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Friday, March 14, 2014
Nejib Belhedi Swimming On High
Walking up Mount Everest is hard enough; Belhedi is going to swim up there.
How is he planning on accomplishing this 1 km swim? By training at sea level.
"I conceived a new concept 061-6K," explains the former Lt. Colonel in the Tunisian Army. "I will test it in Tunisia and I will prove its efficiency later during my Mount Everest swim. It's a new theory of training at zero altitude to overcome the effects of high altitude during my swim up in Mount Everest at 6000 meters above sea level."
He is confident 061-6K will work. "It will be a world vanguard of a training concept for high altitude exercise for open water swimming as well as for other athletic fields if I may able to overcome the challenges of my Mount Everest swim."
In his meticulous way, Belhedi laid out his 061-6K plan:
I. Concepts of Acclimatization for High Altitude:
The first approach is to take 21 days at a minimum as one's period of acclimatization to high altitude. The second approach is to arrive directly at the high altitude site without acclimatization with the body fully saturated with Oxygen and perform the swim immediately.
II. New Concept: 061- 6K
The originality of 061-6K gives the opportunity to conduct efficient training at sea level (zero altitude). "I would do it at 6000 meters or more. I consider this new concept as a revolution in high altitude training and it could replace the current concept of acclimatization."
Belhedi explains how he will achieve this by educational respiratory. "Firstly, Extreme Educational Respiratory Training is a technique used in order to educate new swimmers to conditions in the water. We know about breathing for new swimmers as well as improving the aerobic power for competitive swimmers, but an appropriate training concept does not exist in the open water swimming world to resolve the limiting factors for swimmers in particular and athletes in general who are preparing to achieve high altitude objectives. I will prove it. This technique is in somes basic swimming books. By combining swimming information with some research done on high-altitude effects, I saw the light. This method of training is used extensively by swimmers It has the same convergence of effects as someone who is exposed to high altitude. What is this common extreme effects? It's the well-known symptom - an acute headache - and a more grave condition: brain / respiratory odema."
III. The 061-6K protocol:
Belhedi is training in the Kef region, north of Tunisia. But he is training her not for high altitude, but for practicing his new concept in the big lake dams of Tunisia - the Oued Mallegue Dam - until he reaches the 061-6K level. He will be covered by Al Watanya TV 1 and will explain on Tunisian television about his Mount Everest Swim that will also give birth to this new concept of high altitude.
Belhedi explains, "I will not use the common concept to spend 21 days as my acclimatization period. I will jump in the tarn without acclimatization. I will spend only 12 days to go from Beijing to Lhassa and then from Lhassa to D12 in order to swim in the Mount Everest tarn at 6000 meters. So, at D12, I will undergo his final 061-6K test.
The scientists will examine me to see if how this new concept of utilizing aerobic energy with a very low consumption of oxygen and higher metabolic optimization. Aerobic , anerobic lactic and analactic, hypoxia could be melted relatively and thinly by Extreme Educational Breathing training to achieve my Mount Everest swim at this highest altitude."
Belhedi needs to get used to swimming long distances with an extreme shortage of oxygen. "I will push my metabolism to support the effort of endurance for more strokes and will adapt my metabolism to support well the headache of extreme shortage of oxygen; the same symptoms that I will be vulnerable at the high altitude of 6000m."
His training stage rules of the new concept 061-6K includes to proceed progressively during in a minimum of 3 months before attempting the Mount Everest Swim. "In the first stage of training, I will take one stroke and one breathe (inspiration). This is predominantly developing the capacity to do long, continuous aerobic work of 50- 60 strokes per minute. In the second stage, I will take 2 strokes per one breath in order to develop a daily, significant long distance continuous work. This will continue until I am in the sixth stage and am to be able to swim easily taking 6 strokes for every one breathing, covering a distance of 6 km."
Belhedi has calculated an indication of readiness to swim at 6,000m altitude from sea-level training. "I have to reach 061-6K at 0 meters altitude before I will attempt the 1 km Mount Everest swim at 6000m altitude. I have to be able to swim 6 strokes without breathing and with only one breath as a repetitive macrocycle during the entire 6 km."
Belhedi calculated the following: To be able to swim at 6,000m in Mount Everest = 6 1(1/4 Oxygen) 1K
When 6 equals 6000m altitude, 1 equals one breath for each stroke, (1/4 Oxygen) is the quantity of oxygen at 6000 altitude. "This mean that I will have only 5° of oxygen compared to 23° Oxygen that exists at 0 altitude.
61 (1/4 Oxy) 1K = 061-6K
"This interoperability is possibly theoretical because when I swim at O altitude under this modal (where 1 stroke per 1 breath), he consumes a volume "V" of the existent volume of oxygen V° (23°/0 of the volume of air), but when I swim at O altitude with the modal (6 strokes per one breath), I consume only volume V where this volume is V/6 = V'. If I swim easily in V state, he will swim less easly in V' state. With hard training in the V' state, the volume of oxygen consumed in Mount Everest swim (Vme) will be reached relatively easily. Indeed the volume of oxygen existent in Mount Everest is 1/4 of V°.
The redundancy factors are ensured in this inter-operablity in accordance with the orientation that training has to be harder than the final objective on Mount Everest. Since I have to swim 1 km up on Mount Everest, I will train in Extreme Educational Respiratory or 061-6K or 6 km. Since I will have to face swimming with 5°/0 oxygen up on Mount Everest which only has 1/4 of 23°/0 of oxygen compared with sea level, I will be able to manage the limited oxygen volume of V/6 during his Extreme Educational Respiratory Training at zero altitude."
