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5 Fun facts about swimmers and sleep

di, 25/02/2020 - 22:57

Getting more sleep is the easiest way to swim faster this season. Here are some fun factoids about sleep and swimmers.

Competitive swimmers understand how important it is to work hard in practice, crush it in the gym, and to eat well.

You spend an endless amount of time drilling your technique, working your core strength, and developing the conditioning and strength to become a faster swimmer.

Read the full article @zwemza


Want to get Busy in the Heart of the City?

di, 25/02/2020 - 22:50

Grab your fanciest wetsuit and book your place in the Canary Wharf 1-Mile Swim!

In the heart of The City of London, this event enables swimmers to compete their way around Millwall Dock – the location for the boat stunts in the 1999 James Bond film ‘The World is Not Enough.’

Read the article @globalswimseries

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Islands of Ireland: In the swim of things at Sandy Cove Island

di, 25/02/2020 - 21:33

A very short drive from Kinsale lies an island that is the international focal point for a tough breed of people.

Sandy Cove Island, or Cnoc an Rois, is a grassy island which hosts a significant population of seagulls which create an enveloping cacophony for anybody who strays too near. It is unpopulated, apart from two herds of wild goats, and as it is possible to wade to it at high tide from the slip opposite at Sandy Cove, it attracts the occasional angler.

Read the full article @irishexaminer

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New Hampshire teen training to swim English Channel

di, 25/02/2020 - 21:29

 A 16-year-old New Hampshire native is training to swim the entire length of the English Channel. Before she heads to Europe in August, she made a training stop in the Upper Valley on Saturday.

Vera Rivard has been training for the 21-mile swim, which goes from Southern England to Northern France, for the past two years, but that isn't when she started her swimming career.

Rivard started swimming with the Upper Valley Aquatic Club more than 10 years ago.

Read the article and see the video @wcax

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Ice-swimming in Sweden: Is this the world's most extreme competition?

zo, 23/02/2020 - 09:41

Recreational, competitive or for health reasons, Scandinavians aren't short on excuses for jumping into the cold winter waters of the north. In Skellefteå they even celebrate it with a yearly festival.
Though the jury is still out on perceived health benefits, outdoor swimming in the middle of the winter is a Scandinavian pastime that is sure to get your endorphins going.

Read the article @thelocal


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Canadian adventurer out to swim 338km length of Otago’s Clutha River

za, 22/02/2020 - 10:14

It’s a piece of water often reserved for jet skiers and kayaks, but a piece of water Canadian Rob Hutchings is looking to conquer on his own.

The now Christchurch-based open water swimmer is hoping to become the first person ever to swim the entire 338km Clutha river.

“Some people think there must be a reason… I just like swimming,” says Hutchings.

Read the article @tvnz

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Dutchman Lars Bottelier takes line honours in 2020 Rottnest Channel Swim

za, 22/02/2020 - 10:04

Dutchman Lars Bottelier has taken line honours in the 2020 South32 Rottnest Channel Swim, winning the gruelling open-water race in a time of 4 hours, 18 minutes and 26 seconds.

The current male solo race record of 3:59:28 set in 2018 by Solomon Wright.

Will Rollo finished second in 4:22:16 with 17-year-old Kyle Lee finishing third in 4:25:30.

Read the full article @perthnow

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The ice swimmer champions tackling frozen lakes

vr, 21/02/2020 - 15:53

While most of us are wrapping up in coats, gloves and scarves to leave the house on chilly February mornings, one hospital worker is preparing to plunge into a near-freezing mountain-top lake.

Alistair Bell hopes to make his mark in the extreme sport of ice swimming.

Read the article @BBC

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How to Help Your Swimmers Learn to Draft

ma, 17/02/2020 - 22:38

Drafting is an important open water skill that can be practiced in the pool

Most of the technique coaching we provide our swimmers centers on reducing drag. Every square inch of body surface that pushes forward against the water slows that swimmer’s progress. But directly behind that body, there’s a slipstream zone that allows a following swimmer to avoid much of that resistance.

Swimming within that slipstream is known as drafting, and allows the trailing swimmer to follow a faster swimmer at a pace they couldn’t achieve on their own; or follow a swimmer of similar speed with greatly reduced effort.

