William trubridge reaches for another world record in freediving

tochuchoinghi.net Ambassador William Trubridge wanted to over 2020 on a positive sầu note by attempting to freedive sầu to lớn 126 m on a single breath. He was unsuccessful, but remains determined to continue exploring human limits.

 

COVID-19 kept tochuchoinghi.net lớn ambassador William Trubridge isolated on Long Islvà in the Bahamas since March 2020 allowing him lớn focus exclusively on training with few distractions. After several months he started lớn see the benefits & his performances in many areas were the best of his career so far. 

Although he is disappointed he didn"t achieve a new world record, William is undeterred in his drive sầu khổng lồ continuing pushing & exploring the ultimate human limits for freediving.

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Willam, what was the goal for this event?

My goal was lớn try and break the world record in Free Immersion, FIM (in which the athlete pulls on the rope khổng lồ descend and ascend), currently at 125 m world record mix in 2018 by Alexey Molchanov. I held the 124 m world record in FIM previously since 2011, but I thought it was about time I got it back! 

 

Why now?

I came to lớn the Bahamas in March và somewhat fortuitously have been trapped here safe in the remoteness of the isl& ever since, và happily, my family was able khổng lồ join me in the summer from nhật bản.

COVID has been tough for everyone but it has meant that I have been able khổng lồ focus on my training maybe more than I would have sầu normally, having not had any courses or competitions scheduled. This has facilitated the best kind of training with no competitions looming, I"ve been able to lớn maintain focus on the goal. I really felt like I was in the right place to lớn attempt the record. 

 

It"s been four years since your last attempt, why the long pause?

Firstly, I think it is becoming more and more difficult to lớn break world records. As with any sport, it’s not something that can continue indefinitely. There is always going to lớn be a plateauing effect as we approach the human limits, wherever they are, & this is happening now in freediving as it has in other sports. In recent years there hasn"t been much of an increase in FIM depths, & any of the disciplines of freediving as there were prior.

Also, in the last four years, I have been involved in a lot of other projects, và starting a family has been the biggest. That has involved not just a shift in day-to-day life & rhythms, but your whole perspective sầu, and it is one of the most difficult things we go through but I have learned to take it in my stride. Now I am settled inlớn family life, my training has been going well and my performances are the best they have ever been. I am ready khổng lồ get baông chồng inlớn it. 

 

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How are you feeling training wise?

I have done many of the deepest dives I have sầu ever done in this discipline in recent months và also in other parameters of base training khổng lồ vày with breath-hold times, static apnea, and exhale static apnea (breath-hold with empty lungs) reaching the longest times I"ve ever done in these difficult exercises. 

In terms of breath-hold and depth adaptation, I am in the best condition of my life. A world record attempt is a whole other Boss so although all the signs are good, you have sầu to khuyễn mãi giảm giá with the mental game và the weather conditions, for which relaxing in the water with a thin wetsuit can sometimes be problematic. 

 

What"s changed in your training since your last world record?

Quite a lot has changed in my training since the last record. I am always in a constant state of development & evolution as I retìm kiếm & experiment with myself. I have focused on my weaker link, which are mainly breath-hold, but if any of the factors slip then you won"t be able to lớn dive deep.

 

Is giải pháp công nghệ or science helping with the evolution of the sport? 

There is always a benefit from an increased understanding of the physiology và science of the sport.

Especially in my 17-year career, there have been huge changes. When I first started training I was feeling around in the dark a bit but now I have a more definitive sầu, but not a complete idea. I"m sure that in the next ten years athletes will be far better equipped with an understanding of what"s happening in their bodies & how to lớn maximize that in their training. What happens in your toàn thân when freediving and what you require mentally and physically is unlượt thích any other sport. From the dive reflex, the compression, the heart slowing, lớn the high acidic & lactic loads we are still discovering more efficient ways lớn train to maximize performance in those parameters. 

 

Has your outlook or mindset changed in any way?

Yes, it has changed. Becoming a father has been the biggest shift. It changes your attitude toward risk, & your risk tolerance decreases. In freediving though, it has not changed so much, but in other areas lượt thích driving, và driving scooters in Indonesia in particular, it has definitely changed!

A lot of my training has been about identifying risks and accommodating them with enhanced safety mechanisms. 

 

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You turned 40 this year (congrats!); how does getting older affect you in this sport? And is there more risk?

It is hard lớn say what the effects of age on the sport are. We"ve seen athletes persize well inkhổng lồ their 50s & 60s. Natalia Molcahov, before her untimely disappearance, was smashing women"s world records in her 50s. It"s definitely a sport where we benefit from the maturity of age & the slowing of the metabolism, but the risk lies in susceptibilities we are not aware of that increase with age, that I have sầu been working on identifying. We need to be aware of this và prevent risks before they occur if possible. 

 

How has the pandemic helped or hindered your preparation?

The pandemic has had a huge effect, mostly negative but some positive. I"ve been able khổng lồ focus on training but mostly it has just been me and one other person here. However, now the record attempt team has increased & it is nice khổng lồ connect & have more of a tư vấn group for training. 

