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MARCH 2009

TCSD Contacts Volunteer Members Board Members Event Calendar

TRIATHLON CLUB OF SAN DIEGO

MARCH CLUB MEETING March 19th, Thursday Featuring Joe Friel, author of Triathletes Training Bible, Your First Triathlon and many others.

2009 Race Series Schedule* March 21 April 11 May 9 June 13 July 11 August 15 September 12 October 17 November 14 December 12

Fiesta Island Fiesta Island Glorietta Bay Glorietta Bay Glorietta Bay Glorietta Bay Glorietta Bay Fiesta Island Fiesta Island Fiesta Island

*subject to change without notice, review club’s website for up to date info. Glorietta Bay is on Coronado Island

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Weekly Workout Calendar Member Profile New Members Ironman Conversation Race Discounts

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Friends Offering Discounts 9 Product Review 9 A Tale of Fiction 10

TriNews

SUCCUMBING TO LIQUID MEDIUM: The Anatomy of a Near Drowning from Hypothermia

By Cyrise Sanders

This is scary! It’s not the usual fun article about sea life encounters you’re accustomed to reading. I beg you. No, I implore you to READ IT ANYWAY! It may save your life or someone else’s some day. Maybe you remember me from my maiden name of Cyrise Calvin. When it comes to ocean swimming, I’m tough. I’m among the most seasoned open water swimmers in San Diego, especially at the La Jolla Cove where I’ve been a Covite for 20+ years. I begin with my credentials because I want you to know that what happened to me was astounding, shocking, and unfathomable. It could happen to anyone. It could happen to you. I swam the Catalina Channel in 1992 and was the first San Diego woman since Florence Chadwick did it 40 years before. She and I went to lunch to commemorate the event. I didn’t have any training partners. Bob West was my friend and mentor, but I mostly swam alone, (still do) and thought nothing of it. I can’t count the number of times I

swam to the Tower at La Jolla Shores (2 mi.) or the Scripps Pier (3 mi.) by myself. I successfully swam across the English Channel in 1994 after failing in 1992 (more on that later). My crossing took 10 hours, 50 minutes with a water temperature of 59°F. I still do an open water race now and then, nothing too far, just 3 to 5 miles. I’m married with 3 kids. Priorities change. Loving the ocean doesn't change. I look at the Cove on a calm day and think, “Oh, how peaceful and beautiful.” On a day when it’s windy and wild with whitecaps I think, “FUN!” It’s all good. January 10, 2009 was a Saturday like many others. I set out for the Cove to swim with my friend Rick Knepper. What a gorgeous day! Once I get there, I breathe a deep sigh at the majesty before me. It is a continued page 3


EVENT CALENDAR CONTACTS

RUNJunk.com March Duathlon March 7th, Saturday, 7am Location: East Lake Montevalle Park 840 Duncan Ranch Road Chula Vista CA 91914

Triathlon Club of San Diego P. O. Box 504366 San Diego, CA 92150-4366 www.triclubsandiego.org Send correspondence to the address above or contact president Brian Long at blong@triclubsandiego.org Membership & Renewal Send a check made payable to TCSD to the address above. Rates for new memberships & renewals: $60/year, $45 military (w/active ID), $110 family (2 adults). Additional years available at discount, see website. TCSD e-lists Subscribe to the TCSD e-mailing lists by sending a blank email with your name in the body to: TCSD-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

See web site for complete details. Newbie/Networking Meeting Monthly, 1st Thursday, 6pm Location: Hi-Tech Bikes, 7638 Clairemont Mesa Blvd.

March Club Meeting March 19th, Thursday Food begins at 5:00pm Location: Road Runner Sports 5553 Copley Ave, San Diego See web site for updates and complete details.

March Club Race March 21th, Saturday, 7am Location: Fiesta Island Distance: S 800m/ B 12 mi/ R 4 mi

Always refer to the Tri Club’s website calendar for latest events and complete details. BOARD MEMBERS President

Brian Long

blong@triclubsandiego.org

Vice President

John Hill

jhill@triclubsandiego.org

Treasurer

Wendy Harp

wharp@triclubsandiego.org

Secretary

Farah Hedwig

ftmirza2002@yahoo.com

Race Director

Cory Osth

costh@triclubsandiego.org

NEWSLETTER STAFF AND INFORMATION

Club Liaison

Raja Lahti

rvlahti@gmail.com

Newsletter Editor

VOLUNTEER COMMITTEE MEMBERS

Barbara Ferrero barbferrero@gmail.com (760) 710-7730

Beginner Coaches

Newsletter Design & Production

Sprague Design, Dean Sprague hideano@hotmail.com (858) 270-1605 Newsletter Articles Please send to Barbara Ferrero at barbferrero@gmail.com Contributing Writers Richard Duquette, Barbara Ferrero, Barbara Javor, Dean Sprague, and Craig Zelent Newsletter Classifieds Please send to Raja Lahti at rvlahti@gmail.com

Digital Newsletter or Hard Copy Choose approriate box in your on-line TCSD member profile.

