Open Water zwemmen/Swimming

Aspire celebrates seven years of open water swimming - zo, 22/11/2015 - 19:26

On Saturday 14th November, Aspire held its annual Swimming Celebration Dinner at the Hilton in Watford to thank and celebrate the amazing fundraisers who have swum for the charity over the years.

Aspire has been offering open water swimming events since 2009, which have to date raised a staggering cumulative total of £748,540.  Events have been held in Snowdonia, The Lakes, Malta and Turkey, as well as Dusk ‘til Dawn and Night Swims. Over 100 people have swum the Solent, 12 people have swum a Loch Ness relay and 28 relay teams have successfully swum the English Channel.  This year, Phil Yorke became only the 12th person to have completed a solo crossing of the Channel swimming breaststroke.

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In de lokale glossy komen échte Leerdammers aan het woord. Délenn doet haar verhaal

Channel Challenge - do, 19/11/2015 - 00:09

In de lokale glossy komen échte Leerdammers aan het woord. Délenn doet haar verhaal.

Bezoek Dèlenns Facebook voor de link naar het artikel.

Bezoek de website of open download het plaatje om beter te kunnen lezen.



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The Horrifying Reason That Your Eyes Go Red In The Pool - wo, 18/11/2015 - 00:03

According to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it’s not the chlorine in a swimming pool that makes your eyes red and itchy after a swim – it’s the pee. You may want to think twice about not wearing goggles before swimming in that public pool.

Read the full article @ IFLscience

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How this 64-year-old lawyer broke a world record swimming the English Channel

Channel Challenge - di, 17/11/2015 - 23:29

In the half-light of an early September morning, Jim Clifford was conspicuous on the rear deck of Anastasia as the 42-foot cruiser idled off Dover’s Shakespeare Beach Five of us fought the chill air with wool caps, hoodies and multiple layers. Jim wore Speedo trunks, a latex swimming cap festooned with shamrocks, and some home-blended goop to prevent chafing of his neck and armpits from the 40,000 overhand strokes it would take to swim the 21 miles across the English Channel. Despite a summer of grueling cold-water swims to prepare, Jim hesitated when it was time to jump in the cold water. “It was tough to do,” he said later, “but the water turned out to be warmer than the air, which gave me a shot of confidence.”

read the full article and see the pictures @ The Washington Post

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Your body’s amazing reaction to water

Channel Challenge - di, 17/11/2015 - 22:55

Writer James Nestor explores the science of the “mammalian dive reflex,” the phenomenon by which water triggers an immediate decrease in heart rate.

In 1949, a stocky Italian air force lieutenant named Raimondo Bucher decided to try a potentially deadly stunt off the coast of Capri, Italy. Bucher would sail out to the center of the lake, take a breath and hold it, and free-dive down one hundred feet to the bottom. Waiting there would be a man in a diving suit. Bucher would hand the diver a package, then kick back up to the surface. If he completed the dive, he’d win a fifty-thousand-lira bet; if he didn’t, he would drown.

read the full article @ TED


results: LEN-cup 2016-1 2# Madeira Island International Swim Marathon, Quinta Calaça-Madeira, Portugal - di, 17/11/2015 - 21:42

Here are the results of the 2016 1st LEN-cup held on 7 November 2015 but counting for the 2016 series.

report from the organizers:

translated report from Hungary:özi-versenyek:
Saturday was held in Madeira (POR) in the first round of the 2016 LEN Cup Series

Men are pretty tough - very close runner - British ROBINSON Tobias won the gold medal, just 0.4 seconds ahead of its Budafókás the SZÉKELYI Daniel. The silver medalist Hungarian team rider was 0:18 seconds cel first reached the finish line in front of the Kazan World Championship placed sixth French Marc Antoine OLIVIER. The women in this year's world champion won the French Aurelie MULLER smoothly Angelica Maria ANDRE Portuguese and English in junior European champion Alice Dearing et-one margin.

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How to Build Tolerance for a ‘Cold Water’ Swim

Channel Challenge - za, 14/11/2015 - 11:59

RB: Once in a while someone with the experience gives good advice! Ryan Stamrood is a multiple Ice Mile swimmer.

