Lubomir Stefanoff | freediving and UW photography

Back to basic training

by on Nov.23, 2009, under Training

It’s been a while since I last wrote in my freediving blog. I’ve been quite busy recently and didn’t keep my promise to post regularly…
Anyway, what I am up to at the moment? I’m taking a step back from freediving and doing longer apneas. Well, I still might go once a month to Greece or the Black Sea for some easy freediving. Now I started the basic training – swimming and running regularly, almost no breath holds…
I’m trying to do good aerobic workouts in the pool – totaling 3-3,5 km for the moment. I haven’t done pure swimming for quite a while, and I’ve forgotten how much fun it is (I can feel the water much better without a wetsuit). A triathlon coach (the president of the Bulgarian Triathlon Federation) is advising me how to structure my training and that makes a big difference! I hope that in 2-3 months I’ll see the results…
As far as running is concerned, I’m a complete newbie and my technique is far from perfect, but I’m catching up on that. In a month when my body would be adapted to the training load, I’ll insert some apnea exercises (controlled breathing) and gradually my training will be more focused on anaerobic exercises…till mid summer, when I plan to freedive a lot!
Well, that’s for now…I’ll keep you updated about my progress in swimming and running.

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2 Comments for this entry

  • Sanne Buurma

    Sounds like a solid plan. I know from my own experience it's a good thing to take a step back. Good luck on your schedule and looking forward to a little more insight in your schedule for the coming time. Maybe you like to share what you're going to do till mid-summer?

    • stefanoff

      Sure, I'll start writing about how training is going. For now, I swim 5-6 times a week (1-1,5 hour sessions) and try to increase the frequency and duration of running without overtraining – I'm very careful with training/getting proper rest. So basically this will be my preparation for the next 3 months (till mid February). I'll also do some technique training for the monofin – stretching and in-water exercises (not focused on distance, of course). And, (still in planning due to the time constraints) I'll start doing equalization exercises.
      From February on – more anaerobic exercises and STA+DYN (freediving occasionally, it's still cold outside). I'll split my plan in a mothly phases with different focus, more on that later. Let's see how my basic training goes :)

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