I'm very new to swimming and I still haven't figured out rotary breathing when I do the crawl. My swimming technique is fine and if I didn't have to breathe then I'd be all set. I'm sure that I'll eventually get the breathing part down for the crawl, but in the meantime I'm thinking of concentrating on the breast stroke. It seems to be a lot easier for me. My question is, do people use the breast stroke as their primary swimming stroke in a tri? Supposedly crawl is the fastest, but if I got really good at the breast stroke then could I be competitve with the crawl people? I haven't tried going too far with the breast stroke just yet so maybe it's more tiring in the end? My plan is to stick with sprint tri's (no more than 1/2 mile swim).