So how does one prepare for and build tolerance for a ‘cold water’ swim, an ‘extreme cold swim’ or even an ‘ice swim’?

At the outset I must note that I have no distance triathlon experience. The donning of a wetsuit for the swim leg will make a massive difference to, inter alia, cold tolerance and will dramatically reduce (but not eliminate) the need to for cold preparation. I have never worn a wetsuit for any swim, strictly following FINA’s dress code rules as mentioned above. So the tips that follow are geared towards those with an interest in cold water distance swimming in its ‘naked’ form and who are possibly going to be preparing for their first real distance swim challenge.

read the rest @ 1Vigor.

andere teams/zwemmersIce Mile Swimming

Sporades Swimming holidays 2015: A testimonial from a guest of SwiminGreece - do, 05/11/2015 - 23:18

Témoignage : Petit retour sur mes vacances aux Sporades avec SwiminGreece
By Marc Le Roux                

SwiminGreece is operating swimming holidays in locations of exceptional beauty in Greece. But SwiminGreece swimming holidays is also about exploring. Very calm and friendly vacations, swimming with all safety precautions adapted to each swimmer and addressed to different levels of swimming skills of the various participants, absolutely no competitive spirit, just for the fun of swimming, for exploring and also for relaxing and accompanying, for the non-swimmers.  A time to relax, to discover, a time for yourself. An opportunity to meet new people, both the other participants and the members of the great team of SwiminGreece

 I am so glad for my swimming holidays with SwiminGreece that I wanted to share my impressions with you, so to make you also wish to join: you will not regret if you try this unconventional kind of holidays at the sea, in the sea, but also on the land, organised and run by local people, passionate about open water swimming and about nature, who will show you end let you discover their own region outside the usual tourist clichés.

Tourism (outside the box) is not left behind. For the season 2016 (already open... hurry up!), the language barrier will no longer be a problem for French speaking people, since SwiminGreece has a integrated in its team a French interpreter and a representative in France.


I would like to thank Eau Libre for allowing me to discover that such holidays were possible, but above all the team of SwiminGreece who were incredibly welcoming, friendly, warm and very caring with each participant, either a swimmer or a companion.”

Adapted English version of the original article in French written by Marc Le Roux, which can be found at Eau Libre.


Survivor gives lessons learned from shark attack in Lanikai

Channel Challenge - zo, 01/11/2015 - 20:32

As a triathlete and regular swimmer, it is easy to forget that open water swimming can have unexpected dangers.

Being a member of a swim club has its advantages when it comes to safety. For example, a local Kailua club regularly swims two routes, either around Popoia (flat) island from Kailua Beach or to the Mokulua (Moks) Islands from Lanikai Beach. They always have two kayakers watching the group, ready to respond in case of an emergency.

My Saturday mostly started like previous weekend mornings: a morning swim followed by some other activity, such as biking, hiking or running. However, this morning I chose to not swim with the swim club like I normally do and stayed back to wait for my friend.

Read the rest of the article by

Lt. Col. (Dr.) Mazen I. Abbas
Chief, Pediatric Gastroenterology
Tripler Army Medical Center

on Hawaii Army Weekly

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A mighty Girl

Channel Challenge - zo, 01/11/2015 - 14:00

Gertrude Ederle -- who as a 19-year-old became the first woman to successfully swim the English Channel and set a new world record for the fastest swim -- was born in 1905. Growing up in New York City, Ederle began her training as a competitive swimmer at the time when women's swimming was becoming increasingly popular, in part due to the streamlining of the women's swimsuit which made swimming easier.

In the 1920s, Ederle set numerous women's world freestyle records and American freestyle records and, on a single day in 1922, she broke seven such records at Brighton Beach, Brooklyn. After a star showing at the 1924 Summer Olympics where she won a gold medal as a part of the U.S. 400-meter freestyle relay team and bronze medals for finishing third in the 100-meter and 400-meter freestyle races, Ederle decided to tackle a new challenge -- the English Channel. By 1926, five men had swum the channel previously but none in less than 16 hours and 33 minutes.

