The Training has begun. I have swum four days in a row and getting more excited every minute. I am having a hard time sleeping as I wonder what I have gotten myself into. I have determined that I am a bit crazy. I was informed yesterday that this will be a world record swim. This is what I was hoping for as it adds to my drive.
To be successful in anything you must be as prepared as possible. In preparing for this I have begun to form a team for this incredible adventure. Here are a few members of the team that will be with me along the way:
1.Paige Dunn - Xcel Sports Psychology Group. Paige will be helping me prepare mentally for The Tahoe Triple. Her expertise in ultra sports will be a huge help. We plan to assess everything from family life to pain management. I am excited about what Paige brings to the table because this challenge is 90% mental. www.xcelsportsgroup.com
2.Steve Munatones - Steve will be my liaison and coach. He is considered the guru of open water swimming. I feel lucky to have him by my side. Here are some of his accomplishments:
USA Swimming National Open Water Swimming Team - Coach
Coach at the 2001, 2003, 2005 and 2007 World Swimming Championships. Head coach at the 2004 World Open Water Swim Championships. Assistant coach at the 2006 and 2007 USA Swimming National Team Select Training Camps. Coach of Catalina Channel, English Channel and USA Swimming National Championship swimmers.
Open Water Swimmer
2003 inductee in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame and member of the Board of Directors. Professional marathon swimmer and 1982 World 25K Swimming Champion in Lake Windermere, U.K. Completed 5 unprecedented solo swims in Japan between 20 - 36 miles. 2001, 2005 and 2007 USA Swimming award recipient.
Open Water Swimming Writer and Commentator
NBC Olympics commentator on the Olympic 10K Marathon Swim. Reported on open water swimming for USA Swimming, FINA, Swimming World Magazine, Swimmer Magazine, Triathlon Magazine (Japanese edition), Competitor Magazine and Endurance News Network. Speaker at the 2006 World Clinic American Coaches Swimming Association World Clinic. Wrote script for the USA Swimming Open Water Swimming DVD and contributed to USA Swimming's Coaches Quarterly and numerous newspaper and magazine articles.
He is also the editor of the following open water news outlets:
3.United States Coast Guard - Lake Tahoe. They will be overseeing the swim. Providing support as needed. We may be working on some co-promotion. Stay tuned.
4.Greg Larson - Greg is a former USC swimmer and Olympic trials qualifier. Greg is one of the top dentists in San Francisco. www.larsondentistry.com. He will be assisting me as my training partner. He is always up for a challenge. Greg crewed for me at both the Triple Ironman 7.8 miles swim, 336 mile bike, 78 mile run, and The Ultraman World Championship.
Other potential Team Members
1.Martin Sundberg Photography www.martinsundberg.com
2.Jaimal Yogis www.jaimalyogis.com
As the team builds, the reality becomes clear. I will conquer The Tahoe Triple. With the right preparation, The Tahoe Triple is mine to take.... Here we go...