Diary Of A Double With Antonio Argüelles – Week 5

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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 September 2021. Throughout this journey, Argüelles describes his pool and open water swimming workouts, preparation, nutrition, dryland training, and coaching for his solo channel swim that was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown.

This week he returned to Mexico City and did a 3-hour river workout and described Week 5 of his training on another episode of Diary of a Double.

Argüelles is an Honor Swimmer in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame who was completed the Oceans Seven and Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming, and who will be 62 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).

A two-way crossing is also referred to as a double crossing.

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:

* 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

Diary Of A Double – Week 4 is posted below:

Diary Of A Double – Week 3 is posted below:

Diary Of A Double – Week 2 is posted below:

Diary Of A Double – The Kickoff, Day One is posted below:

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