- Dec 21, 2015
I'm looking for some advice from those with experience, preferably those in the USAF side who perform the leading arm trailing arm technique while finning. I've browsed through multiple threads covering finning in general, from MARSOC to SF, but have never seen anything covering breathing patterns.
First off, I want to say that I am beyond an average swimmer when it comes to freestyle. I have a very consistent breathing pattern (every third stroke/alternating sides) that I'm quite comfortable with. However, I can't seem to break in a constistant breathing pattern while finning. Today, in fact, I performed 1000 meters and didn't keep a rythem the entire time (breathing every 3-5 seconds), which I think is because I try harder on some laps vs others as I begin to get smoked. I'm always reminding myself to get relaxed, then recoup and speed up again.
That's where I'm failing, I believe. I know if I can control my breathing/heartbeat, I'll be able to maintain a consistent stride across the pool for larger amounts of time.
So what are you guys doing to compensate? Are you counting your kicks? Counting seconds or intervals of some sort? Any advice would be appreciated!
Some key factors you may want to know;
I am using Rocket fins, and dive mask. 25 meter pool. Retraining for CCT.
If finning just is the way it is, just tell me and I'll suck it up.
Thanks in advance, guys!