David Mellor Diary – Training and Competition Recap
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A Mid-Season Freediving Recap for David’s Diary 2019
Welcome to the not-so-secret freediving training diary of David Mellor!
As David reflected on his recent performance, we thought it was the perfect time for us to look back at his training and competitions and pick out some of the highs and lows so far this season. So if you’ve only just joined David’s journey, here’s a mid-season freediving recap!
2018 Set the Bar
Despite David’s vast experience as a freediver and instructor, David only got a taste for freediving competitions last year! But, he was well and truly bitten! so much so that he took early retirement and decided to spend 2019 on the freediving competition circuit!
David’s overall performance across 2018 earned him the title of Male UK Freediving Champion 2018, so he has set himself an enormous challenge already! His results in the UK competitions (results below) are what secured the title for him.
2nd Place: Double Dip: 48 with mts fim, 36mts cnf and 46mtrs cwt in Sept
3rd Place: Nationals: 124mtrs dyn, 100mtrs dnf and 5.19 static.
3rd Place: Bristol Blue (Team Event) 135mtrs dyn and 5.48 static
Vostok cup: 50mtrs cwt, 50mtrs fim and 41mtrs cnf in Oct
David’s diet has always been healthy, but during his training in the UK he was relying a lot on protein shakes to help build and maintain muscle. When he moved to Dahab he dropped the protein shakes but continued his training and ended up losing almost 5kg. Since then he’s upped his red meat consumption to put the weight and muscle back on and is back to firing on all cylinders!
Mid-Season Freediving Recap – Personal Best’s
With a couple of awesome training results David has already managed to beat some personal bests this year, and he is well on his way to achieving more! The DYNB is a brand new discipline, and David set a very respectable first official distance for himself.
Mid-Season Freediving Recap – Competitions
With three competitions under his belt this year so far, David has already had some highs and lows – but has always used them as important learning tools in his determination to continually improve technique, planning and execution.
At the National Pool championships in Bristol, David experienced his first ever blackout but, as always, David searched and found the positives:
I’m not looking at this as a set back, I have definitely learnt a valuable lesson and it has made me look at my upcoming competitions in a different way. I have reset my parameters and am really looking forward to putting my mistake right again.
I actually now feel even more positive about my future freediving
The second competition was the Dahab Mini Competition. David achieved a white card at this competition and really felt the benefit of his training with Harry.
In his most recent competition, the Dahab Championships, David went into the event feeling confident after some really positive training sessions. Although some elements of his performance disappointed him, David still secured 2nd place overall, and should feel proud of what he has achieved this season already.
Not one to stay still for very long, David is already preparing for his next competition! He has left Bali, and is now heading to the Philippines, ready for the Philippines Diving Championships in Panglao later this month!
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