Ederle, who was coated in lanolin and grease during the swim to help her stay warm and protect against jellyfish, began her swim in rough waters Cape Gris-Nez, France and came ashore at Kingsdown, Kent, England 14 hours and 39 minutes later. Due to the roughness of the sea, Ederle swam 35 miles rather than the 21 miles straight across; yet, she still set a new world record for fastest channel swim by surpassing the previous record set by swimmer Enrique Tiraboschi. Upon returning to New York, she was greeted with a ticker-tape parade and an estimated two million people turned out to celebrate her grand accomplishment. Ederle passed away in 2003 at the age of 98.

There are several excellent books about this courageous trailblazer, including: "America's Champion Swimmer: Gertrude Ederle," a picture book biography for readers ages 5 to 8 ( and "Young Woman and the Sea: How Trudy Ederle Conquered the English Channel and Inspired the World," an excellent biography for readers 13 and up (

For more info on "A mighty girl" read the rest at facebook.

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Lake Geneva – an epic swim with literary credentials/October 27, 2015

Channel Challenge - zo, 01/11/2015 - 13:52

From the blog of my former Plons teammate Chrispin Thorold:

One of the most notable marathon swims of this year’s season, was also one of the most evocative. It took accomplished American swimmer, Jaimie Monahan, close to 33 hours to swim Lake Geneva from tip-to-tip. 

Starting from the historic Château de Chillon in the East, Monahan swam more than 69kms (43 miles) to the city of Geneva where she landed in the shadow of the world-famous Jet d'Eau fountain.  En route she passed through some of the most beautiful scenery in Europe, swimming in freshwater that is crystal clear, indeed it is so clean that Monahan says “you can drink it”.

Read the rest at Chrispin's blog.

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5 Reasons why you Need Wild Swimming in your Life!

Channel Challenge - zo, 01/11/2015 - 13:27

Posted by Robbie Wild Hudson on 28/10/2015 in Wild Swimming.

Go your own way

Wild Swimming is versatile and easy to align with your personal motivations and fitness levels. This is one of its major attractions. Whether you decide to embark on a two-minute dip in a local lake, an ice mile or an epic sea crossing between continents, it is always up to you to decide.

As with anything, it’s best to start and learn through doing. If you have never tried it before, do some research on your local area, scout out rivers and lakes and think about places you have seen before that looked intriguing. Try to find an idyllic place with calm water for your first few swims, to let your body acclimatize to the temperature in safe and relaxed conditions. Once you have researched the area and found a perfect spot, it’s simply a case of getting in!

It sounds obvious, but it’s paramount that you do have basic swimming skills. Swimming in rivers, lakes and seas is different from the pool. There is no straight line to follow beneath you on the riverbed, and the feeling of depth below you is something that you must rationalize and learn to control. These are all aspects of the mental side of wild swimming, and how it helps to strengthen the way you think.

Build Physical and Mental Toughness and Confidence

Once you have experienced the enjoyable shock of the water, it is amazing how quickly your confidence will grow through swimming. Whatever your current level, the distances that you cover will gradually increase, and so will the way that you think about them. If your first swim is only a 30 second dip where you swim 10 metres, that’s perfectly fine! After no time at all you will be gearing up for your first km, and before you know it, you might even be signing up for a much longer swim or planning your own adventure!

When swimming in deep water, it is always worth having a support boat or trusted friend in a kayak. Water needs to be respected, and overcoming the feelings of fear that it can sometimes induce is a great psychological way to build confidence and resilience in your abilities. As well as keeping you safe, this gives you the knowledge that if something does go wrong, you can simply hold onto the boat, and this insurance measure makes it possible to push yourself and expand your limits even further.

