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Heroes And Heroines In Cork Counting Channel Conquests

do, 16/11/2017 - 21:33

Courtesy of Philip Hodges, Cork Distance Week, Ireland.

"Philip Hodges published an incredible chart of the marathon swims accomplished over 100 days by the 2017 Cork Distance Week swimmers," reported founder and instigator Ned Denison.

One of the swimmers tells his own tale:, “I’d done my single warm water lake marathon, followed my dream, signed up for the English Channel in 2018, put in a hard winter of pool training and shivered through some spring cold water dips. The trip to Ireland was from home to a larger airport, then over the Atlantic to London then on the Cork. I arrived late the night before the start of the Cork Distance Week and met my roommates, one veteran from three previous years and two other newbies.

read the full article @ TDNoOWS

Ned DenisonThe English Channel - Het Kanaaltraining (pool & open water)

Cold Water Shock- making myself aware of the causes, symptoms and responses.

do, 16/11/2017 - 21:08

I've recently decided that I'd like to continue swimming in the open water into the winter (not continually like Forrest Gump, 'cause that would be just too exhausting!), but even before I've even put a toe in the cold water, a good friend, who is always one to put the fear of God into you if she thinks you are being an idiot/stupid/risking life and limb, has already had her two penneth. She appears to be well versed to the dangers of cold water. Impressed, I enquire as to how she had become such an expert in the field. She admitted that she's quoting the RNLI's advice about the dangers of cold water to me having recently been on an educational visit and, well, (her words) "some of it had sunk in. I knew I'd need it one day to lecture my idiot friend who has no sense whatsoever! Why would you want to do it?"

read the interesting personally written article @ Open Water Woman

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'I prepared not to come back': the woman who finished the world's hardest swim

do, 16/11/2017 - 21:02

Kim Chambers started swimming after a life-changing accident. Just a few years later, she became the first woman to take on a notorious stretch of shark-inhabited waters.

Under a black sky in August 2015, Kim Chambers boarded a boat and headed out beneath the Golden Gate Bridge. She took a support team that included her mother, a film crew, and her swimming coach. Their destination was the Farallon Islands, a remote outcrop about 30 miles off the coast of San Francisco.

Once there, Chambers would attempt something no woman had ever done: an unbroken, solo swim from the islands back under the Golden Gate. With the area’s icy waters, strong winds, heavy swells and one of the largest concentrations of great white sharks, it’s been called the toughest swim in the world.

read the full article @ The Guardian

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Show some rotational control!

do, 16/11/2017 - 20:59

This is one thing I struggled with as a swimmer. I learned how to surf at the age of six. My first organized swimming experience didn’t come until closer to my high school years. I learned the pull with a board under my feet. As you can probably guess, I didn’t rotate very much. My rotation was so limited. 

On the flip side, some swimmers struggle with rotation that is too much and covers an unnecessary range of motion. There can also be a difference in rotation between the left and right sides of the body (Oh…. that’s why coach wants me to be able to do rotary breathing).

red the extensive article and view the demonstrational video's @ RitterSP

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A History of Marathon Swimming - boekrecentie

do, 16/11/2017 - 20:52

I just finished this monster of a book: A History of Marathon Swimming > 536 pages!
The best histories are written by those who lived it.

The original author Joe Grossman was a marathon swimmer, historian, crew, administrator, promoter and international leader who fought to organise circuits/events for professional swimmers. The book was not published before his death in 1974 and passed (like a cherished family heirloom) to another legend Dennis Matuch then to another legend/author Conrad Wennerberg. Dale Petranech – another of the top 10 historians in our sport “got it on the computer” (with help) and did extensive work on the text. Finally Steve Walker (noted channel swimmer and recent author of his own book) did the last edit and it the book is now available. Well done guys and THANKS!…/…/ref=sr_1_4…

I saw hundreds of names that I recognized from the past. The stories of the early swims will amaze. I made a note to submit a few more nominations to the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame of some forgotten stars. This is not a dry history – the authors and editors have some strong opinions and pulled no punches on some of the “fibbers”, old tricks of the sports and the bare knuckle commercial/politics of the paid marathon circuit.
Below is my list of the International Marathon Swimming
Hall of Fame Honorees mentioned and the first page. The blanks - well maybe you can help. I thought I saw them in there somewhere?

