Igor de Souza Talks About Mental Preparation On WOWSA Live

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Brazilian marathon swimmer and International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Swimmer Igor de Souza talked about his lengthy career with International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame chairperson Ned Denison on today’ edition of WOWSA Live.

His mental training for his two-way crossing of the English Channel – where he negative split his swims – is especially interesting,” observed Steven Munatones.

The elite coach and prolific race organizer from São Paulo talked about the following in his entertaining interview:

* starting in marathon swimming in 1985 after a successful pool career in the 400m IM and 1500m freestyle where he raced Djan Madruga
* racing in his first open water race in 1971 at the age of 7 in the same race as John Kinsella
* following in the footsteps of his father and being inspired by Hall of Famer Abilio Couto
* training for his two-way English Channel crossing with his unique “double-up” mental training
* being inspired by a musical movie called Queen of the Channel that starred Esther Williams
* swimming 112,820 meters to set a world record in a 24-hour pool swim during his preparation for his English Channel crossing where he significantly picked up his pace and stroke count on his second leg
* swimming like a crocodile in the Atlantic City Around the Island Swim
* organizing 24 open water races throughout the year in Brazil with thousands of swimmers and up to 25 km
* watching the 2008 Beijing, 2012 London and 2016 Rio Olympic Games 10 km marathon swims
* winning the Manhattan Island Marathon Swim on his fourth try, 10 years after his first attempt

Igor de Souza on OxigênioTV

Note: Ned Denison admits that Susie Maroney did not complete a three-way crossing of the English Channel that was inadvertently mentioned during the interview.

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