Monofin training distance

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Since last weeks training the distance of 87,5 meters is the set distance to go by for the coming 2 weeks after the holiday. Yestrday night and last tuesday I did them without any real problems and my mindset was prepared for a distance like that. I like to keep it that way and start freediving with a comfortable distance and build from there. If I up the distance to a new one it’ll be somewhere around 90-95 meters the next distance after that must be 105-110 meters, as I don’t want to end a run at the wall. Mentally a bad thing to have and I’ll keep in mind the words “a wall is there to make a turn” which I believe are the words from Danny Matherus.

Getting comfortable with the new monofin is the best thing that is happening at the moment. The technique is developing itself every time I try a new run and will only become more effective as I make more meters. The one thing that is making it uncomfortable at the moment is the neckweight. Because of the natural body reflex of making a contraction to get some air in, it also initiates the muscles in my neck to tense and by doing so the neckweight’s fit becomes unpleasant. Even if I would loosen the neckweight’s fit, it will still ‘choke’ me because my arms are pushing against them. So I have to start focussing on perfecting the design for my own weight system again and start training with that.

Overall I’m very pleased with the new monofin and training strategy, besides that it’s great to teach some diver students (who join us on Thursdays) the basics and fundamentals of freediving.

6 thoughts on “Monofin training distance”

  1. Hey Eric,

    That thing looks like the BFB3 which I also tested from Daan, the problem I have with this setup is the rocking motion against my chin when I generate force with either my legs or my arms. The weight I need is about 4 kg’s, but thanks for the suggestion.

    Hopefully soon I’ll be able to test my new design again and I’ll surely write something about here to describe the pro’s and con’s.

  2. I don’t want to be an ass (not in public at least 😉 ) but I heard Danny say the same thing until he realized he was actually lifting his head a little to much. Now that he relaxes his neck more his chin rests on the neck weight (especially after turns in DNF) and he finds it very comfortable.

  3. @Eric

    You’re not an ass by saying that, because I also tried to do that with the neckweight of Daan, but I think my head position is OK and I just have a gap which causes the rocking motion. Another point I don’t want the weight at that position is that it’s just too far away from the center of buoyancy. If I were able to solve the rocking motion (which can be done ofcourse) on the BFB-design I’d still be facing the displacement issue.

  4. I see your point but 4kg (or more) is hard to place on your body without affecting your streamlining. The advantage of having most of it under your chin might be that it basically fills a large gap so you get less turbulence from that area. Or rather – was does it matter where you put the weight as long as it keeps you horizontal and doesn’t need to be moved up and down (like when putting it on ankles, etc)?

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