Physiological and Psychological Benefits

Wild swimming has a huge list of positive physiological and psychological benefits. Immersion in cold water, even for a very limited period of time, lowers blood pressure, burns cellulite and fat, strengthens the immune system and reduces cholesterol levels. Once you progress and start swimming for longer, in more regular patterns, you will significantly improve your cardio and strengthen your heart and lungs in the process. Swimming has the additional benefit of not stressing your joints and ligaments in the way that running or cycling can sometimes do. As you are (hopefully) buoyant in the water, you can work on your stroke and breathing techniques without any risk of shin splints or similar afflictions. And that’s only the physical side.

Wild swimming has also been shown to significantly combat mental illnesses such as depression and anxiety. The body releases huge amounts of endorphins, adrenalin and dopamine both during and after a swim, to help you adapt to and overcome the conditions of the water. There is a refreshing and undeniable high that follows each session, accompanied perfectly with a hot drink or cup of warm soup.

A New Way to Experience the Natural World

Wild swimming allows you to see beautiful places from unique perspectives. Swimming down a river shows you the riverbanks, the animals, the sky, the landscape and even the water in a completely new way. You follow shorelines, watch sunsets and dive into a world of intense colour and sensation. It is a simple way to enjoy and experience the wonders of the world in an incredibly natural and ancient way.

It’s Free!

The final reason speaks for itself. No gym memberships or fees apply. Technically, you don’t need anything at all to go wild swimming. At the very least, trunks or a swim costume, but even they aren’t compulsory if you are feeling brave! Goggles, wetsuit, swim hat and ear plugs are all great additions to experiment with, but don’t let the lack of any of those hinder you. In 1926, Gertrude Ederle swam from England to France in 14 hours and 39 minutes. She became the first woman ever to accomplish the feat, and all she wore was a swimming costume and a pair of home made goggles!

Happy wild swimming!

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No Viral Testing of Open Water Venues for 2016 Rio Olympics? - do, 22/10/2015 - 10:48

... Despite recommendations from several organizations to test for viruses in the Rio waters that are often exposed to human-sewage, it appears that the Rio Olympic Organizing Committee has ruled out conducting the tests. This decision comes after the World Health Organization (WHO) stuck to its policy of not doing routine viral testing to monitor water quality around the world. The standard procedure is to test for bacteria and not viruses ...

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report: 8th MARNATON eDreams Cadaqués - ma, 19/10/2015 - 13:05

The MARNATON eDreams Cup came to a close in Cadaqués bringing together over 1,100 swimmers in a day which was full of excitement
• The eighth MARNATON eDreams Cadaqués featured a 6.5km swim, a 2km swim and the MARNATON KIDS.
• One group of swimmers completed the 6.5km swim towing Jano Galán, who is suffering from ALS, achieving a historic feat in the world of open water swimming.
• One participant proposed to his girlfriend before starting their swim together.

Barcelona, 19th of September 2015.- The VIII MARNATON eDreams Cadaqués took place on Saturday 19th  of September, a challenge which gains more supporters every year. This year all the places were filled two months before the event. With almost 1,300 swimmers entered for the event, its position as a landmark in the world of open-water swimming is firmly established.
The first challenge of the day was the legendary 6.5km crossing from Cap de Creus to Cadaqués Beach. This year, in order to protect the Cap de Creus National Park, all the swimmers travelled to Cala Jugadora by sea. Several boats set sail from Cadaquésheading for Cap de Creus with all the participants on board. Once there, the swimmers threw themselves into the sea and the starting gun was fired amidst the applause of the participants and the spectators who had climbed up onto the rocks to gain a privileged view. The advanced and expert swimmers left first followed five minutes later by the ordinary swimmers.
The presence of a force 4 Tramontane wind made the swim much harder and hampered the great work of the almost 80 kayaks which were accompanying the participants and ensuring their safety at all times.
After a good start one leader stood out, the German open-water swimmer Alexandre Studzinski, who today set the record for this swim, with the spectacular time of 1:10:04. 5 minutes later Damián Blaum and Jordi Bosch crossed the line together (1:15:05). The winner of the women's race was Esther Núñez (1:19:14). Carmen Crespo took second place (1:27:32) and Elisenda Llorens was in third place (1:28:02). Swimmers from many different countries entered the challenge. One group
from Brazil particularly stands out, headed by Samir Barel, who participated in the GP Fina long distance World Cup, alongside Esther Núñez and Damián Blaum.
The best anecdote from the day took place in the magical surroundings of Cap de Creus, when one participant asked for his girlfriend's hand in marriage before they started the swim together.
The 2km swim from Caials started at 12:30; this challenge was designed for more amateur swimmers and in its second year has grown hugely, now including almost 400 swimmers. The first to complete the swim was last year's winner, Joel Blanca
(00:27:24), followed by Hugo Curty (00:27:57) with Javier Sánchez in third position (00:28:25). The first female swimmer to cross the finish line was Sarah Blanch (00:29:34) with Andrea López in second position (00:30:20) and Naira González (00:30:28) took the third place on the women's podium.