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Steve Koci

(760) 415-3329

coaches@triclubsandiego.org

Farah Hedwig

ftmirza2002@yahoo.com

Dean Rosenberg

coaches@triclubsandiego.org

Steve Tally

coaches@triclubsandiego.org

Bike Case Rentals

Bob Rosen

brrosen@triclubsandiego.org

Bike Coach

Andy Concors

aconcors@triclubsandiego.org

Club Apparel

Devin Reily

dpreilly@gmail.com

(619) 895-0687

Expo Coordinators

Sherry Ashbaugh

sashbaugh@triclubsandiego.org

(858) 337-8839

Anne Fleming

afleming@triclubsandiego.org

Grand Prix (including Aqua & Duathlon) Kevin Davenport

(619) 668-0066

skycondition@gmail.com

Dean Sprague

hideano@hotmail.com

(858) 270-1605

Ironman Coach

Craig Zelent

tricraigz@yahoo.com

(760) 214-0055

New Members

Michelle Panik

mpanik@triclubsandiego.org

Publication Manager

Madonna Bentz

mbentz@triclubsandiego.com

(858) 349-5504

Race Director, Duathlon

Tyler & Suzanne Ives

ct.ives@gmail.com

(858) 688-2997

Race Director, Triathlon

Anne Kelley Brian Wrona

Social Director

Buck Williamson

JAW_IV@cox.net

Sponsorship Director

Raja Lahti

rvlahti@gmail.com

Swim, Masters Coach

Nikee Pomper

nikeepomper@gmail.com

(970) 390-1645

Swim, Open Water Director

Thomas Johnson

gatorman619@gmail.com

(619) 987-8822

Track Coach

Bill Gibbs

bgibbs@triclubsandeigo.org

Track Coach, North County

Mike Plumb

tripower2000@msn.com

Web Administrator

John Hill

jhill@triclubsandiego.org

Volunteer Committee Members

Michele Kuehner

mboehm@triclubsandiego.org


Succumbing to Liquid Medium, continued calm day. The sun is just slightly up so the sunlight streams over the red-tiled roofs at the Marine Room and the palm trees along La Jolla Shores, but, because of the angle of the sun this time of year, the hills behind La Jolla Shores are still shadowed. No clouds. No fog. Another epic day. At the Cove there is the usual gathering of “Saturday – 7:30” swimmers. I hook up with Rick and we get ready - just a bathing suit, goggles and two caps for me. We set out well after the crowd because it takes me soooo long to get in the water! Not unusual. I just get wet an inch at a time. Once it’s up to my waist I’m in and we go. The water feels cold, but no colder than any other January day. I figure 55° or 56° F. It’s about 7:45 am when we start. As we head to the Tower at the Shores, I feel okay. About ¾ of the way over I notice my feet are starting to hurt and they aren’t doing anything. “Kick feet, kick,” I tell myself. I kick a little harder, but realize that the pain is not going away. I know myself and in the thousands of swims I’ve done in these waters, my feet don’t usually hurt until after I’ve left the water. We get to within 100 yards of touching down at the Tower and I stop and tell Rick, “I need to turn back now! I’m cold!” I’ve been cold before, it’s not unusual. He says “Okay” and mentions that we were slow coming over and that we did a big “banana arc”. I’m usually the compass and hold a good line – so I like to think. Not this day. We’ve now swum about a mile and been in the cold water about 25 to 30 minutes. We turn around and head back. I’m pleased with my training lately. I’m consistent. It’s been a normal week. Monday: 3 mile run. Wednesday: Marine Room swim (1½ miles) – I was by myself and felt fabulous. Thursday: weight training. Friday: 5:30 am pool swim with my local masters group (4500 yards). So I’m a little confused, frustrated actually, as to why I can’t keep up with Rick today. Also, I start to think, “Wow, the tide must be really high because it feels like a washing machine from the backwash off the cliffs.” But, it occurs to me that there really isn’t much of a swell, and besides, I love it when it’s bumpy, right? Not today! Something is different. Something is wrong. No sooner do I have the epiphany that it’s me and not the ocean that my body shunts! Vasoconstriction, actually. Vasoconstriction is what occurs when our body shuts off blood supply to the extremities to protect the core (heart and internal organs). One’s blood pressure actually goes up as a result of the “extra” blood flowing in a more restricted area. It’s one of the most primitive self-preservation mechanisms in our bodies. It’s not something you think about. It just happens. So, I shunt. There’s no feeling in my arms and legs. Everything’s fuzzy and my brain fades quickly. I feel like I’m losing consciousness. I stop. After a few strokes, Rick notices my absence and stops. I’ve had a comfy feeling

of numbness before. Most of us that swim out here in the cold do. This is different. This is a complete cessation of blood flow and it’s not stopping at my arms and legs. The rest of me is going, too. I recall saying later that I felt my blood pressure drop. Yeah, it was dropping in my brain; my internal blood pressure was likely much higher. I’ve become disoriented. I feel like am going to sink like a rock. I am in trouble! I never understood the stories of people sinking and drowning until just now! I know this is how it happens. I know I'm going down and nothing will be able to pull me up. Although he is 60, Rick is no slouch. An ex-Navy Seal, he swam the Catalina Channel a few years ago and is currently training for a 36 mile swim. However, he’s had double knee replacements and I know that rescue-pulling me is not an option. I know that if I pass out I am dead weight and am going down. I’m responsible for my own life. As soon as Rick stops I yell to him, “I’m NOT okay! Stay with me!” Without hesitation he screams at me, “KEEP SWIMMING!” So I put my fuzzy head in the water and keep swimming. I can hear and see Rick beside me yelling for help. It gives me comfort. As I keep swimming face down, my brain gets hazier and I feel as though I’m being forced to go to sleep. I’ve fainted once before, over 20 years ago, (on land,) and I know I’m about to pass out. This time, I’m in the middle of the ocean! The blood has shunted from my arms and legs and I can feel my head is next. My panic (and possibly hyperventilation, as I’ll find out later) only seems to hasten the affects. After taking a few strokes I stop to complain to Rick, even though I know there isn’t much he can do. He doesn’t even let me begin to protest and screams, “KEEP SWIMMING!!” I take a few more strokes, but this isn’t working. Everything is dark when I put my head in the water. I’ve spent entire swims to Scripps Pier and back (3 mi.) marveling at all the different shades of green the ocean has to offer. Now the darkness terrifies me. I flop on my back. I just need a few deep breaths of air and sunlight on my face. If I pass out, maybe I can still get some air. I know this is wishful thinking. “KEEP SWIMMING!” Rick is relentless. I start swimming backstroke and forcing air in and out just to stay awake. It’s not pretty. Who knows what my arms are doing. I can’t feel them but I’m moving and am able to lift my head a little out of the water. Less cold. Still fuzzy. Most of all, I can breathe. (There is something to be said for having gone through childbirth three times. Not to mention all the swimming and training I’ve done over the years.) I try to get my breathing into a rhythm and keep the haziness that is taking over at bay. I continued page 15

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TCSD WEEKLY WORKOUT CALENDAR

MEMBER PROFILE MARIANNE RITMEESTER Member since: 2005

Monday 6:00 PM

Computrainer Cycling and ErgVideo

6:00 PM

Group Run, 4-6 miles, all paces welcome.

7:30 PM

Pool Swim (long course) in La Jolla/UTC

Location: Coastal Sports and Wellness. •

Location: Movin Shoes, Encinitas.

Location: JCC, 4126 Executive Dr.

