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Bizzy Blue hole – schedule

Egypt_Dahab__Blue_Hole_1074.jpgCounting down the days has stopped, packing the freedive gear is done. I think it’s time to travel to Egypt now… 😉 As you might have read in my previous posts I’ll be taking part in the Freediving Competition: Bizzy Blue Hole (Dahab, Egypt). A depth competition featuring 3 of my favorite disciplines when it comes to depth; Constant Weight , Constant Weight Without Fins and Free Immersion. In the preceding weeks I’ve been preparing for this competition and also finally made my very own lanyard.

The global plan for me for this event are as follows:

12th of April
Departure @ Schiphol Amsterdam The Netherlands & Arrival @ Sharm el Sheikh & transfer to Dahab Egypt

13th of April
Training day in preparation of the competition.

14th of April
Training day in preparation of the competition.
There are also events planned on this day:

  • Magic 3 – Hold your breath – stop at what you think is 3 min.
  • Team static breath hold – Relay teams of three against other teams.

15th,16th and 18th of April
Aida Freedive competitions – disciplines: FIM/CWT/CNF. Furthermore on the 18th they might plan another Unassisted series of attempts.

17th of April
Resting day or training day

19th of April
This will be our last day at the Blue Hole , depending on the sistuation I might participate with the relay freedive that has been organised.

19th – 26th of April
Shark-Bait Xplores Sharm El Sheikh Egypt

Reef Oasis

27th of April
Arrival in Amsterdam The Netherlands

I hope to have some kind of an internet connection so I can write a few updates on how things are going. If not, you’ll just have to wait for me to get home, or Jorg might write a few lines here to keep you posted.

Back into training, in preparation for Bizzy Bluehole competition

The Tongelreep was opened for the public again, after the European championships were held here in the past 3 weeks. The urge for water was very high, so planning a training in the water again felt really good.

STA_bailed.jpgMonday night, we started of with a brief static session. My goal was set by Jorg at a 3 minute preparation static and a 4 minute (or more… 🙂 ) static. As it’s been a while since Geneva’s non-impressive static, we set out on a training curve were my goals wouldn’t have any pressure on my mind. The preparation static was no problem, although contractions may have started a bit early, I had no heavy contractions.

Same goes for my second static, with the goal at 4 minutes, Jorg tapped me at the intervals: 1 minute, 2 minutes, 3 minutes, 4 minutes and after that every 15 seconds. Contractions started early, as I recall around 2 minutes, but they never intensified to the level of contractions I used to have. This made it possible for me to do a 5 minute 15 seconds static, with no heavy contractions in the end. I think that having low intensity contractions may have startled me and thus making the decision to surface. At first I never believed Jorg when he told me it was a 5:15 static…as it felt like a 3 minute static. So in the end when reviewing we came to the conclusion I was using only swimming goggles and no nose-clip, so we’re continuing down that path for the future static sessions.

The second part of my training consisted of technique training for the monofin, but first I coached Jorg during his freediving specific crawl exercises. Jorg started enjoying this exercise a few weeks back and he does this every training before I get into the water. It’s good to see him putting in all the effort in such a training.

The monofin technique training showed the progress I was going through since the past weeks. I started of by making the monofin amplitude too wide, looking back at the footage from the underwater-camera helps me to see my mistakes. We did a couple more lanes and tried to tweak it down more and more… The end-result was actually satisfying to see, never thought my lower-back would become flexible at all.