Experimenting today with how changing your breathing pattern…specifically, giving yourself more air during the course of a swim…can affect your pace, speed, and energy.
To see some different breathing patterns in action, check out triathlete Sara McLarty.
MAIN SET: 2000
3 X 300 pull. On the 1st 100, bump up your breathing pattern by 1 or 2 strokes. E.g., if you normally breathe every 3 "hand hits," you should breathe every 4 or 5 hand hits on the 1st 100. On the next 200, use a breathing pattern that gives you a little bit more air, but still not your normal breathing pattern. E.g., if you bumped up your pattern to every 5 on the first 100, try breathing every 4…or every 3/ every 5 on the second 200. If you have to slow down to hold these breathing patterns, SLOW DOWN!
4 X 25 IM order
3 X 200 pull. On the 1st 100, bump up your breathing as before. On the next 100, use a pattern that gives you a little more air but not your normal pattern. Slow down if necessary to hold these breathing patterns.
4 X 25 IM order
3 X 100 swim. On 1st 50, bump up your breathing pattern. On the second 50, breathe as much as you want. Descend time 1-3.
MODIFIED VERSION FOR "BEGINNER" LANES: 1250
3 X 200 pull, breathing every 3 on the first 50, then breathe every 2/ every 3
4 X 25 with fins, alternate 25 back/ 25 brpulse breast
3 X 100 pull, breathing every 3 on 1st 50, then every 2/ every 3
4 X 25 with fins as before
3 X 50 swim, breathing every 3 on 1st length, then breathe as much as you want. Descend time 1-3.