Diary Of A Double With Antonio Argüelles - Week 27

Diary Of A Double With Antonio Argüelles – Week 27

Courtesy of WOWSA Live, Huntington Beach, California.

Diary of a Double documents the year-long journey of Antonio Argüelles who will attempt a 67 km two-way crossing of the English Channel in July 2021 with escort pilot Michael Oram.

In today’s Diary of a Double episode, Argüelles talked about his jellyfish stings and his overall training schedule and components with coach Rafa Álvarez after getting out of an ocean workout in Cancún in Quintana Roo. Mark Hamilton added interesting information about jellyfish (Lion’s Mane) in the North Channel and Suzanne Heim added information and commentary about training at the elite level.

Week 27 – more halfway along his year-long journey preparing for an English Channel double crossing with plenty of jellyfish tattoos [see below]
Tentacle tattoos

Argüelles will be 62 years old during his crossing in an attempt to break Sally Minty-Gravett, MBE’s record at the age of 59 to complete the two-way crossing (in 36 hours 26 minutes).

Like swimmers around the world over the first part of 2020, Argüelles was locked down in his home and unable to swim during the COVID-19 pandemic. He postponed his attempt and dealt with the disappointment and issues that everyone also has had to face on a personal, logistical, physiological, and psychological basis.

It has not been easy – and his success going forward will neither be easy nor guaranteed.

Open water swimming vernacular for newbies that Argüelles uses in his interviews include:

* Big swim memory: the faculty of the human brain by which information and remembrances from a previous swim or impressible life experience is encoded, stored, and retrieved when needed, especially in real time in the midst of an open water swimming race, channel swim, marathon swim, ice swim, winter swim, stage swim or in training
* WHOOP: a fitness wearable device that track workouts, sleep, recovery and gives its users advice on how to improve.
* KAATSU Cycle 2.0: a convenient to use, handheld BFR device that optimizes performance, rehabilitation and recovery.
* FINIS Agility Paddles: strapless yellow plastic molded hand paddles that float, manufactured and distributed by FINIS
* Accel Gel®: an energy gel specifically designed to deliver rapid energy to working muscles
* Maxim: sports nutrition that is used by many endurance athletes
* KAATSU: a modality to help improve recovery and athletic performance
* Two-way crossing: a solo or relay swim that continues two consecutive times across a channel, lake, river or other body of water under the traditional rules of marathon swimming
* Double crossing: synonym for two-way crossing
* English Channel: body of water between the countries of England and France, 33.5 km in a straight-line tangent
* Channel swimming: swimming between two land masses
* Oceans Seven: swimming across the English Channel, North Channel, Molokai Channel, Catalina Channel, Tsugaru Channel, Cook Strait and Strait of Gibraltar
* Dryland training: physical conditioning that a swimmer does out of the water on land that can include cardiovascular, flexibility, and strength activities in order to condition, stretch and strengthen muscles, ligaments and tendons that are used in swimming while building fitness and athleticism
* Tsugaru Channel: a 19.5 km channel between Honshu and Hokkaido in northern Japan that is part of the Oceans Seven
* Molokai Channel: a 42 km channel between Molokai Island and Oahu in Hawaii that is part of the Oceans Seven
* Great Andersen: a 1948 Danish Olympic medalist who became one of the most renowned channel swimmers in history, a dual inductee in the International Swimming Hall of Fame and the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame
* Duke Kahanamoku: a Hawaii-born 5-time Olympic medalist in swimming and water polo, an actor, lawman, early beach volleyball player, renowned lifeguard, and businessman credited with spreading the sport of surfing
* Negative split: the act of swimming the second half of a race, swim or event faster than the first half * Champion of Champions: a series of races of 1 mile, 3 miles and 5 miles

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