WORLD RECORD – 300 meters dynamic (DYN) with monofin MATt MALINA
STILL Vivid memories!
Time had passed quickly since Turku, my greatest Freediving year is coming to an end and I can’t wait for challenges awaiting for me in 2017. I still remember very well, the day of dynamic (DYN) finals, day that finished the Pool World Championships in Freediving and history was made.
Year earlier, after winning gold at World Championships in dynamic without fins (DNF), I couldn’t keep up my concentration. Next performances in static (STA) and dynamic (DYN) ended prematurely for me. This time I didn’t want to repeat the same mistake and it was much harder, since I’ve broken, 7 years old, unofficial World Record of Dave Mullins!
dreams come true and regeneration
My dream came true. After doping control (WADA) I went back home and concentrated on physical and mental regeneration.
I was perfectly prepared, however next day I knew that some sort of tiredness will be present in my body and there is not much I can do about it.
I regret there was not at least 1 day off between dynamics in order to fully regenerate and show my real 100%.
Fight with ego and starting lists
Especially on this championships, where each discipline had someone strictly specialized on it and they focused on one and only maximum performance. I couldn’t do anything about it, but it was ego again, that wanted to excuse possible failure.
Start list were published in the evening…I breathed a sigh of relief. MY declaration, 255 m was the highest one (together with Goran Colak’s one). It meant that if few competitors will achieve 300 m (and I’m sure few were thinking about it), I will not loose. Unlikely but possible scenario.
Polish Team Starts
In the night I was sleeping like a baby, almost 9 hours, but I felt a little bit of fatigue in my legs. We went to the pool.
First were finals B, in which one of my training partners was competing, Michał Dąbrowski. He ended the dive prematurely but did his job in qualifications. In future he must work more with psychological part of the dive.
Next were girls, in finale A, Magdalena Solich won again (232 m) and Julia Kozerska was second (215 m), fantastic!
It was time for men’s finale A. Three Polish people were competing in it. Karol Karcz, my another training partner, I was very happy about it, I can boldly say he is kind of my “student” 🙂 Next was Krzysiek Dąbrowski and me.
Help from GUILLAUME NERY
I start feeling stress before start and I recalled words I heard from Guillaume Nery last year in Cyprus. He told me that before performance, when he feel stressed, he tries to enjoy that feeling, because in next few minutes, when attempt finishes, all the feelings disappear.
I did exactly this. I thought, it’s my last performance here, no matter how it ends, in few minutes it will be all over. All the emotions will go away, whole training, preparation, it will be all over. I can do my thing, see what I got inside me, here and now, in this exact moment, or give up, which wouldn’t have much sense.
Indeed I have appreciated this feelings, stress, emotions, I knew some chapter in my life finishes right here, right now. I swam without any expectations. I thought that once I get to 250 m, I will make a choice what’s next, based on my feelings and up to this point, I just swim.
My adventures with monofin
In dynamic with monofin (DYN) I’m not as well trained as in my crown discipline of dynamic without fins (DNF). I can’t enter such a flow state…yet.
In my whole freediving history, I have spent much less time for training monofin. Partly because it took me a long time to find monofin that suits me well. It’s stiffness is not perfect, I could use a tiny bit softer one, but this one is the best monofin I have ever swam.
In monofin I have swim equally to DNF in 2010 and 2011, later very occasionally, only on bigger competitions and few weeks before. After depth world championships in Cyprus 2015, my friend Samo Jeranko recommended me the right fin.
Since last year, I have started to train monofin regularly, once a week and thus training less in DNF.
I felt that’s ok, since I was focused on DNF for the last few years. I must admit, training in monofin was enjoyable again, I have increased speed of my dives and I felt less lactic, it’s amazing what equipment change can do.
300 meters on a single breath of air!
I’ve started my dive. It felt peacefully but not as good as DNF one. I’ve noticed first lactic pain in my legs at 75 m, so I knew, it won’t be easy. Around 220 m, my legs suffered complete failure and I had to continue with my improvised technique. In other words I have started using my arms, few strokes with hands along the body etc.
I have reached the 250 m wall, terrible lactic pain but head was still crystal clear. I have made a decision, that 300 meters is mine and passing by 275 m ensured me in that thought.
At 300 m I’ve tried to make a turn, but since my judge was on the right side, I had to turn the other way around that I usually do and as a result, I’ve missed 10-20 cm to have full 1 meter recognized.
the last will be first…
Luckily it didn’t matter. As a last competitor I have finished the race, but there is a famous quote “The last will be first, and the first will be last.“, and so it happened.
Giorgos Panagiotakis scored the same distance 300 meters with 1 minute faster dive time, but he lost due to 1 m lower declaration. I felt relieved, since it’s his crown discipline and he came to compete in just this one dive.
My dive time was 4 minutes 48 seconds. It was at least 18 seconds longer than it should took me, comparing my training dives.
However it was an effect of my premature legs failure, even tho I was swimming slower than usually. It should have happened after 250 m turn but I expect my DNF (244 m) the day earlier contributed to that.
This feeling makes me very curious, what would happen if there was extra day or two off and if I would train monofin for the next few years with the same or increased frequency. I guess 330 m – 350 m is not that impossible as we all thought few years ago.
I wonder if such atmosphere and conditions as were in Turku, can repeat.
Choose and focus!
More importantly, it’s impossible to be the best in everything 🙂 At some point I have to choose and before committing to DYN, I feel that in DNF I still have a big room for improvement and I’m sure I will follow that road, because I feel that gives me the greatest satisfaction and pleasure.
It was the end of World Championships. I’ve received the price of Natalia Molchanova, for the most points scored at this World Championships and as it turns out in any of World Championships in history of Freediving.
3 World Records, 2 World Champion titles and the highest total score in history.
DNF = 244 meters = 122 pts.
DYN = 300 meters = 150 pts.
STA = 7:33 = 90,6 pts.
Total 362,6 pkt
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