Tuesday 6:00 AM

Bike Workout in Solana Beach, 27 miles, all levels. Bike Workout in Point Loma Run 5+ miles in Mission Bay

6:00 PM

Track Workout in Carlsbad, a coached session

Location: Front of B&L Bikes.

Location: Moment Cycle Sports, 1357 Rosecrans.

6:30 AM 6:00 PM

Location: Mission Bay Jetty parking lot. •

Location: Carlsbad H.S. Track.

Age group: F 50-54

Wednesday

Status: Married

5:30 PM

Advanced MTB Training

6:00 PM

Bike Workout in Coronado

7:00 PM

Winter Spin Class

7:30 PM

Pool Swim (long course) in La Jolla/UTC

Location: Penasquitos Canyon Side Park (east pkg lot). •

Location: Starting at Holland’s Bicycles.

Location: Rehab United PT & Sports Performance Center. •

Favorite Race/Tri Event: California 70.3 and Boston Marathon

Location: JCC, 4126 Executive Dr.

Thursday 6:00 AM

Bike Workout in Solana Beach, 27 miles, all levels.

6:30 AM

Bike Workout in Point Loma

5:30 PM

East County Trail Run, Contact: Florian Hedwig for more information (619) 820-2388,

Location: Front of B&L Bikes.

Location: Starting at Moment Cycle Sports.

florian.hedwig@sbbtral.com or surfingflo@gmail.com.

Friday 6:45 AM

Ocean Swim in Solana Beach, in the water at 7. • Location: at Fletcher Cove

Saturday Bike Workout in Del Mar, all levels welcome. (Hwy 101 & 15th st.)

Location: Meet at Starbucks

Sunday 7:30 AM

Penasquitos Trail Run

7:45 AM

Run (starts at 8 sharp) and Ocean Swim (in the water at 9) in Del Mar • Location: Meet at

Contact: Mark Kenny for more information (760) 271-2003

Powerhouse Park. 8:30 AM

REAL Beginners Bike Ride (see following page or calendar on website for complete details)

** Starts after daylight saving time, but check TCSD website for complete details.

Favorite local restaurant: Vigilucci's Osteria in Oceanside. Best Leg/Event: Hard to say, I like every part of it. After the swim, always looking forward to the ride and after the ride, looking forward to the run. PR: Camp Pendleton International 2008 in 2:45:24 (winning my age group). Too bad it is not available in 2009.

(I-5, to Lomas Santa Fe west) 8:00 AM

Before I became a triathlete I was: runner and swimmer

Most Embarrassing or Disastrous Moment: Crashing one week before San Diego International and breaking my shoulder blade. That ended the 2005 tri season for me but managed to do runs clutching my arm to my waist. Equipment wish list: I have all I need. My Equipment: Wetsuit: Xterra Bike: Specialized Running Shoe: Asics continued page 6

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MEMBER PROFILE, continued Can’t Race Without: A little pre-race caffeine boost. Best advice: Relax and enjoy. I've done my best races when undertrained (which was not by choice).

NEW MEMBERS Leigh Adams

REAL BEGINNERS BIKE RIDE Sunday, March 22nd, 8:30 am The TCSD Real Beginner’s Bike Ride takes place on the 56 bike path and is a club ride where NOBODY gets left behind. If you can ride comfortably for at least 60 minutes without stopping (total ride time 90-minutes) then this ride is for you. Please have at least minimal cycling ability (can ride, shift, and corner your bike adequately). Be ready for a couple moderate climbs on the first half of the ride, but beginners need hills too! We will have a brief bike talk at 8:30am, and be rolling by 9am. Helmets are MANDATORY. We will help you change your flats along the way, but please be equipped with your own tubes to carry on the ride.

Hitomi Aihara Paul Anderson Shannon Baker Amy Baldwin

Questions? Contact Dean and ’the Steve’s’ at coaches@triclubsandiego.org

Jennifer Bennie Nat Blaesser

Schedule of Events: 8:30–8:50: Bike Q&A 9:00 - ??: Bike Ride Directions: I-5 to Carmel Valley Road. East on Carmel Valley Road to El Camino Real. South (RIGHT) on El Camino Real. In about 1/2 mile, RIGHT into the parking lot for California Bank and Trust.

Frank Borik William Broms

BEGINNER’S MEETING & TRIATHLON 101

Michael Brown Desa Burton

Monday, March 10th, 6:00 pm

Sinead Clancy Michael Clinch

The monthly talk is specifically designed to get you started in the sport of triathlon, and our goal is to de-mystify triathlon, and remove the ‘intimidation factor.’ We will cover triathlon basics from A to Z. All questions fair game! NON-MEMBERS WELCOME!

Lucy Coburn Heather Davies Joseph Dierdorf Dan Egoroff Karri Egoroff

Contact: Questions or comments can be sent to your beginner coaches Steve T, Dean R, and/or Steve K at coaches@triclubsandiego.com

Bob Esch Alana Evans Donna Evans

Where: B&L Bike & Sport - San Diego Store 3603 Camino Del Rio West San Diego, CA 92110 (619) 294-9300 Directions: It’s right off Interstate 5 at Rosecrans across from Hampton Inn.

Maren Fitzgibbons Theresa Fuentes

We’ve chosen what we believe are the highest quality and most flavorful

Jeff Fuller

coffee beans in the world – single origin Guatemalan coffee and single-origin 100% Kona, Single origin means consistency, which is the first step in producing a superior, “non-blended” coffee - harvested form the same farms each and every time. The high-altitude and volcanic soil in Guatemala and Kona make for some of the best coffee growing conditions in the world.

Rhett Gilman James Harden Aaron Harding Kyle Hayslip Ross Hillesheim

To order, go to www.mdotcoffee.com

Richard Holloway Vanessa Homyak

Use code TCSD to receive 25% off your order. continued page 7

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(This discount does not apply to the KONA coffee.)


IRONMAN CONVERSATION WITH CRAIG ZELENT I had the chance recently to sit down and talk triathlon with my long time good friend and former roommate, Osamu Chiba. Please join me as we get to know this TCSD legend.

NEW MEMBERS, cont. Michelle Hysell Martin Katz Jodi Kennedy

Craig: What was your athletic background prior to triathlon?

