After returning to Denmark from Dahab I contacted KFK, Copenhagen Freediving Club, to ask if I could become a member. Luckyly I could and 5 weeks after Dahab I attended my first training with KFK. We were 5 people that night. I introduced myself to everyone and Danish champion in DYN Anette Rafen Ottzen was sweet to help me. She followed me on my first DYN that night. 77 meters I got to, which was around 2 meteres more than my earlier PB almost 2 weeks earlier. So I was happy. Apparently she filmed me to show me my technique and to analyze it (Again I have my hands on my bum instead of hanging on my sides).
Video credit: Anette Rafen Ottzen
After this dive I did just 2 more shorter dives at 50 meters and then I got cold, as I only wore a bathingsuit. So I decided to take the watch on the edge, and let another diver Teit, who also have a blog about freediving www.goandsee.dk, get in the water.
Eventhough I only did 3 dives that night I was quite happy that I showed up and started my training.
3 days after my first training with KFK I attended another one. This night we were a lot more people, and Morten Rosenvold Villadsen, an expert in freediving, breathing and spearfishing, was our trainer.
We all started with a long DYN. I was the last one to dive and a bit nervous, because everyone else did some amazing and long dives, and my day had been quite stressfull. Getting at work at 6am, off at 1.30pm, opening the shop at 2pm, closing the shop at 6.30 and began training at 7.15pm. I hadn’t had time to relax, I was tired, I was really dizzy but I really wanted to train.
I sit there on the edge, trying to relax and doing my breathe up. My turn. I take my final breaths and begin my long dive. My heart beats but there is a lovely silence under the surface. I make it to 25 meteres and my heartbeat starts to slow down. 50 meters and touch-turn. I really want to make a good dive and at least 75 meters. I feel my thighs starting to get warm, and my muscles are kind of stinging. I guess the mammalian divereflex really kicked in. The 75 meter mark appears under me. Just a bit longer and then ascent. 88 meters and my new PB! I’m happy. I get a bit of constructive criticism from Morten. Slow down a bit and not work too hard when finning, and keep my chin to the cheast. Yes, I’ll try to work on that!
Now we are all ready to the real training. Morten tells us to do 12 x 50 meters DYN…WTF! 12 lanes – 50 meters! I almost gave up before we even started. So 3…2…1…GO! I’m finning and get to the other end. Already a bit exhausted! Recovery breath, breathe up, final breath and dive! Finning, finning, finning and at around 30 meters I get my contractions. Shit! I come up after 50 meters and my hands are shaking. Recovery breath, breathe up, no, I have to skip the this round. I wait for the others to come back to my end of the pool, and then I dive again but I decide to only do 25-35 meters. It’s better than just quitting so I do the last 8 dives from around 25-35 meters.
After the 12 rounds Morten wants us to do DNF 4x50m with only armstrokes, 4x50m only leg kicks and 4x50m both armstrokes and leg kicks. Again I only do the 25-35 meters. But I’m fine with that. I accept that this is what I am able to do right now, and with training I will get better.
I end the night with a bit of flicker in my eyes and a light migraine on it’s way. But again I’m happy. It was good and hard training and I absolutely loved everything about it. Now home and off to bed!