At the same time, a new MARNATON Kids was starting with over 100 girls and boys taking part. This challenge, which was full of excitement and laughter, was a showcase for the future of open-water swimming.
The day will end with the presentation of the prizes for the IV MARNATON eDreamsCup and as every year there will be a party for everyone in Cadaqués town square.

6.5km Swim Results (Cap de Creus > Cadaqués),5km.pdf
2km Swim Results (Caials > Cadaqués))

Jano Galán Challenge
Two hours after the start of the 6.5km swim, Jano Galán's impressive challenge began.
A team of 5 swimmers completed the swim from Cala Jugadora to Cadaqués, towing Jano Galán, who suffers from ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis). Jano completed the swim lying on his back, attached with harnesses and wearing a wetsuit for protectionand a face mask which covered his face completely to avoid sea water entering his respiratory tract. The impressive challenge took about 2 hours and was an importantlandmark in the history of open-water swimming. His aim was to raise €10,000 to buy retinal recognition software, computer and accessories in order to be able to speak and communicate through the computer. Jano, and the team of swimmers led by Daniel Rossines, Jaime Caballero, Marcos Rossines, Josep Maria Alonso and Carlos Garcíaarrived at Cadaqués  beach amidst high levels of expectation where they were welcomed with noisy applause.

The MARNATON 2015 challenges
Having started the season in May with the II MARNATON eDreams Barcelona, followed by the III MARNATON eDreams Begur and the fourth MARNATON eDreams Sant Feliuin June, the IV MARNATON  eDreams Cup finishes in Cadaqués. A season which brokethe record for the number of participants with over 3,700 people entering. Registration
for the V  MARNATON eDreams Cup 2016 is planned to open in February.

About Marnaton
Marnaton ( is a company which specialises in organisingopen water swimming events. Since 2008, its objective has been to promote long distance swimming, with a special focus on safety, the environment and creating a family atmosphere, as well as promoting a healthier lifestyle and respect for the environment. Swimmers from home and abroad have already swum with MARNATON in  some of the six editions of the legendary Cap de Creus - Cadaqués (6.5 Kilometres).


Cijfers Kanaalzwemmen 2015

Channel Challenge - ma, 19/10/2015 - 00:12

Het 2015 Kanaal seizoen is beëindigd en allerlei interessante statistieken kunnen eruit afgeleid worden.


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.pdf gekopieerd met toestemming van de maker.

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2015 Channelswim statistics - ma, 19/10/2015 - 00:05

The Channel swimming season 2015 has ended and all kind of interesting statistics can be derived.

People started playing with the numbers.

sources: and

.pdf copied with permission from the creator.


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Oceanman 2015 Finals. Benidorm, Spain - vr, 16/10/2015 - 15:15

Hello swimmers!

There are only a few days left before the last of the four rounds of the Oceanman Championship. This year the location chosen for the final of the European Championship is Benidorm, both because of the quality of its water and for its natural surroundings and Benidorm Island in particular.

Attention, friends! The registration period ends on 19 October so there is still time to enter any of the three distances (Oceanman 10K, Half-Oceanman 5K and the popular 1.5K).

As for the schedule, the briefing will take place on Mal Pas Beach on Saturday 24. At the same time you will be able to try out the new XTERRA WETSUITS, available to participants for testing. On the morning of 25 October we start the races, so don’t miss out!