Patrici Kormanik

Osamu: I’ve been active my whole life, and I particularly loved soccer, karate, and motocross as I was growing up.

Amy Larson

Craig: What was it like for you to move from Japan to the US?

Linda Machado

Osamu: I was almost 19 years old when I left Japan, and that was on December 4, 1991. I finished high school and was going to Palomar College from Spring Semester in the following year. I didn’t know anyone in the U.S., but I thought I would just stay in a motel for a few days until I would find a permanent place near the college. While I was trying to figure out how to go to San Marcos in the SD airport, an old Japanese lady Osamu and family, wife Jessica and daughter daughter approached to me. Once I explained my Maya and their best friend Tahoe. situation, she helped me out to start my life in the U.S. Needless to say, I can never a restaurant for lunch. They even gave me a thank her enough. At that time, I could under- present. It was sad to move out of San Diego, stand what people were saying (well, not for sure. always), but my speaking definitely needed to Craig: What Ironman races have you done? be improved. Osamu: Vineman in 1998 and Ironman Florida

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Craig: How did you get started with triathlons?

Valerie Stakes

Osamu: I wrecked my car back in December 1992 while I was driving in L.A. So I had to sell my dirt bike to get a replacement car. That’s how I quit motocross. Soon, a friend of mine told me about triathlons, and I decided to give it a shot since I didn’t like being inactive. I went back to Japan in the summer of 1993 to make money. I came back to the U.S. for the fall semester and bought a tri-bike at Fleet Feet in Solana Beach. Craig: What are some of your favorite memories about the early days of the Tri Club? Osamu: I joined the club back in September 1993. Before transferring to Humboldt State University in 1995, some members took me to

Joe Kubicki Andy Larson Suzanne Lawson Rosalyn Malihan

in 1999. In each race, I walked or limped at least 10 miles and I finished 12:15 at V-man and 12 and a half hours at IM Florida. Not fun to walk when you are supposed to run. Craig: You have done a lot of races over the years from sprint triathlons to Ironmans to Xterras to mountain bike races. What is your favorite multisport race and why?

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Osamu: Xterra. Because of my motocross background, the mountain bike part of off-road triathlons came naturally to me, and I was a better rider than many. Usually I don't pass much in road triathlons because courses are generally flat and nothing is technical. In my second Xterra, San Dimas in 2000, I passed a continued page 8

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Ironman Conversation, continued TCSD RACE DISCOUNTS

TCSD members to know about your friendship with Jim? Osamu: He treated me like a little brother, and helped me out even when I didn't ask. Now I know he did similar things for other people, but I don't know if anyone else stopped by to see him as much as I did. Maybe Jonathan Toker did as well since he was living so close. As adults, we are all busy and don’t have much time to hang out with friends to just do nothing. But Jim was one of very few people I hung out with quite often on the weekends. And Jim always welcomed me.

To get your club discount, some events require club members to use mail-in application and include a photocopy of TCSD membership card. No refunds of the discounted amount will be given if you have already sent in your name and application. Subtract the discounted amount from the total and be sure to also write Triathlon Club of San Diego somewhere on the application. Additionally, visit the clubs discount section on the web for additional details about discounts. Auburn International Half-Ironman (World’s Toughest Half, Olympic and Long Course Duathlon Nationall Championships). TCSD members enjoy $10 off entry. Big Kahuna Triathlon $15 off. Elite Racing $10 off Rock & Roll Marathon. See website for additional race discounts. www.EliteRacing.com Kathy Loper Events www.kathyloperevents.com $3 off all events. At least a dozen local 5Ks, 10Ks and half marathons. For a complete list go to the website. Klein and Clark Sports Productions 10% off on both the April and November Desert Triathlon in Palm Springs. Koz Enterprises $5 off all events. Spring Sprint Triathlon, San Diego International Triathlon, Solana Beach Triathlon, Imperial Beach Triathlon, Mission Bay Triathlon, Silver Strand Half Marathon. Pacific Sports LLC $10 off all events. Los Angeles Triathlon, Newport Beach Triathlon, Long Beach Triathlon, Catalina Island Triathlon, Catalina Marathon. continued page 9

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1998 24hrs of Adrenalin, clockwise from top left include Mark Schoffstall, Terry Hedgecock, Dave Krosch, Osamu, and the late Jim McCann. lot of people on the bike. I actually didn't know how much I made up on the bike, but my long-time friend Dave Krosch DNF’d in the race, so he saw me arrive back in the transition area when there weren't too many bikes. When Dave told me that after the race, I realized Xterra would be for me. Craig: How did you meet your wife, Jessica? Osamu: I kind of knew her through the TCSD e-mail since she was a social director. One weekend I met her in a bike ride (which ended up cancelled due to bad weather). And weeks later my buddy Rob and I rode up to Palomar when the weather was pretty ugly. Coming down from the top, I was really shivering because I was not prepared for the cold. Rob didn't think I would be in any trouble so he never looked back. Somewhere in the middle of (slooooooooow) descending I saw Jessica riding up and told her not to go. We both stopped and she realized that I couldn’t speak well because my mouth was frozen. So I borrowed her arm warmers, and she rode with me down to the store. Later that night we ended up having a 1 on 1 dinner at Todai to celebrate her birthday because all of her friends cancelled. That's how we started. Craig: TCSD President, Jim McCann who passed away much too soon at the age of 46 in 2007 was your best friend. What would you like

Craig: Besides your former roommate, who is your favorite triathlete of all time? Osamu: Mike Pigg because he always pushed really really really hard at races (and of course in training!). Plus, he didn’t surrender to ITU when he was threatened to be banned from ITU races. A triathlon in Australia had been using the phrase “World Cup” as part of its name even before ITU existed. But ITU didn't like it and wanted them to drop that. ITU also warned that any athletes who would compete in the Australian race would be banned from ITU races. That was around 1992 or 1993, I think. It was a big deal for Pigg because he

Osomu’s favorite picture, retouched to bring out the subject matter; his wife Jessica.


was a short distance guy and ITU races were where he made a living. Mark Allen and Scott Tinley were also banned, but they were Ironman guys so they didn't care about ITU. I am not sure if there's any other professional triathlete who could do like Mike did.

foggy when we got there, but the sunlight just came through leaves and branches when we started shooting. It was a beautiful moment.

