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12/29/14 9:53 A

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Thanks for all the tips!

I spent an hour or so over the last few days watching youtube clips and it did help. I haven't got the breathing down on the freestyle stroke 100%, but I'm doing much better. The first time after I posted here, I still couldn't just quite get it. This morning though, it was like something clicked in my brain and it made sense and I wasn't fighting myself anymore. So I still need to work on it, but I'm getting better.

I also gave the swim cap another try. I believe it's silicone. Anyway, once I was in the water I didn't notice the tightness as much. Also not having those little whispy hairs stuck to my goggles is a vast improvement.

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12/24/14 4:54 P

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I wear a fabric cap since I'm allergic to latex and I find the silicone caps too tight. It is super comfortable. I get my hair good and wet before getting in the pool like Laurie described. Works great for me. I prefer to wear a swim cap because it keeps my hair out of my face.

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12/24/14 10:45 A

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I wear silicone caps, usually Speedo brand. They don't pull my hair and they go on and off fairly easily. They are tight at first, but you get used to them. You can soak your hair before you get in the water, or before you put your cap on. The theory is that if you hair is already saturated with clear water, it can't absorb any more water with chlorine in it. You can also buy a clarifying shampoo that is made to combat pool chemicals, but they tend to be very drying, so buy a good conditioner also.

My easiest trick for remembering not to stretch up my neck is to just look at the floor. If I'm looking at the floor, I can't look anywhere else. When I turn my head to breathe, I make sure I'm looking back over my shoulder instead of forward. It's just a habit you have to develop. Carol's instructions for rotating your body will help also for not over-turning your neck when you breathe.

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12/24/14 10:24 A

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Welcome! I don't wear a cap, but when I have to, I just get used to it. There are caps made of different materials, you might try different brands and different materials.

What stroke are you doing that you are stretching your neck up high? With the breast stroke and fly you want to come out only high enough to breathe and let your momentum take you back down. With freestyle, an easy rule to practice with is swim slowly, rotating your body until your top eye, nose and mouth rotate out. Check to see with your bottom eye that it's still underwater. With your pull, you'll create a trough for your mouth to be clear of the water. Look at some utube videos, they are super helpful.

Come back and tell us how things go! All the best.

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12/24/14 9:32 A

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I bought a swim cap because I was worried about chlorine damaging my hair. I got it on fairly easily on the first try, but found it very uncomfortable. Does any one else have that problem? Did you just get used to it, or just not wear one?

I find myself stretching my neck up high, like I'm trying to hold my head above water. I know it's not necessary (and probably really bad for my neck) and it's not like I'm worried about getting water in my eyes or ears. Any tips to break the habit?

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