You can jump over to the website to get high level information (please note that there are some differences in spelling – the attachment spellings are used on the two websites). Then if you want a deeper dive go to:

IMSHoFbook review - boekrecentie

Top Tips for Cold Water Swimming that don't involve Swimming

do, 16/11/2017 - 20:33

If you're planning to swim through the winter then here's a few tips now that it's getting chillier ..........

  1. Don't swim alone. swim with a buddy or at least have someone watching out for you from shore. Swimmimg with friends is safer than swimming alone if you watch out for each other and it's more fun and companionable than swimming alone.
  2. Don't hang about chatting after your swim - that can wait. Get yourself dry, dressed and with a warm drink inside within 10 minutes as that's when the afterdrop will hit and the shivers will start. 
  3. Before you swim make sure your clothes are ready for when you get out. They should be right side out and stacked so that the clothes you want to put on first are on the top with your towel over them. When you're getting dressed sort out your top half first and then if you've got a robie or DryRobe put that on and sort out the bottom half.

read all 14 tips @ Devon & Cornwall open water swimming

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How to Swim for 67 Hours Straight

do, 16/11/2017 - 20:26

Sarah Thomas swam 104 miles last month in Lake Champlain. Here’s how.

It was Aug. 7 when Sarah Thomas, 35, of Conifer, Colorado, calmly walked down a slick, concrete boat ramp at Rouse's Point – the last stop in the United States at the northern end of Lake Champlain on the New York and Vermont borders. She was ready for the daunting challenge that lay ahead. The accomplished marathon swimmer was beginning a journey that would take her a little over 52 miles south to Gardiner Island and then back to her starting point: all at once, without stopping, without sleep, without a wetsuit and without touching another person or her support boat the entire time. She achieved this 104.6-mile swim – dubbed a "century swim" because it was over 100 miles – in 67 hours and 16 minutes to notch a new world record for longest current-neutral swim. (Current-neutral means she didn't have assistance from currents in the water.)

read the full article and see the pictures @ USnews

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What is the best antidote for a jellyfish sting? (Clue: it's not urine)

ma, 13/11/2017 - 13:53

What should you do if a jellyfish stings you? Scientists have found that applying vinegar is the best solution, and that popular remedies including urine, lemon juice, and shaving foam could make the situation worse.

A recent study in Toxins, which investigated the efficacy of various remedies for stings from the Portuguese man o’ war (Physalia physalis) concludes that rinsing with vinegar before applying heat is the most effective treatment. The commonly recommended treatment of seawater and ice was found to cause more harm than good.

Read the interesting article @ The Guardian

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Zwemanalyse teams zwemmen nog altijd buiten

zo, 29/10/2017 - 20:48

2017-10-29 - Loenen - Ten huize van Loes L Blanc (waarover noww eerder rapporteerde) verzamelde de zwemmers. Ze woont aan de Vecht en zwemt er ook regelmatig. Ze wilde eens van Breukelen naar huis zwemmen. Dat is een kleine 5km. Maar... het water begint wat kouder te worden.

Coach Richard Broer van ChannelChallenge had uiteraard een thermometer bij zich. In de zon was het 13 gaden. Valt mee vond men.

De meesten zwommen toch maar met een shorty, sleevless of hele wetsuit aan. Dat bleek voor een enkeling toch wat warm. Een heeft het pak zelfs uitgetrokken onderweg. Anderen hebben na de tocht nog even zonder pak de achterliggers opgehaald. 13 graden is dus gewoon te doen. Als je je zinnen er op zet en je realiseert dat kou vooral tussen de oren zit.

De snelsten waren klaar in 5 kwartier, de langzaamten hebben het meest van het uitzicht op de kant, het weer en het water genoten in ruim 7 kwartier,

Na afloop verzamelen ten huize van Loes waar nagepraat werd onder genot van groene soep en andere zelfgemaakte lekkernijen. Een zeer geslaagde tocht!

Op de facebookpagina van Richard Broer zijn live beelden te vinden van tijdens de zwemtocht.

Living every stroke

zo, 29/10/2017 - 20:21

Dean Summers completes yet another epic swim dedicated to seafarers

Ian Ackerman
October 18, 2017

ITF’s man in Australia Dean Summers has become the 51st person to swim the North Channel from Northern Ireland to Scotland.

