Following up on the breathing rate podcast, I found the info related to oxygen update vs intake very interesting, particularly when it comes to swimming. I was a competitive sprint swimmer for 6 years where my coaches hounded bilateral breathing (every 3 strokes). Then I got into triathlon and read an article where it said you should breathe every 2 strokes to get more oxygen in. The theory was not only would this help your swim be faster, particular in 1/2IM and IM distances, but your muscles would be in a better state to start the bike. This felt to fast to me, but I adapted cause why would an internet article be wrong? Now after hearing a more scientific approach, I feel like this would indicate it doesn’t matter if I breathe every 2 strokes or 3, I should just do what’s natural.
Thoughts from the group? Does anyone very their breathing rate depending on the distance?