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Urge to breath final meters DYN No Fins

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Dec 28, 2004

When i,m doing DYN without Fins I feel the necessity to breath very quickly in the last meters. Let me explain me more, I can do 35 mts very comfortable, I feel as if i can do a lot of additional meters but when I get 40 mts it´s impossible to follow to swimn. The urge to breath appear very strong in a very short period of time. That doesn't happen me with fins, with fins the "urge to breath" appear slowly and can be controlled.

I´m a good swimmer and i´ve been training along my life, so look me that isn´t a style and technique problem.

I would like to know if someone feel the same sensation.

Regards, Luis
I'm a beginner and I also find it hard in the last few metres, but I really just take it as a good way to measure my capacity. The other day, for example, after doing 40m (my usual, casual effort - my PB is 50m) I realized that I had no impulse to stop, so I turned around and did another 20m. The next day, when I went to the pool, it was back to normal, however.

I can't compare with fins, though, as I never use my fins in the pool, only when I'm out with the snorkel looking at fish etc.

I'm sure someone with more experience will comment soon enough.

I haven't spent much time on DNF lately as i've been concentrating on my monofin I got a couple of months ago. However I gave DNF a go on Tuesday night (setting a new PB I might add :) ) and did notice some differences in the way I feel during a DNF compared to using fins.

When I use fins things feel like they're happening quickly, i'm kicking quite often and I don't really notice the onset of contractions until they are quite significant.
With no fins, things feel a lot slower, you have periods in the glide where your body is still and quiet, and as such I tend to notice things a lot more. My previous PB was 64m and since then i've never broke 50m again because the urge to breath feels too significant. On Tuesday night I got to 50m and felt this way again, but turned and kept going and simply pushed through it. It was a decision in my head not to panic, it was just that I could "hear" my body more clearly, whereas with fins the noise and distraction lets me push through this initial period.

And by 83m my body told me to stop, so I complied :D

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