Although I took swimming lessons while I was a kid, I was never super strong and never mastered good free style form.
Now 50, and attempting to complete in a triathlon (sprint). As a person with a partial disability, this is a really big deal for me.
One thing I notice, is that I do not seem to get enough air on the input breath during proper free style form. My body seems to want to use far more air then what I am able to bring in. Additionally if I stick my head out of the water to breathe, I can only go a short distance while reverting to my favorite energy conserving stroke: the side stroke.
The sensation is that of a slow suffocation as I do not seem to have the ability to take a really good breath.
Any advice on overcoming that sensation? Any advice on how to become comfortable for the amount of air received?