Mr Summers said he was hypothermic after swimming for 13 hours and seven minutes in water ranging in temperature from 12-13° C in nothing more than a pair of goggles, shorts, a cap and a smearing of channel grease.
This is not the first time Mr Summers has conquered a demanding open water swim. His previous swims include the English Channel, the Catalina Channel (in California) and around Manhattan Island.
All these swims were done to raise funds and awareness for the plight of seafarers.
“I dedicate all of my swims to seafarers from around the globe and seek to raise awareness of their plight and funding for mental health projects like Hunterlink,” he said.
“I have explained many times that as hard and challenging as these swims are, sufferers of poor mental health often find everyday life just as hard.
Mr Summers said seafarers have the added burden of isolation, loneliness and exploitation to deal with, sometimes leading to catastrophic results.
“For me there is no more appropriate way to draw attention to the lives of these forgotten workers than to ‘Swim for Seafarers’.”
Next year, Mr Summers plans to tackle the 45km Molokai Channel between Oahu and the Molokai Islands in Hawaii, and the Tsugaru Channel between Japan’s Honshu and Hokkaido Islands. To learn more and to donate, visit Mr Summer’s website:
Below is Mr Summer’s own account of his epic swim across the North Channel.
The North Channel is considered by most, the toughest of the Ocean Seven swims in that it is very cold, is plagued by the notorious lions’ main jellyfish and involves many competing tides and currents all the way across right up until the final few metres.If I had left this until the last, I would have invited a dark cloud of doubt and heaped more pressure on myself for the final hurdle. For this reason, I decided to get in and tackle the Northern giant now. It’s a somewhat risky strategy like confronting the schoolyard bully but the potential boost to my confidence would be an everlasting advantage.
Twelve months earlier I’d agreed a slot with Paddy Mallon, the young, dynamic head of ‘Infinity swimming’ based in Newry, Northern Ireland. Paddy boasts a team of well-trained and disciplined crew and is quickly gaining a strong reputation in the world of international swimming. We met with Paddy to discuss the swim in detail. It had been a busy season and he had a backlog of three other swimmers who didn’t get clear enough weather in their earlier windows. It was decided to send me and another swimmer off on the same day with two separate boats and that the German extreme swimmer, Matthias Gruber, would leave 15 minutes after me.
In the week leading up to the swim we found ‘The Chunky Dunkers’, who are a dedicated broad-based group of wonderful people who swim, paddle, breaststroke but mostly chatter, every day of the year, across the old fishing harbour in the beautiful seaside village of Donaghadee. Temperatures range from between 5 to 14° but these are the happiest and most generous people. These
entertaining short swims proved to be excellent last-minute cold training. Head dunker and general swim wrangler, Martin went out of his way to include us all and soon we felt right at home. Take note future swimmers, no preparation would be complete without a dunk with these guys!
It was at one of the ‘Dunkers’ swims that we met Matthias, along with his wife Ina and support crew Kate. They had been in Ireland for a month preparing for the cold water and we struck up an immediate friendship forged in the privations of the harsh Irish elements.
Two nights before the swim, and with no warning, I was struck down with excruciating pain from a kidney stone. It was like being speared through the side with a white-hot javelin and kept me writhing in pain for almost 24 hours. I put up with the pain because I didn’t want anything to delay the swim and eventually the pain subsided to a dull ache. I felt I could manage for the swim but the pain took a toll and I was constantly worried about another attack.
The next night the swim was confirmed for the next morning. I slept well and we all gathered at the dock in Bangor harbour at 03:45 am, as instructed, along with Matthaius and his crew. Vlad and Kylie had done all of the preparations, as usual, and the three of us had a last minute brief from Paddy before getting on board “Aquaholic” with Milo (crew), Richard (Skipper) and Ian (Observer).
By the time we had cruised around to the starting point, just south of Donaghadee, it was still dark. At 5:00am, smothered in channel grease, I jumped into the cold dark water and made my way cautiously toward the shore. According to the rules every channel swim must begin from the shore with a swimmer standing clear of the water.
This morning there was a mysterious torchlight beaming from the shore beckoning me in through the jagged rocks. It was Martin, the Chunky Dunker’s wrangler, up early with some of his comrades to guide me safely through the dangerous rocks along the shore. I must have cut a frightening figure for the uninitiated. My large, well-greased, almost naked frame glowing white from the strobing blue light on my cap. I strained to hear the whistle from the boat indicating the official start but eventually Martin called out that it had blown and so off I set across the Irish Sea to take my turn to challenge the mighty North Channel.
