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To blog or not to blog

The past time has been quite busy and my blogging dropped to lower level, where you miss out on any news I might have. I have been training the past weeks, but not blogging about it as my spare time is consumed by either studying (work related) or relaxing from long days.

So far I’ve dropped a few things I really love to do besides freediving itself; i.e. creating movie clips. I still have a few clips I want to produce, so over the time I will try and find some spare time to get some video stuff out there again.

The status on the current mental project has come to a point where I really get into my beliefs and motivation to why I’m freediving. Which is a important point in the progress of finding out how my mind works.

Last Monday I’ve done a small test with the monofin to see what speeds and time I could do a 50m lane. The first lane was about 25 seconds meaning a 2m/s speed. And on the return lane after a 2 minutes rest break I even improved the time to ~24 seconds. I thought I’d not be able to improve as a fast finning lane is quite tiring, but it was good to see I could. Static on Monday wasn’t all that relaxed, but still a 5 minute 12 seconds was enough for training.

Yesterday Guy and I went out to the Tongelreep for some technique training for DNF, which was a good insight in how to visualize the technique.

Monofin training a little jammed

Last nights training started with a static session again. We had continued with the normal swimming goggles approach. But as I had dinner a little close to the training I could stretch the time only to 4:45. Jorg and I set a goal for next Thursday to do a 5 minute 16 seconds static. Just to reach a (sub-)goal again in training for static.

After that we went into the pool for a maximal attempt with my monofin technique as it is now…But that turned out to be slightly different as we both expected. Normally for a dynamic attempt I do no warm-up stuff and just jump in, breathe a few times and then dynamic for a while. So this was our approach for this attempt as well, but as I pushed myself from the wall it immediately felt like a slow and malfunctioning motion. It cost me so much effort, I surfaced and was kind of confused…

So we went back to starting with a few warm-up laps and tried again. It still wasn’t optimal and didn’t feel anything like an easy and subtle lower-back motion. After evaluating with Jorg I had to conclude my squats from the fitness training could be the ones that were jamming my motion in this training. Never the less, there’s always a new day of training, so Thursday we’re out there again.

How to improve monofin technique…

Tongelreep_09_02_2006_JJ_07_01.jpgTwo weeks ago I started training for monofin again. I bought a great monofin from Leader fins last year, but did not get the time to actually practice with it. Now Jorg and I put it up in the schedule and I’m gonna train and practice for the monofin for a while.

I have to say that I can already see a difference since last year test-runs with the monofin and the runs I do now. I’m not ready to actually monofin my way through the water, but I’m getting used to the foot-pockets and the different way my legs are bound. I do about 4-6 times 50m with it and then get back to the proper exercises to get the monofin motion going.

Tongelreep_09_02_2006_JJ_10_cropped_resized.jpgSpecial monofin exercises and filming them are very great tools to achieving a proper technique. My technique was very bad and still isn’t a Peter Pederson-style by a long shot. But I’m making progress with my lower-back not being that stiff anymore. The exercise that got that fixed, is a standard item on the exercise list now. As my lower-back flexibility has to improve much more…but looking back at some of the earlier video’s and present time video’s it shows a little improvement. So as long as there is improvement I still have hope that I can go from very bad technique to reasonable technique.

We’ll see what the coming weeks will hold in store, but one things for sure I’m going for it. I’d like to see what a few weeks of technique training can do.