Craig: You are an awesome professional photographer and most TCSD members are familiar with your company, Opix. This may be really tough because you’ve only taken millions of photos, but is there 1 photo or type of photo that you are the most proud of?

Craig: What would you like people to know about Opix that they might not be aware of?

Osamu: I took the photo (previous page) around May 2006 at Balboa Park, about 2 months before our Maya was born. It was

Honestly, nothing really stands out in my action pictures. I seem to make better ones every year.

Osamu: Opix is way better than Brightroom and Action Sports International because... a) At Opix, you do not see totally-out-of-focus photos because they are weeded out in the sorting process. Professional photographers should never show their bad pics. Those comcontinued page 16

PRODUCT REVIEW: Sable WaterOptics There are basic principles to purchasing a good set of swim goggles: Fit/Comfort, antiLeakage and anti-Fog. That is what I have always followed. Last November at a race, I realized I had forgotten to bring my race goggles and needed a mirrored pair for the expected sunny conditions on race day. Then I discovered Sable WaterOptics. I had never heard of them before and was getting ready to purchase my regular brand of goggles, Aqua Sphere Kamins. The sales rep was talking to some other athletes, so I listened in as I checked out the sample goggles on the table. I heard him say the price, and was kind of turned off. I thought all gogles were the same...fit/comfort, anti-leak and anti-fog, why would anyone pay that much? About $45. Well, it’s in the name, these are not goggles, they are water optics. This should give a little clue. The sales rep was saying the lenses are comparable to “Oakley”. Fortunatley, I had my regular Kamins (not mirrored) with me to instantly compare and see what he was talking about. I held up my goggles and then

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quickly switched to the Sable WaterOptics. I could not believe the difference. The optical clarity was amaxing. The Sable WaterOptics were about 30 to 40% clearer than the brand of goggles I have been using for years. It was an instant sale! This is achieved by their Aspherical & Flat Lens Technology that eliminates the distortion typical of swim goggles.

Since then, I’ve had the opportunity to thoroughly compare them to a few other brands and styles of goggles. Every time I switched back to the Sables the difference was amazing. Pool and ocean swimming are a whole new experience. I can see so much further and everything is much clearer. Sable WaterOptics offer 2 styles, Competition and Recreation. Within that, they offer tinted and mirrored lenses. Prescripton lenses are also available. The anti-fog is pretty amazing and their warranty is second to none. Retail price $45, well worth the investment. www.sablewateroptics.com Reviewed by: Dean Sprague, PedPowerPerform Lab.

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TRAINING PARTNERS A Tale of Fiction

By Barbara Javor

wasn’t thinking about Susie’s dog Frizzy when she called and dropped the bombshell. Susie was my former college roommate, and she phoned to announce she had accepted a teaching position overseas for a year. We had both weathered failed relationships recently, and it sounded like going away would do her a world of good. To help get through the loneliness several months ago, she had adopted a scruffy little dog she named Frizzy. “Will you keep Frizzy for me while I’m gone?” Silence. “I’ve asked everyone I know. You have a house and a yard, and besides he would make a good training partner for your runs. Please? I don’t know who else to ask.” I couldn’t turn Susie down, and at the beginning of summer, Frizzy became my housemate. I had never owned a dog and didn’t know what to expect. For an animal that stood no higher than my knees, he had quite an imperious and rather Napoleonic nature. I thought of renaming him Napoleon, but instead picked Wolfgang. It had a strong and regal ring to it, and was certainly a more serious name than Frizzy. I needed a serious running partner. Susie hadn’t trained him to walk obediently, so I bought a second collar and leash that I hoped he’d associate with steady trotting while I jogged. Wolfgang wasn’t the best learner, and I wasn’t the best teacher, but I thought things would improve as the summer wore on. My favorite trails ran through the greenway parks that bordered the river in town. They were popular with pedestrians and runners, both with and without dogs. Any time we came near a dog, I had to stop, rein in

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Wolfgang, and admonish him to curb his aggressiveness. One afternoon early in the summer before the heat came to stay for the season and while the river was still running high with spring run-off, a flock of geese had gathered on the grass near the water. A resident population of ducks usually foraged near the river, and Wolfgang always took great delight in barking and scaring them away. When he caught sight of the geese, I imagine he thought they were big ducks with long necks. Before I had a chance to react, he lunged and darted after them, yanking the leash from my hand. Unlike the ducks who usually took to the air, the geese formed a noisy gang, circled the dog, and started pecking at him while herding him towards the water. “No!” I ran across the grass and pathways, through the bushes, and over an old river gravel bar. It was too late. They had forced Wolfgang into the water where the edge was steep enough for him to lose his footing. When I reached the water’s edge, Wolfgang was frantically trying to swim back to the bank as the current swept him downstream. Nobody was nearby to grab him. “Wolfgang!” I ran a few paces downstream, but the current was forcing him further and further from the shore into rougher water. He was desperately dogpaddling in the churning water, heading towards the boulders a few hundred yards downstream. I jumped into the cold water, the chill gripping my chest and making me feel breathless the first moments as I windmilled my arms while keeping my head above water. By mid-summer, the water is warmer and lower, and kids and adults run the river in


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inner tubes through and past the smooth boulders downstream where the currents set up standing waves and easy class-one rapids. With the water running about two feet higher now, the boulders forced the water to roil in class-two rapids with the potential peril of a sucking hole behind them. Wolfgang was about fifteen feet in front of me, and we were heading straight for the boulders. “I’m coming! I’m coming!” I gasped as I slowly closed the gap between us. He appeared to be floating faster than I was, and even with my hard strokes and kicks, it seemed to take forever to reach him. When I finally grabbed Wolfgang, I saw pure terror in his eyes. I clutched the little dog tightly to my chest with one arm and awkwardly tried to maneuver us towards the bank. We were just about in the middle of the river. The sounds of the water running over rocks grew louder, but I thought I heard someone shouting. I quickly looked around for someone in a raft or kayak, but saw no one. I kept trying to move us towards shore as the river con-

tinued to sweep us towards the boulders. Again I thought I heard shouts. When I turned to my left, I saw a big, black, furry head just inches from mine. “Eeeee!” “Seek puppy!” I distinctly heard a man’s voice shout. The furry head belonged to a Labrador retriever, and when the man shouted the words again, the retriever tried to grab Wolfgang by the scruff of the neck. “He can rescue your dog!” the man shouted. “Let him carry the puppy! Can you swim to shore?” “Yes!” I didn’t know whether to believe the man and the lab’s ability, but I did know we’d wipe out and possibly drown if we hit the boulders. We were now less than a hundred yards away from the frothing water. I had no choice but to relinquish Wolfgang to the burly, black dog that grasped Wolfgang by the neck like a stuffed toy. I grabbed the lab by the back of his neck so the three of us stayed

