Well, to make an understatement, the Depth Nationals were not in my favour. I was unable to get to the lake early to do some preliminary training to get used to the 17 degree water, nor was I able to even make the first day of the competition which left me edgy and slightly stressed and top top if off, I arrive on the Friday night, very late...BUT, on top of all that, it was a fantastic time.
For me the competition started on Saturday the 24th of March, 2012. I arrive the night before at 11pm after driving to Taupo with John Write - one of the judges who also couldn't make it the first day and my room mate for the duration of the competition. It was great to have some company on the way.
I woke up early on the Saturday, about 5:30am, then fell back asleep until 6:30 and figured I may as well stay up. I managed to get some breakfast down my neck - a One Square Meal bar, a banana, a bottle of Powerade and an apple.
My first pair of Freediving bi-fins was a really nice set of Omer Milleniums which I purchase brand new on line. Absolutely nothing wrong with them, they are a great fin and very common, however, if you're looking to minimise your energy output and maximise your performance in the water, then it's all about carbon...at least for your feat anyway.
It took me almost a full year an a half of using some high end plastic fins to really get used to them and figure out where I was exerting much of my energy, or rather, wasting my energy. I was on the hunt for some Carbon fins...