Stoked! I cracked the four minute mark this week.
Most of my improvement has come from better oxygen conservation. I have been focusing on relaxing to minimize the oxygen I use per minute – thus letting me last longer on one breath. To do this I’ve been working on lowering my resting heart rate and slowing everything down. I think relaxing my brain is the hardest part, so I’ve been counting in my head really slow. I think that helps pace my body a bit as well.
I haven’t been able to push any further on the discomfort scale – once my vision starts to go blurry I stop. I think that is probably safer for training, but I’d like to try blacking out a few times so I’m familiar with it in case I ever get to that point under water.
Finally, this week I heard of a new sport that a few big wave surfers play in order to train their lungs, underwater hockey. I can’t believe I haven’t heard of this before. I have most of the equipment I would need to play, so I’m going to try and find a pick up game. Apparently the sport is small enough that teams are stoked to have someone new that wants to play come and join them.
Shoulder: Done with PT, continuing strength training, three times a week to strengthen shoulder
Breath Holding: 4:06
Days to Go: 227
Times surfed on Hail Mary: 1
Resting Heart Rate: 58