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Succumbing to Liquid Medium, continued just need to stay conscious. I’ve got tunnel vision. Tunnel vision is loss of peripheral vision with retention of central vision. In my case it’s caused by blood loss or a drop in blood pressure in the brain. I can only focus on what’s immediately in front of me. I don’t really see Rick, but I hear him and know he’s beside me. He’s yelling for help in between strokes. It’s comforting, but I begin to wonder if anyone has heard him. We were in the middle when my crisis came. We were about ½ mile from shore in either direction. The middle. It doesn’t matter how many thousands of miles I’ve swum in my life, in these very waters, there is no way I’m going to make that last half mile. I pray for strength. I think of my family and hold each of my children in my heart and pray that God will do the same with me. Mostly, I just pray for strength. I’m not expecting God to lift me out of the water, but I pray He gives me the strength and the will to keep swimming even though everything in my body is saying, “STOP, and let go.” My judgment is impaired. It seems as though I’ve been swimming for 15 minutes since the trouble began. It was probably only half that. I’m still doing backstroke and I figure we must be getting close to the Cove. Maybe I’ll actually make it to shore before the lifeguards get to us. I’m in the washing machine, but decide to roll over and try to gauge where we are. I’m hoping for Razor Reef, which would mean only a few hundred yards to go. I turn over and see the ¼ mile buoy in the distance which means we have well over ¼ mile to go. My heart sinks. I try to ask how much further with a twist on the classic, “Aren’t we there yet?” I’m not sure the words ever come out or if they are only in my mind. “KEEP SWIMMING!” Rick doesn’t let me stop to complain. I return to backstroke. It’s working for me. I’m incredibly cold and in pain. More praying. My neck is getting stiff from trying to keep my head out of the water while swimming. (I’ve since learned that the Coast Guard specifically recommends that you NOT swim backstroke as it is the stroke that causes the most heat loss.)

In my case though, it works. There is no way I can put my face back in the water. I’m losing blood flow to my head. The cold on my face just makes me want to clench my jaw and eyes shut and sleep. This will lead to a phenomenon called spontaneous inspiration or gasp reflex. It is another primitive response to cold water due to not getting enough air because of shallow breathing. These involuntary breaths will ultimately lead you deep into the drowning episode by aspirating water into your lungs. I think I’ve been swimming for awhile and can tell we have company. There are a few swimmers with wetsuits, (a novel concept) and I recognize Bruce Beech. I can hear Rick issuing some sort of orders for them to get me to swim more towards the Cove. Like I said, it isn’t pretty. (Who knows, maybe I was headed out to sea or swimming in circles.) The sun is in my eyes, but one of the guys offers me his neoprene cap. “No,” I say. I just have to keep swimming. Bruce, a pleasant and familiar face, gets next to me and offers to give me his wetsuit. If only he knew what was going through my mind. It's ludicrous. I tell him I can’t stop. It would take too long….at least, I think I said that. My flotilla of wetsuiters stays with me. I don’t hear Rick anymore. I figure he’s sprinted to get closer to the Cove to try to get someone to call 911. The lifeguards aren’t due to come on duty until 9:00. City budget. Looking back and doing the math, it was probably between 8:30 and 8:45 at that point. I didn’t have 5 more minutes in me, let alone 30 minutes. I look over, maybe I’ve stopped, I’m not sure, and I see Rick is at the ¼ mile buoy and he’s trying to climb on it and yell for help. He seems really far away. In my delirium I think, “Why don’t I climb onto the buoy and hold on?”, but it seems too far away and I’m not sure I could hold on anyway. I keep swimming. Eventually, I hear, “They’re coming.” Huge relief! But I still won’t let myself stop swimming. I wait until the last possible moment as the lifeguard Jet Ski pulls up next to me, stops, and I reach for the rescue board that’s behind it. I can’t see anything. I don’t even

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Training Partners, continued together, rolled onto my back, and kicked and sculled towards shore while watching our approach to the standing waves and the boulders. We’re not going to make it. We’re going to get sucked in a hole. Having run the river many times in inner tubes, I knew where the outermost boulder lay in wait. As we neared it, I floated feet first, flexed my legs, and gave a mighty shove the instant my feet made contact with the underwater block of granite. It propelled the lab, Wolfgang, and me several feet sideways and away from the vortex that loomed behind the boulder. Then I started sculling and kicking frantically as the big dog swam and the three of us made slow progress towards the bank. I could now hear the man’s words distinctly as he ran down the river bank parallel to us. “That’s it! C’mon, Pedro! C’mon, boy! You’re almost here!” We floated over a bar of sharp rocks and cobbles in water about two feet deep. The lab’s legs gained purchase on the bottom and he hurtled across the bar. I released him but stumbled as I tried to run and paddle my way

across. Then the lab plunged into deeper water again close to shore where the weakened current slowed his downstream drift. Shortly after, I plunged in behind him, stroking and kicking hard so we both emerged from the water at the same time. “Good boy! Good boy!” the man said as he grabbed Wolfgang. “Are you all right?” he asked me. For a moment I couldn’t speak as I gasped for air. Fear, cold, adrenalin, and the effects of the effort in the water had sapped even the energy of my vocal chords. “Thank you for rescuing us,” I managed to say in a raspy voice. “Thank you and your dog.” The retriever and Wolfgang repeatedly shook the water from their coats, and then the large dog sat and began to lick the water off Wolfgang. I was dumbfounded—Wolfgang never let other dogs near him without a growl, let alone lick him. “You did a good job, Pedro,” the man told the lab as he rubbed his head. The man looked at me and saw I was beginning to shiver. “It looks like we need to get both of you dry.” He continued page 18

