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Thursday, December 5, 2013
Eney Jones, A Very Special Person
In her front yard in Colorado, Boulder Creek sits there in the foreground of the majestic Rocky Mountains. As spring and summer rolls around, the snow melts and a tremendous amount of mountain run-off comes pouring down as it flows to the lower altitudes.
"The last week in June and first week in July are perfect," explains one of the fastest masters swimmers on the planet. But perfect for what?
"I can go 23 minutes [see below]. If I had stronger mental fortitude and not sitcom mentality - 23 minutes - I could go longer. I am sure all the top open water kids could."
We asked her about her swimming and coaching:
Daily News of Open Water Swimming: You have played all kinds of roles in the sport of open water swimming: athlete, coach, promoter, triathlete, commentator, model, inventor, designer. How do you maintain your enthusiasm for the sport over all these decades?
Eney Jones: I maintain my enthusiasm for the sport by being inspired by 3 things: the past, passion and possibility. That keeps me connected to history, the present and the future. There is so much that has transpired so much happening and there is much yet to come; it is always exciting.
I watch things like this, this and this. I read everything from James Councilman to current-day studies of Brent S. Rushall. I create current dialog with the Swimmers’ Acceleration in the U.K with Tony MacGuinness and stay current by helping professional triathletes like Angela Naeth and Mirinda Carfrae.
I am challenged by my friends and business partners at Dallas Aquatic Masters including Bobby Patten, Steve Barnicoat, Robert Killeen and Tim Glenn. I promote products that I believe in including the EneyBuoy, ExerGenie and BowSwim.
Daily News of Open Water Swimming: You are so technically proficient when you swim and so tactically smart when you race. How do you share this knowledge with others?
Eney Jones: I am a coach, a teacher, and a competitor. The combination of these things helps me to present and adapt to the different ways that people learn. Is it by feel, thought, mimicking, or application? Did I need to dispute what they have learned? Each person is different.
I must adjust in my presentation; do they need many words and studies, or just a few words and activation tips?
Daily News of Open Water Swimming: You invented and patented the EneyBuoy. Please tell us about it and how it can help an open water swimmer and triathlete.
Eney Jones: The EneyBuoy is a dramatic improvement over the traditional pull buoy. The EneyBuoy allows the buoyancy to be adjusted. It allows for an increased workload when filled and the correct racing, or saltwater position when empty. Teaching tempo or “Split Tempo” as I call it. The sloshing around mimics the changing pattern of the sea. It is cleaner and more durable.
The EneyBuoy makes people pull engaging their core, not pulling like they have just had an epidural. You have to SQUEEZE IT. At the very least, you can rehydrate while you are working out.
Daily News of Open Water Swimming: About how many different open water races have you done throughout your career?
Eney Jones: I have done hundreds of open water races from the Traversée Internationale du Lac Memphrémagog, when it was the liquid crossing of borders of the U.S. to Canada, to the Ironman 6 times. Each race is different and with each race you collect experiences. You learn, you grow, you improve.
Daily News of Open Water Swimming: Can you tell us about your 5 most favorite races?
Eney Jones: My favorite races are Maui Channel Swim, the Waikiki Roughwater Swim, Flowers Sea Swim and any swim off Siesta Key Florida where I am from, and probably many more that I have not done yet. There are fabulous places to go, great people to meet and things to look forward to. I would like to do a swim in the Hellespont, the Round the Sound Swim and so many more.
Daily News of Open Water Swimming: If you were 18, how would you prepare for the upcoming Olympic 10K Marathon Swim in Copacabana Beach for the 2016 Rio Olympics?
Eney Jones: If I were preparing for the upcoming 2016 Olympics, I would take advantage of all the great people and great information out there. I would feel fortunate that there is an event and a venue like this for me to have an OFG (Opportunity for Greatness). There used to not be events like this and a showcase for your talents. Embrace it. Celebrate it. Appreciate it and GO FOR IT.
Daily News of Open Water Swimming: How important does nutrition play in the success of an elite athlete? What about dryland training?
Eney Jones: Because as a former elite swimmer, athlete and now aging woman I cannot rely on training alone. Nutrition and dryland are extremely important. You cannot run your car on water and need to be picky on fuel. High Octane or GOOD FOOD is important. Each year I get weaker and I must try to get stronger. I try something different every fall like Crossfit, Trx, Pilates, yoga, etc. Celebrate yourself. RACE. Honor yourself, eat well, train well, sleep well and look forward to racing well.
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