when your face is in the water you should let the air out and always have bubbles coming out of your nose/mouth. That way you get all the used up air out and are ready to relax and breath in when your head emerges for the breathing part of the stroke cycle.
Make sure you don't breathe out in the water completely and thus run out of air too early. Leave some air in the lungs for breathing out (through the nose) while turning your face out of the water.
Also, if the sinus cavities get "soggy" with continual "water up the nose", then over a long period, that can lead to later problems with sinusitis (wretched headaches, pain above the eyes), and possibly in some cases to dental problems with the roots of the upper row of teeth, the side ones may be more prone to get abscesses from infections in the sinus cavities behind the cheekbones. I think there are some problems that can also arise from the action of frequent vigorous snorting (increased likelihood of nosebleeds).
What a cheery soul I am - quick go out and get a nose clip - and perhaps earplugs - if you get "swimmers ear" you wont wan't a repeat occurrence - quite painful!!! Of course, many swimmers manage quite well without these extra items in their kit bag - it's all a matter of personal preference!
Harrybeardie wrote:God Don, I am glad I wear a nose clip if rotten teeth, sinus infections are on the cards, I wonder whether a soggy brain occurs too! That's my problem then Harry
I also wonder about that in my case - the grey matter does seem to be a bit slower for a while after a swim!
Bye / Don
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