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Training Partners, continued removed his windbreaker and wrapped it around my shoulders. “Did you drive to the park or walk?” “I was jogging. My car’s at home.” “May I give you a ride?” With my teeth chattering uncontrollably, I simply nodded. We walked quickly, with the two dogs walking close together and leading the way. “I’m Ethan, and this is Pedro,” the man said, “but you already met him.” I introduced myself and Wolfgang. As we walked, I learned Ethan was training Pedro to be a water rescue dog. I was pretty sure I had seen them in the park before, but we had never spoken. I told Ethan how I came to be Wolfgang’s pet-sitter, and the geese that had led him astray. I was still chilled to the bone when we arrived at his car and when he parked in front of my house. Wolfgang was also wet and shivering. “Thank you for everything,” I said as I opened the car door. “Wolfgang needs to be toweled dry and you need a hot shower to stave off hypothermia,” Ethan said. “If you’d like, I could dry him outside while you shower.” As he spoke, the two dogs piled out of the car and began chasing each other like puppies. I had never seen Wolfgang like another dog, let alone play with one. I didn’t want to ruin the moment, so I agreed. The shower and dried dogs led to an invi-

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tation for a cup of coffee, followed by a dinner of heated leftovers and sandwiches, and finally glasses of wine. The two tired dogs were sprawled near each other on the dining room floor when Ethan finally stood to leave my house at nine o’clock. After that day, we started meeting regularly at the park as I continued the routine of encouraging Wolfgang to trot next to me obediently while logging my running miles. After a few meetings, we switched—Pedro with his longer legs and lumbering gait was more suited for jogging with me, and Ethan spent the time training Wolfgang to heel and obey properly. As the summer wore on, sometimes we’d leave the dogs home and go on bike rides. Other times we’d take the dogs to a lake where I did my long swims. “If you tell Pedro to abide, he’ll swim close by without trying to rescue you,” Ethan said. On those hot summer days, Pedro was my swim training partner while Ethan and Wolfgang stayed on shore. Wolfgang never went more than knee-deep in the water since that fateful day in June, and he’d yip and bark as Pedro and I approached the shore. The moment we stepped out of the water, he’d run to me briefly, and then try to grab Pedro by the neck as they ran across the sand. Since Pedro had rescued Wolfgang, the two dogs had become inseparable. As for Ethan and me—well, it looks like we’re becoming partners too, and not just training partners.

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Succumbing to Liquid Medium, continued know who’s rescuing me. There are handles on the rescue board. I grab on and surprise myself that I can hold something even though I can’t feel my arms, or see. The lifeguard on the back pins me down so I don’t roll off. I’m not going anywhere. I hear the lifeguard say we’re going to the Cove since it’s the closest. It occurs to me that I probably hadn’t swum that far after all. I was in the 56°F water for about one hour. They plop me down in the Cove. Despite my previous impression that it was a washing machine, there’s no surf. The water is calm. Good. I can’t stand up, but someone grabs me from behind. Somehow they get me going, taking a few steps. I’m wobbly, but I think I am walking on my own. The Cove lifeguard is there to greet us. Thank God he came on duty early. They do the hand off and he guides me up the stairs. It is someone I know, Jim Birdsell, an old friend of my husband’s. He asks me my name. I comply, but am wondering why he doesn’t recognize me. Then it occurs to me that I must look like crap. It isn’t until later that I realize he was gauging my condition. He gets me into the warm shower at the lifeguard station. I’m a noodle and slink to the floor. Ahhhh, it feels good! I know I’m in trouble and not out of danger yet. Who knows what my internal core temperature is. Jim stays with me, talking to me and asking questions. I receive a few visitors. Rick looks in on me. I realize he didn’t get the Jet Ski ride back and still had a ¼ mile swim after they plucked me out. I tell him to please use the gallon jug of hot water I brought to pour over my head, continued page 20

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as I won’t need it. (A custom among us winter swimmers, it's just enough to take the edge off.) Bob West, no stranger to crisis in the ocean, comes in to see me. He asks me if his wife Marva should call my husband. I tell him not to bother. What was I thinking? I don’t know, I guess I didn’t want him to have to shuffle the kids. My perception was way off. Even though I knew I was in trouble – still, part of me thought I’d be all set up after this nice shower. I had no idea how long it would take to recover. In hindsight, I would’ve done a few things differently. After 5 or 10 minutes in the shower, paramedics arrive. (Again, my perception of time could be way off.) They just look at me for awhile and talk about me as I remain a noodle on the shower floor. Finally I ask someone to take my temperature. Someone produces an ear thermometer, but he assures me that this is not my core temp. I don’t want to leave the warmth of the shower, but just crane my neck and give him an ear. He tells me it is 94° F, but that it is not my core temp and if it were I’d be dead. I’ve since learned this isn’t necessarily true; you don’t go into cardiac arrest until about 86°F, but you will lose consciousness at 89.6°. Not that I’m encouraging anyone to push it further, but that’s what the medical texts say. I also know that even though I had a few more degrees to go before cardiac arrest, a loss of consciousness due to hypothermia or even due to hyperventilation from the panic that ensued, may well have lead to my demise. There is a Jacuzzi across the street from the Cove at the La Jolla Athletic Club. I seem to be coming around so they escort me up there to continue the thawing process. Up in the Jacuzzi there are about ten or so swimmers that have heard of or seen some portion of the event unfold. More familiar faces. I can tell by the way they are looking at me that I still look like crap. The paramedics continue to attend to me while I get neck-deep in bubbles. They


