I tried today - in my local swimming pool - breathing on the other side (so that I could always face away from incoming waves), but I found it no good, it was like trying to learn to swim all over again!
Next time I go swimming, I will try breathing every 2-3 strokes (instead of every stroke), and raising my head out of the water higher than normal. See how it goes.
- it sounds like I will have to practice breathing on both sides (to face away from the incoming waves), take two or three strokes between breaths, and not use back stroke as a fall back option (in case I get disqualified for it).
I am doing my first triathlon at the end of August.
I find swimming in a pool is ok. But I tried sea swimming last weekend, and found it very strange. In a pool, I swim front crawl and breath just above the water line after every stroke.
I found that when swimming in the sea, this didn't work, as I'd end up swallowing a wave all the time. So I ended up swimming front crawl with my head out of the water, or alternatively doing back stroke, both of which for me are very slow.
Anyone got any hints about how to swim in the sea?
Juicer, KoB, thanks for the advice. I'll start trying to build up running again, by running one day and then cycling (including up hills) the next - to try to strengthen my calves without impact, and if I get shin pain I'll ice them. Good luck to all with their training. This marathon business - doing enough training without overexerting and injuring one area of the body - is a real challenge.