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Why Does It Happen ??

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Jun 3, 2003
Hi! I have try some static at home and , well first try today actually. Anyway when i relax and sit still i did about 2.15 then a burning feeling in chest push me to breath i just cant go any further. Whe raise up and moving around after about 2min( walking for e,g) i do about 3.10 WHY DOES IT HAPPEN ?!.

Teoretically i should be able to do more when still then moving around.:confused:
If Eric Fattah catches wind of this post, he'll be able to break it down physiologically for you, but put simply, your body adapted to the higher levels of CO2 in your system.

That is why you should do a series of build up breath holds (Usually 2-3) before attempting your final one.

I am sure Eric will be able to elaborate in more detail on this if he chooses...
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This is a tricky one. Surely if you were going to the point of blackout, sitting would give the biggest time. But, since your times are not near blackout, and you are being limited by the urge to breathe, then what might be happening is that once you stand up and walk, 'fresh' blood in the legs displaces 'stale' blood in the core, and the fresh blood from the legs is more alkaline than the stale blood in the core, resulting in a decrease in the breathing reflex.

Eric Fattah
BC, Canada
I think the walking around serves as a distraction from the discomfort, so you can resist it longer.

Once you become better at delaying/tolerating the discomfort, walking around will probably shorten your times.
Aha! I did not thinking of fresh blood start cirkulating whn moving around. Thanx for the replys. I am a totally newbe.
a few practice holds

I am VERY new to freediving, and I had this experience my first "timed" holding practice.

First try 1:16
second try 1:30
3 - 2:32
4 - 2:41
5 - 3:01
6 - 3:20

I really do not know what I am doing, to be honest. I just relax as best I can and do what I believe to be several "packings" and breathe deeply about 5 times in succession before going under.

I found it very interesting that I could go that long on try 6. I have an oakley d5 watch that I use for recording running rates. It stores up to 100 laps and was very handy in the pool.

My 6th attempt is always the biggest as well, its a pain though cos it takes about an hour for me to get up to that then Im pretty bored by the end so I dont relax as much as I could on a first attempt :cool:


it usually takes 4-5 attempts to manage a good one and usually times will dwindle again from the 7th trial. As for "i don`t know what i`m doing", you are surely on the right way. Do whatever feels comfortable for you and makes you relaxed...:cool:

Ta ta, joe
Thanks for the replies.

Can I ask about the issue of blacking out? I don't feel comfortable practicing on my own unsupervised. One can drown in a few inches of water (like Pharoah and his army for instance). When is the threat of B/O the most dangerous? I have never allowed myself to get too "fuzzy" feeling when I hyperventilate, but seems like one could blackout at the beginning of a breath as well as just before you max out.

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