The water at the start didn’t seem as cold as I had expected, perhaps due to the outside temperature being one of the coldest of the season or perhaps it was due to the excitement of the morning. I started out with long slow deliberate strokes checking all systems in turn. Kidneys – a slow and dull ache but nothing I couldn’t handle. Shoulders – a bit of a niggle in the right but now that I’m in it isn’t going to stop me. Neck, back, legs, hips everything was precisely how they should be and I felt strong. A large part of the struggle for success is to get to the starting point in a strong and fit condition and I was feeling good. Before I knew it, I was into my second forty-five minute feed, and the sun was coming up but struggling to break through the gathering dark clouds. I could see everyone on board was happy and I settled in to a good pace. The water was clear and the wind was following me flattening the chop.
I tell myself that every weather condition is in my favour and while this is rarely the case it helps settle my thinking into a positive rhythm. I imagine that every wave is pushing me, the wind is always at my back, the tides are always pulling me along and water is always soft and inviting.
It was 13° when I started and as much as I told myself it was comfortable, it really wasn’t. I could get away with every other lie but the cold was a constant, seeping into my core and refused to be ignored. It’s the slow grind of exposure to the cold that brings swimmers undone. As you stretch out for each stroke you render your side to the water and bring the opposite shoulder out of the water and into the icy wind. Over and over again 64 times a minute, like death by a thousand cuts.
I had been worried about the jellyfish and I saw plenty of them. As the water chopped up, however, these evil gelatinous medusas sank to about one or two metres below the surface. Apparently they sink to feed off the descending plankton and I must have passed over or swam around about forty of them, none of which landed a blow.
If you picture the swim to be roughly an east to west course, with a strong southern tidal stream on the flood tide, and then furious cross currents closer to Scotland with a weaker northerly tidal current, you can begin to appreciate how this channel beats so many of us.
My instructions were to swim hard for the first three hours in order to get some ‘height’ then a strong swim across toward the west for five hours ready for a series of sprints to the end. So, hard, harder and hardest were the riding instructions.
At around seven hours, I had made excellent time and plenty of height but the day was still young. Vlad and the crew explained that if I could push hard for forty-five minutes I’d be in an even better position. So, without comment and following a thirty second feed, I put my head down and went as hard as I could meeting Vlad’s approving nods on each left-side breath. After that and expecting a rest of sorts, I was told to repeat the last forty-five minute effort and away I went again feeling a little short changed. By the time I’d done the second, I was tired and had to ease off for a while hoping to recover for my final assault on the tidal fortress protecting Scotland.
I again checked all systems and the only concern was that the cold had begun to make some ground. Swimming hard had only kept the cold at bay but it was relentless and I thought I could feel the early effects of hypothermia. I began to lose feeling in my hands, feet, legs and arms as my blood vessels dilated to keep warm blood around my vital organs. A little knowledge is a dangerous thing but extreme swimmers learn the physiological dynamics of hypothermia usually from direct experience.
The last few hours are not as clear as I would have liked, I recall seeing the cliffs and they seemed close but I couldn’t get a reliable focus on them. It seemed everyone on the boat was yelling something different and I kept my attention on Vlad’s instruction. As I later learned, they were all trying to get me to swim closer to the boat, apparently I was veering off to the right which was lengthening the distance I was going to swim.
At some stage the cold started to affect my judgment. All I knew to do was to keep on moving my arms and go in the direction of the dark wall. I can’t remember any pain, I stopped feeling cold and I was consumed by exhaustion, much of which I am convinced was from the elements. I knew I had slowed down considerably but was still on course and knew to just go on turning over my arms. By all other accounts I was just making way through the water and finally, with the currents dealt with, all I had to do was to touch the cliffs directly in front of me.
These last few metres took me some time to negotiate but eventually, thirteen hours and seven minute after setting off I did touch the Scottish cliffs. Admittedly I was confused and had nothing left in the tank but I had just become the 51st swimmer to claim the North Channel Swim prize. My team had guided and eventually nursed me through the hardest and most extreme endurance swim on the planet and when I got back on the boat fell in to their arms completely exhausted.
It took a long time for the enormity of this swim to sink in. It is sometimes easy to just chalk up another successful swim and move onto the next. In this case, however, it wasn’t until I was back in Australia with Vlad’s squad that my North Channel victory was endorsed by my peers and then it felt real.
Thanks to Kylie and Vlad whose support and encouragement never wavers. I often think Kylie suffers more from these swims physically and emotionally than I do. I couldn’t do these swims without her support.