The biggest impact has been the uncertainty. As an athlete, with sports lượt thích freediving, you are aware of the fact that it is an expendable job, not as important socially as a Doctor and a teacher. More of a luxury in society as the arts, the sports, they are the first to go in a major fallout or crash. 

Now having a family has been the main impact on me but luckily I have been able to train consistently through this period with the hope khổng lồ capitalize on that. 

 

What drives you to continue with this? Surely, you"ve found the human limits for apnea now?

No, we have not found the human limits, we never will. it is just a matter of stretching out the grey area of possibility & finding an approximation. We know we can go at least one or two more meters, maybe ten, twenty, who knows! It becomes more and more improbable and our job as athletes is to lớn stretch inlớn that zone & redefine human limits as much as we can. 

 

How was the world record attempt dive?

Ah, 2020. Did anyone other than Jeff Bezos escape its infamy? I was hoping khổng lồ over the year on a good note, by attempting a world record in Free Immersion. In training, I logged a dive lớn 126 m that was not just a personal best và one meter deeper than the current world record, but also one of the strongest và most enjoyable dives in this discipline of my career. Based on the strength of this dive sầu, I announced a world record attempt for December 2020.

Then disaster hit. 

The worst incident of my life. A deep underwater blackout in training was caused not by low oxygen but most likely by toxic levels of carbon dioxide. It was something that has khổng lồ date been a hidden risk, lurking latent in the deepest depths of competitive freediving. I was under the water for almost 7 minutes and revived by the impeccable action of my safety team as well as a lot of luông xã.

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What made you try again?

Afterward, I wasn’t even thinking about a world record. I took two weeks off và enjoyed being a father to lớn my 20-month-old daughter. But when I tentatively returned to breath-hold and the water I found miraculously that my form had remained, or even improved. Mentally there didn’t seem to be any scars either. After consulting with my team and doctor I decided khổng lồ press on with the attempts.

I built baông xã through the depths again khổng lồ the point where I was diving cchiến bại to the record depth. Then 2020 threw me some more challenges: bad weather, a problem with my ear và jaw, a commercial shoot with dates that had to change và overlap with the record attempts… I was still diving svào, but not with the consistency I need in the build-up for an attempt.

When the window came for attempting the record I spent the first few days finding my feet again with dives khổng lồ 118 m and 121 m. Then I decided to attempt the record on the 11th December 20đôi mươi. 

 

After such impressive results in training, what happened on your world record first attempt?

The day arrived, và so had a cold front, with low grey skies và temperatures plummeting. The wetsuit I’d been training in wasn’t enough, & after testing the waters I called the dive sầu off, knowing that shivering would cause me to waste precious oxygen before the dive sầu even began.

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The next day was perfect. The sun makes all the difference when we’re lying stretched out on the surface of the water preparing in the final minutes before a dive sầu. It was the right day for a record attempt, và I felt good, perhaps too good. 

My time was slower, more relaxed on the way up, and this slight adjustment might have affected my efficiency negatively. 

After retrieving the tag from 126 m và returning to the surface, I took two breaths then fell baông xã momentarily in a brief surface blackout. It ended as quickly as it had begun, but the damage was done và the dive was disqualified.

 

How did this affect your mindphối for the next attempt?

I needed khổng lồ take a day off after the blackout, which meant I was left with one last day, the 14th. The cold had returned just a little, và this combined with some minor mistakes in the descent snowballed into an increasingly negative mental and physical state, until soon after the turn I felt like the dive was almost certain khổng lồ end badly. 

I tugged sharply three times on the rope to signal my surface crew, who released the counter ballast, pulling the rope up và giving me a free ride baông xã to the surface. 

Being pulled quickly upwards, as the weight of the water column slipped off my shoulders it was replaced by the weight of disappointment, và the knowledge that there would be no silver lining khổng lồ over this year with.

 

What drives you to lớn achieve deeper depths in this sport?

Regardless of the result, I have khổng lồ credit my amazing tư vấn team who were faultless in running these attempts. Alex Llinas, Kevin James, and Richard McKenzie were my safety divers, Jani Valdivia was medic, Jonathan Sunnex and Michelle Lynn were taking đoạn Clip, Riccarvì chưng Paris was managing the platform equipment, & Chris McCay & Olga Sidorova were the AIDA judges for the attempt. 

My 24/7 tư vấn team has been my incredible family, who have kept me fed, nourished, và motivated in every way. Thank you to lớn my partner Sachiko, our beautiful daughter Mila, my mother-in-law Lily, who has put up with so many months here in the Bahamas, & to my parents và brother who have cheered me from New Zealand.

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Of course, I couldn’t have sầu even had the privilege of attempting this without the tư vấn of my sponsors, tochuchoinghi.net và Orca, who have been loyal khổng lồ me through both the highs và lows.

 

What"s next, William?

The hunger for training & plumbing new depths of the oceans và human aquatic potential has not weakened at all, và the day after the attempts finished I found myself drawn baông chồng khổng lồ the Blue Hole for an easy training session. 


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