was more pleased about the times I did for the 50 m and 100 m sprints at only about 85% effort, and how I still had enough steam left for the tows. My breathing is much improved for the freestyle and my general endurance (with the consecutive BM, AM and DA sets) is better.

2 more months to go before the swim meet :-)


Written by The Intimate Stranger

February 22nd, 2014 at 11:23 pm

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