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The Last Days of Training

3 more days in the life of the Fish-on-the-Wall at VB 2014

Good news for Evgeny Sychev, he was spotted propping up the bar at Rowdy Boys the other night (don't get excited, it was the registration meeting and he was drinking a coke) with his left shoulder - a good sign that it's now on the mend. Not that it bothered him much when it wasnt', he did 85m CWT with 1 hand by his side 2 days after the accident. Witnesses say they heard him singing the superman theme as he passed 75m on the ascent. They breed them tough behind the iron curtain apparently... Is that still a thing? Anyway...

The sabotage machine has gone into overdrive. Spaniard Miguel Lozano arrived a few days ago without incident, but his luggage, including all his dive gear, somehow made it all the way to Paris. He's made do with an old wetsuit of Rob King's (that's some high-class AIDA piss you've got in there boy) for training but the stress of it all has made him talk of retiring for a week of, in his own words "eating...drinking...smoking..." and some other stuff that doesn't bear repeating.

Twice would be suspicious enough but Pascal Berger of Switzerland also managed to miss his flight (presumably after receiving bogus information from a certain pair of Eurasians) and arrived a day later than expected. If his facebook posts around the time are to be believed, this ordeal pushed him into a spiral of despair from which it's doubtful he'll ever emerge. As a man who likes a drink on occasion, Steinlager Pure, sponsors of 102m of defiance will hopefully be able to do something to help him at the after party. Rumour has it they've given William Trubridge a lifetime's supply...so let's hope all three of those beers will stretch far enough.

Another late arrival -this time through his own choice rather than the actions of saboteurs - was former world champion and world record holder Venezuelan Carlos Coste. He's looking pretty relaxed and has clearly managed to get some decent training in from his base in the Dutch Antilles where, rumour has it, he's got 90m depth off the beach. He might well have been the first man past 100m without a sled but he's usually the last in the water at the blue hole, perhaps in order to give us all time to see his new Oris Carlos Coste surely one of the largest watches ever made. Other divers may use a weight of some kind but for Carlos, this watch is pretty much all he needs.

And then there was the beach cleanup. At least, for some of us there was. Now I'm the last person in the world to name names but let's just say that not exactly everyone came. For those of us that did, it was 90 minutes or so of work experience as, what used to be known in the US scrap industry as a grubber. Grubby it was: Piles of partly rotten seaweed tangled with litter all along a 200m stretch of beach. We harvested probably 50kg of plastic and other non-biodegradable waste from just this small area, dug up and threw the cleaned seaweed into the bushes. That is, some of us did. Did I mention that not everyone came?

Sobering when you consider the scale of the problem worldwide.

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But now the beach is (sort of) sparkling clean and ready to host the first day of competition coming...oooh...right about now. Don't go anywhere.

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