Actually didn't do as well as I hoped in Cyprus. Obviously I didn't expect to BO in CB. :duh
I just really screwed up my competition dive and hope to learn from it. I'm pretty happy with my other competition results and my training PB's of 7.02 static and 80m constant so have quite a few positive things to take away from it all.
I did the 63m UCB in early April, when the official record was still 61m. I was training seriously for the UCB world record since the start of the year. I was offered a chance to share costs in a record attempt that someone else was already doing but it didn't end up going ahead. Was a bit disappointing but rather then dwell on it, I went back to Hawaii to see what I could do. At the time I had only done 56m but knew I could do more. I didn't want to waste my training and really wanted to crack the 60m mark, just to see if I could do it. I trained with my good friends Annabel & Matt, Bill, Jessica and Leo..... and 2 Japanese divers by the name of Ryuzo and Tomoko that seemed to have stayed on the Island so long they were almost locals.
To improve I really had to work on all the little details of the whole dive. I counted strokes, worked on my streamlining, buoyancy, strength and flexibility. I did a bunch of dives in the high 50's with one 58m dive that was just perfect. When I came up I had no need to hook breathe, it just seemed too easy. Then the next dive I was keen to crack the 60m mark and overshot a little and ended up doing 63m. It was a good dive but not easy. On the surface I felt a bit out of it the first 5 seconds, I was worried I may samba but then came good quite quickly. So was clean but only just, it was close to my limits on that dive.
Frank all the best with the comp, have fun. Remember you are mostly competing with yourself, not the guy next to you.
Hope you do well in the UCB, I love it, it's really a great feeling. Truly diving free.