Additional information about his swim is here.
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2014 Global Open Water Swimming Conference
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The Global Open Water Swimming Conference is a conference on the sport of open water swimming, marathon swimming and swimming during triathlons and multi-sport endurance events.
The conference which has been attended by enthusiasts and luminaries from 6 continents, is devoted to providing information about the latest trends, race tactics, training techniques, equipment, psychological preparation, race organization and safety practices used in the sports of open water swimming, marathon swimming and triathlons.
The conference's mission is to provide opportunities to listen and meet many of the world's most foremost experts in open water swimming, and to meet and discuss the sport among swimmers, coaches, administrators, event organizers, sponsors, vendors, officials, escort pilots, and volunteers from kayakers to safety personnel.
Dozens of presentations at the 2014 Conference at the Mount Stuart House cover numerous aspects of the vast and growing world of open water swimming where attendees can learn and share the latest trends, race tactics, training modalities, swimming techniques, equipment, race organization, logistics, operations, and safety practices for open water swimming as a solo swimmer, competitive athlete, fitness swimmer, masters swimmer, triathlete, multi-sport athlete, administrator, race promoter, sponsor or referee.
The conference was first held in Long Beach, California as part of the 2010 USA Swimming National Open Water Swimming Championships. It has since been held on the Queen Mary in California, at Columbia University and the United Nations in New York City, and in Cork, Ireland. This year in September, it comes to another iconic location, the Mount Stuart House on the Isle of Bute in Scotland.
"The Global Open Water Swimming Conference was started due to the desire and need for athletes, coaches, referees, administrators, race directors, promoters and sponsors from around the world to share, collect and learn information about the growing sports of open water swimming, marathon swimming and triathlons," said founder Steven Munatones. "Other swimming conferences usually offering nothing on open water swimming or perhaps a speech or two, but we thought open water swimming deserves its own global conference. It is great that the community shares its information via the online social network, but there is nothing like meeting other open water swimming enthusiasts face-to-face and talking about the sport from morning to night."
Speakers at the conference include English Channel swimmers, ice swimmers, record holders, renowned coaches, world champions, professional marathon swimmers, renowned race directors, officials and administrators from the Africa, Americas, Asia, Europe and Oceania.
"Because the audience is passionate and educated about the sport and its finest practitioners, the Global Open Water Swimming Conference is also the location of the induction ceremonies for the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame and the annual WOWSA Awards that recognize the World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year, the World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year, the World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year, and the World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year. Special Lifetime Achievement Awards are also occasionally presented to individuals who have made significant contributions to the sport over their career."
The 2014 Global Open Water Swimming Conference Programme
Wednesday, September 17th
Leave Glasgow to commence 2-day tour of Scotland [closest international airport is Glasgow]
Thursday, September 18th
Stay Mainland, North of Scotland
Friday, September 19th
14:00 - Swim Loch Lomond
17:00 - Head to Isle of Bute
19:30 - Scottish Banquet
21:30 - Dinner Dance
Saturday, September 20th
09:00 - Registration & Coffee
10:00 - Speeches
12:20 - Lunch and WOWSA Awards
13:40 – Speeches
15:40 - Round Table
19:00 - International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Dinner & Induction Ceremony
Sunday, September 21st
09:00 - Registration & Coffee
10:00 - Speeches
14:30 - Swim in St Ninian's Bay on the Isle of Bute
The luminaries of the open water swimming world who will be honored in Scotland will include:
* Sandra Bucha (U.S.A.), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Swimmer and International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honour Swimmer
* Jon Erikson (U.S.A.), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Swimmer
* Claudio Plit (Argentina), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Swimmer
* Judith van Berkel-de Njis (Netherlands), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Swimmer
* David Yudovin (U.S.A.), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Swimmer
* Mercedes Gleitze (Great Britain), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Swimmer
* George Young (Canada), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Swimmer
* Dale Petranech (U.S.A.), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Contributor
* Melissa Cunningham (Australia), 2013 Irving Davids-Captain Roger Wheeler Memorial Award winner
* Vojislav Mijić (Serbia), International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honour Swimmer
* James Anderson (U.S.A.), International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honour Administrator
* Dr. Jane Katz (U.S.A.), International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honour Administrator
* Indonesian Swimming Federation, , International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honour Organisation
* Elizabeth Fry (U.S.A.), International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honour Swimmer
* Pádraig Mallon (Ireland), the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year
* Olga Kozydub (Russia), the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year
* Bering Strait Swim (international team), the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year
* International Ice Swimming Association (Ram Barkai, founder, South Africa), the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year
For additional articles on the 2014 Global Open Water Swimming Conference, visit:
* Olga Kozydub To Be Honored In Scotland
* Pádraig Mallon To Be Honored In Mount Stuart Castle
* Mount Stuart House, Splendid Setting For Swimming
* Colleen Blair To Kick-off Global Open Water Swimming Conference
* The Man Who Swims Better Than He Walks
* Joining In The Sea Goddess At The Hall Of Fame
* Mercedes Gleitze To Be Honored In Scotland
* The Incredible Career Of Merceded Gleitze
* Jon Erikson To Be Honoured In Florida
* The Incredible Career Of Mercedes Gleitze
* St Ninian's Bay To Host International Swim Conference
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