I never thought I could really hold my breath long enough to go freediving.
Honestly I would struggle to hold it for 45 seconds. One minute was a distant goal to try and reach. The times where I was snorkeling I would see something below and not believe I could get down there to see it.
A few months ago I came across Ian Donald's article "How to hold your breath for 5 minutes in 1 month". It seemed impossible but I decided to try it. I read through the entire article and followed each of the links. I started with a baseline breath hold and somehow managed to make it to 1 minute!! It was quite the struggle to get there but there was no way I was going to breathe before then!
3 - The rule of thirds
The article referenced the "rule of thirds" in relation to how long someone could potentially hold their breath. This really helped me. Once I began to visualize my potential breath hold time this way I could combat the urge to breath depending on where I believed I was on this line. I could start to work through the "urge to breath" and push all the way to the first contraction. I had never done that before.
Well, It has barely been two months of part-time training and my current Personal Best is 2min and 16sec. I feel like I have plenty of room left to go and am excited about pushing it farther. I am looking forward to putting my new breath hold times into action once we start our adventure in a few months.
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btw - To read Ian Donald's original article go to www.Freediveuk.com or just click on the original reference in this post.
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