To educate, entertain, and enthuse those who venture beyond the shore. Over 13,186 articles on solo swims, pro races, relays, charity events, eco-swims, stage swims, marathon swims, trends, products, services, personalities, coaches, governing bodies, rules, demographics, books, films, blogs, conferences, camps, clinics, exploits and happenings in oceans, seas, lakes, rivers, dams, canals, channels, fjords, estuaries, lochs, coves, firths, straits, bays, and harbors. Sponsored by WOWSA.org.
Sunday, August 11, 2013
The Comeback Of Brian Ryckeman
He certainly looks comfortable and relaxed in the open water whether the conditions are calm or rough.
The long, lanky professional swimmer from Belgium swings his arms methodically over tranquil or turbulent seas in the same powerful way, anchored by a rock-solid core and strong kick.
However much he is in his element with the open water, he has a bit more of an issue with his human competitors. "Sometimes, when the course is too small for the number of swimmers, there is too much pushing and fighting which isn't good I think."
When asked about the 10 km race at the recent FINA World Championships, he explains, "In this race, I swam very easy the first two laps. I chose to swim on the back of the pack and not to fight too much in order to save power. Going into the third lap, I very easily moved to the front, but I exploded a little bit due to the fighting [that was necessary] to keep my place in the front of the pack."
In reflection, he described the outcome. "I think I went a little bit too soon. So I paid the price in the last 500 meters. I'm a light swimmer so it is difficult for me to hold position. Also, I like the pace fast from the beginning. I'm not that explosive, so if it is a slow race and if the last lap is 2 minutes faster [than the first lap] like it was in the 10 km in Barcelona, that is not ideal for me. But I can hold on pretty well if the pace is fast."
Which is what he did in the 25 km race where he just was barely touched out by world champion Thomas Lurz of Germany. But his road to his silver-medal performance took an unexpected turn.
"I was happy. In every competition, I perform well. All my races at world championships, I finished 4th and 5th (Rome), 6th (Melbourne), 7th (Shanghai), 10th (Sevilla) and 11th (Barcelona), and in Beijing at the Olympic 10K Marathon Swim, I was 7th. But at last year's Olympics in London, my performance was a disaster. I wasn't fit because of injuries in the last month. After my bad 16th-place finish [in the 10K], I lost confidence in myself. Everything went wrong over there. So I didn't swim for 4 months, I thought about stopping.
But I eventually started swimming again. I started to train seriously again this February. So with that much training, I know I have much room for improvement in the future and I feel mentally strong again."
It is great to see him back.
Copyright © 2013 by Open Water Swimming
A Thank You Gift from WOWSA
|WOWSA is celebrating the|
1-Year Anniversary of the monthly Open Water Swimming Magazine
by giving you a free copy of the anniversary issue.
Open Water Swimming Magazine Anniversary Issue
File Size: 13MB
Download the file to your computer, and then right-click to extract the magazine which is inside the zip folder. The magazine is in PDF format.
CLICK HERE to download your free copy now.
Open Water Swimming Magazine
Open Water Swimming MagazineThe Open Water Swimming Magazine is the monthly magazine entirely focused on open water swimming heroes and heroines of every age, ability, and background. Published by the World Open Water Swimming Association, the Open Water Swimming Magazine is a free benefit to WOWSA members.
WOWSA Member Benefits include 12 issues of the Open Water Swimming Magazine, the annual 276-page Open Water Swimming Almanac, a free listing in Sponsor My Swim, outstanding product discounts from FINIS, an entry in Openwaterpedia and more...
The Other Shore
The Other Shore follows world record holder and legendary swimmer Diana Nyad as she comes out of a thirty-year retirement to re-attempt an elusive dream: swimming 103 miles non-stop from Cuba to Florida without the use of a shark cage. Her past and present collide in her obsession with a feat that nobody has ever accomplished. At the edge of The Devil’s Triangle, tropical storms, sharks, venomous jellyfish, and one of the strongest ocean currents in the world, all prove to be life-threatening realities. Timothy Wheeler’s documentary brings Diana Nyad’s extraordinary adventure to life as Diana sets out to prove that will and determination are all you need to make the unimaginable possible.
2014 Open Water Swimming Almanac
An Almanac for Open Water SwimmingAn almanac is essentially a body of knowledge which is so complete that it enables people in different fields to make predictions about the future of their respective industries.
This, for example, was the purpose of the traditional farmers almanacs. It enabled farmers to determine as accurately as possible which crops to plant for the greatest harvests in a given year.
But the farmers almanac was just one example among many.
There are, of course, many different kinds of almanacs.
In fact, there is even one for open water swimming...
Preview the Open Water Swimming Almanac:
The trends are very clear.
The tide is rising for open water swimming.