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To bilateral or not to bilateral

zo, 29/10/2017 - 20:14

by Keri-anne Payne
was really interested in finding out about bilateral breathing - some say IT’S A MUST and some say DON’T DO IT. I wanted to explore the reasons why some people find it really difficult to bilateral breathe.

The responses were staggering and so many people replied - Thank you so much!

read the article that is posted @ Big Rick's FB

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10 things you only know if you swim through winter

zo, 29/10/2017 - 20:12

You need cake, a flask, more warm clothes than you can imagine – and don’t even think about a hot shower.

  1. All-year swimmers don’t wear wetsuits. That defeats the purpose.
  2. You will never have enough warm clothes. You need many more things than you think you might need, to recover after a cold swim. Thermals, fleeces, your thickest jackets, woolly hats, gloves, socks and scarves. And you won’t want to take them off all day. It’s a pretty strong look.

read the full article and see the picture @ The Guardian

Ice Swimming (IISA)

Josef Köberl eröffnet Eisschwimmsaison

zo, 29/10/2017 - 20:08

Am 07.10.2017 hat die Ice Swimming Association Austria die Eisschwimmsaison eröffnet.
Mitglieder aus dem gesamten Bundesgebiet haben sich am Hintertuxergletscher getroffen um in dem 0 Grad warmen Wasser
zu schwimmen. Unterhalb der Gefrorenen Wand ist auf einer Seehöhe von 3200 Metern der Eispalast. In dieser Eishöhle herrscht eine Lufttemperatur von 0 Grad. Dort konnten die Eisschwimmer, angeführt vom Extremschwimmer und Präsidenten der Ice Swimming Association Austria Josef Köberl, ihre härte unter Beweis stellen.

Read the original article and see the exciting picture @ ARF

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Woman picks up shark, throws it out of Cronulla ocean pool

zo, 29/10/2017 - 20:05

A woman has been captured on film picking up a one-metre shark in a Cronulla rock pool and throwing it back into the ocean.

The video of real estate agent Melissa Hatheier was posted on the Cronulla Real Estate Facebook page on Tuesday.

Read the artice and watch the video @ Sydney Morning Herald

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Hypothermia Myths And The Truth About Cold Water

zo, 29/10/2017 - 19:56

I was meeting with 40 professional mariners last week to discuss their man-overboard procedures. Since they operated where the water is cold (under 60 degrees most of the year), I asked them my favorite question. 

“If you go overboard in January wearing street clothes when the water is just above 33 degrees, how long until you become hypothermic?”

Read the fulle article and see the pictures @ Soundings

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Meet the oldest woman to swim across the English Channel

zo, 29/10/2017 - 19:53

Pat Gallant-Charette is living proof that we don’t need to put time constraints on our dreams. The 66-year-old grandmother of three from Westbrook, Maine became the oldest woman to ever swim across the English Channel in June when she made the 21-mile-turned-34-mile crossing (because of the strong current) in 18 hours.

Read the full portrait and see the picture @ ZwemZA

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wo, 25/10/2017 - 21:33

Cold water swimming: why the hell do so many people like doing it?

wo, 18/10/2017 - 00:50

The other week, I found myself front crawling my way down the icy lane of Brockwell Lido at 8am.

It was a lovely sunny September morning but bloody hell, was it f*cking freezing.

Even wearing a wetsuit, I found myself gasping for panicky air, trying not to ice to death. I thought I was a pretty good swimmer until I found myself floundering in sub-zero temperatures barely able to go four lengths without wheezing like a 90-year-old.

read the article and view the pictures @ Metro.UK

Ice Swimming (IISA)