Remember, on 25 October you have a date at Mal Pas Beach, the event’s nerve centre.  

More info at:

local swim(s)Spain

19 K River Bhagirathi Swimming Competitions, Murshidabad (W.B.) - vr, 09/10/2015 - 11:09

Master Sampanna Shelar and his Team mates from Shark Aquatics viz. Miss Varada Dharmadhikari Miss Anushka Purandare, Miss Khushi Parmar, Master Devang Shah and Master Upendra Wagh were eager to participate in 72th Edition of 19 K River Bhagirathi Swimming Marathon which is held in conjunction with 81 K World’s Longest National Competition under auspices of S.F.I. on 6th Sept. 2015.

Experienced, Sampanna secured his 4th position in Open Category. This 14 years lad sprinted right from the start but faded after 10 K against taller, stronger and youthful swimmers from India and Bangladesh. But his 2.22 hrs efforts were just 6 min away from a winner from Bangladesh. He holds the Records of three various Solo Swims that he successfully completed in Feb./March 2015. Miss Khushi Parmar (13 years) who is inducted in India & Asia Book of Records to swim non-stop 6.30 hrs in natural body (lake), proved her stamina to complete the race in 3.15 hrs; whereas most experienced Varada who was actually out of water frequently due to her Engineering studies, also claimed her 5th participation in race to touch the land in 2.42 hrs just before her team mate Miss Anushka (16 years) who is now training for overseas swims after her age eligibility. Varada recently completed Zurich Swim in 10.02 hrs to win 4th position in Open Women’s non-wet suit category. Youngest & most enthusiastic Devang was rejoice in 2.52 hrs.

This year the restriction on numbers of swimmers were little relaxed with 40 challengers- 24 men and 16 women. Due to shortages of rescue boats for the swimmers and precautionary measure and government’s new regulation for proper safety to the competitors, the entries were usually restricted despite many applications from home and abroad. The government has specified certain criteria for rescue boats, like length of the boat, rescue materials and other parameter, which are easily available. Swimmers are invited only after verifying their experience in the past. The competition, being organised by Murshidabad Swimming Association, also has cash prize, various gifts and 5 ft. trophies for winners.

Swimmers are now training for two upcoming events i.e. 10 K National Championships in Goa on 29th Nov. 2015 followed by 14 K River Swim 0n 20th Dec. 2015, which will be held in Kolkata.


Jitendra Khasnis

Swimming Coach, India

+91 9823195139

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A 2800 km marathon swim for Swachh Bharat - zo, 04/10/2015 - 16:34

On Air Force Day on October 8, three swimmers, Wing Commander Paramvir Singh, Sergeant Gullupilli Narahari and Sergeant Saripilli Srihari will plunge into the river Ganga at Devprayag and start swimming.

They will swim 2,800 km to Gangasagar and the expedition, called Ganga Avahan, should take 35 days.

The campaign was launched at the Defence Services Staff College (DSSC), Wellington, Nilgiris, to promote Swachh Bharat. It is partnered by the Ministry of Urban Development.  The Commandant of DSSC, Lt. Gen. S.K. Gadeock, AVSM, and the Minister for Urban Development Venkaiah Naidu, flagged off the event on October1. 

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Branders`zwemtocht 2015: leuk!

Channel Challenge - za, 03/10/2015 - 21:26

2015-09-26 - Schiedam - Ik was de eerdere jaren ook al ingeschreven als zwemmer, doch er kwam steeds wat tussen. De tocht is in de havens van Schiedam langs diverse jeneverbranderijen, fabrieken en pakhuizen. De tocht heeft een goed doel: Spieren voor Spieren. Je wordt in de gelegenheid gesteld om je te laten sponsoren en extra geld op te halen voor dat doel.

Dit keer kon ik wel komen. Ik kwam aan bij Nolet in Schiedam en dan kan ik het niet laten om de watertemperatuur te meten aan de start. Mijn betrouwbare thermometer gaf aan 14,6. Frisjes! Ik had me wel iets voorbereid in het Valknburgermeer en in zee. Het meer was 15,5 en dus prima te doen. Zee was nog 16+, hiervoor achteraf geen goede temperatuurgewenningstraining. 