ask me if I want transport to an ER. This is crazy! Why would I want to leave this warm water? And besides, fellow swimmers Barbara Held, a former fireman, and Cindy Walsh, an ICU nurse, are with me in the Jacuzzi. I’m thawing nicely so I sign the release. I’m in good hands. The girls don’t take their eyes off me. I ask for a piece of fruit, someone fetches me a piece of pizza. Other folks offer up drinks, warm of course, and a cell phone so I can call my husband. Rick comes in to make sure I’m okay. After over an hour, I dry off and get dressed. Cindy and Barbara walk me down to the Cove. I visit briefly with the lifeguards trying to get a grasp on what just happened. I’m tired but feel okay so I drive myself home, a much different person than when I awoke that morning. Epilogue It has been three weeks since the event and I am still recovering. I spent almost three days in bed, exhausted. I did go to the ER for follow up the next morning (Sunday). The doctor complied with all sorts of tests, since I had the burning question, “Why now? Why did this happen to me now?” Not to mention my chest was sore. So, after blood tests, chest x-ray, EKG, (standing and resting,) and a stress echocardiogram, (Tuesday) the doctor determines that I’m in “perfect health”. While in the ER, the doctor, who I liked, lectured me on hyperventilation. At the time I was thinking, “What is he talking about? I had hypothermia, not hyperventilation.” I’ve since realized that it could be a factor and is therefore worth mentioning. I was definitely hypothermic, but hyperventilation could hasten the symptoms and cause one to pass out, giving the same end result if in the middle of the ocean. God put Rick in my life for a reason. I find out later that not only is Rick an ex-Navy SEAL, but he is an ex-Navy SEAL trainer and still works with them. His background with the SEALs, training with both military and civilian swimmers in cold water, has provided many experiences with rescuing or assisting hypothermic swimmers. His observation is that no two instances of hypothermia are the same. I know this to be true. Remember my failed

English Channel attempt in 1992? It was due to hypothermia. This felt different. Then I was cold and in pain, burning pain, like being on fire but from the cold. Five hours into my crossing I was cruising and on-track to do a fast swim, 8½ to 9 hours. The water temp was 63°F, balmy for the Channel. I would whine and complain every 20 minutes at my feedings. My friends, Bob West and Janette Piankoff, and my sister, Tara, took turns getting into the water with me. They plead with me to keep swimming because I had worked so hard and was doing so well. I responded with tears, complaints and even heaved my water bottle at Bob in anger. But I wasn’t disoriented, didn’t have tunnel vision and didn’t shunt until two hours later. It wasn’t until I had been in the water for over 7 hours that I got out. By that time I was definitely losing motor control, my stroke count dropped way down, but I didn’t have to be rescued. I got out using my own strength. There is no ordinary day in the cold ocean. What we do is dangerous and should not be taken for granted. Here are some guidelines for PREVENTION: n Depth of experience is valuable but doesn’t guarantee safety. n Always swim with a partner, especially when the water gets “cold”. n Layer up – wear extra caps, neoprene caps, or even a wetsuit. Most heat is lost through the top of the head. n Know yourself. Know what is normal for you. Alert your partners when things are not right. n Know your partner. Know what is normal for him or her. n If you don’t feel right when you get to the shore on the far side, (the Tower, Pier or Marine Room,) GET OUT and ask for help. Even if the lifeguards aren’t on duty at the Tower, a call to 911 will get you the patrol lifeguards or the help you need. The guards are on the beach at the Shores setting up at 8:00am, but aren’t watching the water until 9:00am in the winter. n YELL if there’s trouble. Rick was heard before he was seen. It was his voice that prompted the 911 call from a bystander at the Clam, (the cliffs across from Goldfish Point Café.)

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Succumbing to Liquid Medium, continued I’m told the lifeguards never spotted me in distress. n WAVE your ARMS – the universal sign for distress. Keep doing this until the lifeguards get to you, otherwise they may not be able to spot you. If there is more than one of you helping a distressed swimmer, take turns waving and yelling. Conversely, don’t wave to your friends unless you really need help or you may get rescued. n Know your quickest and safest exit from the water. Rick later told me that he could have gone either direction, Shores or Cove. He chose the Cove because he knew the chance of having other swimmers come upon us was greater. Your best chances of being heard is the Clam area, but beware of the surf. n The fact that I kept swimming saved my life because I would have drowned otherwise. n EAT and hydrate. You will survive longer in the cold water. Oh yeah, I hadn’t eaten that morning. Not unusual for me, but notable. Signs and Symptoms of Hypothermia Hypothermia happens when the body loses heat faster than it can replenish it. The medical definition of hypothermia is a dangerously low body temperature, below 95°F. Symptoms include: n Uncontrollable shivering. n Confusion, irritation, clumsiness, slurred speech. n Swimming erratically – often swimmers are found going in circles. n Euphoria – an exaggerated feeling of physical and mental well-being, especially when not justified by external reality. n Blurred vision. n Lack of coordination. Muscle stiffness.

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Care and Treatment of Hypothermia n Remove the victim from the water. Call 911. n Check ABC’s: Airway, Breathing and Circulation. n Check D, (degrees,) if possible. n If no breathing or heartbeat, start CPR. n Prevent further heat loss. n Prevent Afterdrop - warm them slowly, handling gently. Afterdrop happens when the cold blood from the skin and extremities is introduced into the warmer core. Basically, as you re-warm, and blood-flow from the extremities restarts too fast, then all the cold blood from the extremities now goes back into the core and shocks the heart. The same could happen with rough handling which can “jolt” the cold, shunted blood to flow to the heart.The heart may exhibit tachycardia or fibrillation, (loss of a rhythmic, coordinated heart beat.) Warm them in a shower, wrap them in blankets or towels and give them warm, NOT hot, liquids. What Would I Have Done Differently? This is all 20/20 hindsight, but here’s what I would do given my new perspective: n Eat breakfast before I swim. Oatmeal with ginger and cinnamon is great for promoting internal warmth. n Heed the signals my body is giving me. (Hey, like just getting out of the water at the Shores). n Take the ambulance ride! It all worked out, but who knows what my core temp was or if I had some sort of heart arrhythmia. It’s best if they check you immediately after an episode.

Many Thanks Thank you to the stranger who made the 911 call and to the lifeguards who responded quickly even though they weren’t even supposed to be on duty yet. Also, thanks to the lifeguards that helped me fill in so many of the details after the event and those that helped in the editing of this document, including Joe Barnett. Thanks to all those deputized as my guardians along the way – my wetsuited friends: Bruce, Tony and Mark, and of course Barbara and Cindy who wouldn’t leave my side once I was delivered to them. Most importantly, thank you to Rick Knepper. There just aren’t words to express it adequately. Plain and simple, Rick saved my life. There is nothing he could have done any differently for a better outcome. He is a humble and modest man, and will argue that anyone would have done the same. Perhaps - but it happened on his watch and he made all the right decisions. The original article is posted on La Jolla Cove Swim Club’s web site.


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