Alles was netjes geoganiseerd. Bij de aanmelding kreeg ik twee tags voor de tijdwaarneming van Wietse Beerens en zijn vriendin die de honneurs van Hidde Ottens waarnamen. Koffie thee en water en meer goeds was allemaal goed verzorgd. Het parkoers werd uitgelegd. Om de molen links af, let op de verbouwing van de sluis, en zo voort. 

Die 14 graden baarde me wel wat zorgen. Was het een indicatie dat het verderop warmer of kouder kon zijn? Ik was volgens de organisatie met nog één ander zonder wetsuit. Ik heb er geen! Zo'n kleine 200 van die pakken en twee skin-zwemmers. Bij 14,6 en onvoldoende voorbereiding vreedsde ik dat ik in de problemen zou komen. Uiteindelijk is het 3km en ik doe daar dan toch een 45-50 minuten over. Gelukkig bood Lex mij zijn reservepak aan. Ik moest daar even over nadenken. Val ik van me geloof af? Of zet ik stoïceins door? Or maybe just stupid. Ik besloot het maar eens te proberen. Een probeerpak is ook een kans om een niewe ervaring op te doen.

Goed... gekozen om  het pak van Lex eens te proberen. Met de neopreen muts op die ik van Rob deenemen gekregen heb onder de organisatie badmuts met uniek nummer. Bij het te water gaan merkte ik al dat ik zeker niet zou zinken. Ik leek wel 5 cm hoger in het water te liggen. Interessant! geen tijd om te klooien met dat pak. De start. Direct tussen de huizen door en dan rechts-af. Langs de schepen. Somss mal water soms breed. Goed kijken waar je heen  moet. In de eerste 500mk reeg ik last van een te hoog adrelanineniveau van bij de start. IK lag een meter of 15 achter de kopgroep en een meter of 10 voor de tweede groep, Ik heb me lalten zakken naar die groep. Op adem komen.

Nadat ik me herpakte bleek deze groep echter een voor mij veel te laag tempo te hebben. Ik schoof naar voren en nam de kop. Geen versnelling en toch lag ik ineems los van de groep. Dat zou bij de KNZB-wedstrijden niet gebeuren. Daar weten de zwemmers wel hoe ze moeten stayeren achter andermans voeten. Om die molen... Welke? Ik heb er volgens mij 5 of meer gezien. Maakt niet uit. De bochten om zag ik de kopgroep nog in de verte. Dan zit ik wel goed (of zij zijn al meer dan 100m fout aan het zwemmen.

Het water was alleen voor de eerste bocht wat fris aanvoelend. Na de bocht leek het een stuk warmer. Pak voor niets aangedaan? Nee, niet echt. Met pak hoef je niets met je benen te doen anders dan balans houden. Enkel water in het pak gekregen bij het naar voren kijken. Dan trek je kennelijk de nek open en kruipt er wat fris water je rugdeel in. Ik heb het geen seconde koud gehad.

Had ik zonder pak gekund? Achteraf dacht ik van wel. Het blijft een risico. Hoe deden Judith, Irene en Monique dat dan in Lac St Jeam? Dat is vaak maar een graad of 14 op zijn best. Die tocht is zo'n beetje 50km ook nog! Petje af. 

Het bleek dat ik 5e was achter Marcel Stroet. Eindtijd net 42 minuten zonder pak zou ik daavoor tekenen. De snelsten zaten aan de 39 minuten. Snelste dame had 45 minuten.

Wat denk ik van het evenement? Een leuke afsluiter van het seizoen. Het gaat nergens meer om maar het is een zeer fraai parkoers. Net als in Dordrecht genieten van de pakhuizen en fabrieken op de kades. Leuk als trainingstocht. Belangrijk voor de beleving was dat het allemaal zeer goed verzorgd was.

Meer info over de tocht:
De uitslag: website
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