Read the article @usms

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Marc-Antoine Olivier Wins FINA/CNSG Marathon Swim World Series In Doha

zo, 16/02/2020 - 09:58

Olympic and world champions kicked off the 2020 FINA/CNSG Marathon Swim World Series in the Arabian Gulf in Doha, Qatar today. 75 swimmers including 2016 Olympic gold medalist Ferry Weertman raced over the 10 km course at Katara Beach in Qatar.

Read the article @WOWSA


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Leonie Beck Wins FINA/CNSG Marathon Swim World Series In Doha

za, 15/02/2020 - 23:06

Olympic and world champions kicked off the 2020 FINA/CNSG Marathon Swim World Series in the Arabian Gulf in Doha, Qatar today. 53 swimmers including 2016 Olympic gold medalist Sharon van Rouwendaal raced over the 10 km course at Katara Beach in Qatar.

Leonie Beck of Germany who qualified 9th for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics emerged first over the field and her 2020 Olympic rivals including Haley Anderson of the USA, Rachele Bruni of Italy, Lara Grangeon of France, Ana Marcela Cunha of Brazil, Kareena Leei of Australia, fellow German teammate Finnia Wunram, and van Rouwendaal of the Netherlands.

Read the article @WOWSA

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Top 5 outdoor swimming spots in Ireland

vr, 14/02/2020 - 22:52

With summer only a few months away there will be many opportunities to enjoy an aquatic pursuit in one of the many outdoor swimming spots in Ireland.Is there anything better than basking in the sun and taking a leisurely swim to cool down on a hot summer’s day? 

There are many places in Ireland where you can do both as there are a wide variety of outdoor swimming spots scattered across the country.

See all 5 Outdoor swims @irelandbeforeyoudie

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A Fine Romance

vr, 14/02/2020 - 22:46

What’s your love story with water? Here, Joanna Scanlan, Jessica Hepburn and members of The OSS team share theirs – from the gushy liminal phase when you just can’t stop talking about it; the playing the field phase where the wildswim map is the equivalent of GrindR; the negotiating transactional phase (“am I going to keep on loving you if you’re so damn cold?”); right up to the co-creative forever “where are we going next, swimming my love, what is on the horizon for us as a couple…?”

Read the full love with water article @outdoorswimmingsociety

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Top swimmers sign up for Marathon Swim World Series Doha

ma, 10/02/2020 - 19:17

The FINA/CNSG Marathon Swim World Series Doha 2020 is set for exciting action as many star athletes have signed up for the season-opening meet, which will be held at scenic Katara Beach on February 15.
The Qatar Swimming Association (QSA) has finalised the entry list of competitors for the highly-anticipated meet of the 10km circuit, which includes a total of 136 swimmers (82 male and 53 female athletes) from 34 countries.

Read the article @m.gulf-times

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I swam 31 rivers in 31 days and survived, but we need a clean-up

za, 08/02/2020 - 11:45

Millions swim in open water and outdoor pools in the UK and we must press for better water standards

Why would you even want to swim in a UK river? It’s cold, it’s a bit mucky and yes, it comes with risk.

I may well die of some hideous waterborne flesh-eating virus that entered the water on the wing of a migrating bird, but I love river swimming.

Read the article @theguardian

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From the Northumberland coast to swimming in Antarctica - Alnwick swimmer's epic challenge

za, 08/02/2020 - 11:40

Jane Hardy is used to the cold while swimming off the Northumberland coast, but why she's raising the bar by braving even colder waters

Open water swimmer Jane Hardy has learned to cope with the cold during her daily dips off the Northumberland coast.

The 53-year-old, who lives near Alnwick, puts in a swim of around a kilometre on her forays from her favourite beach.

She began her sea swimming 10 years ago and at first used a wetsuit, but soon switched to a normal swimming costume, cap and goggles.

Read the full article @chroniclelive

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Doha to kick off FINA Marathon Swim World Series 2020

vr, 07/02/2020 - 16:15

Qatar Swimming Association (QSA) will organise the first meet of the FINA /CNSG Marathon Swim World Series 2020, which will see participation of world's best long-distance swimmers at Doha's stunning Katara Beach on February 15.

It will be the third consecutive year when the elite-level 10km men and women races will be held in the Qatari capital, which is also home to multiple FINA Swimming World Cups and the 2014 FINA World Swimming Championships.

Read the article @menafn

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Lack of cold temperatures felt within Doncaster's ice swimming community this winter

do, 06/02/2020 - 20:24

Chris Hill explores the link between climate change and the warmer than average rivers and lakes around Doncaster stopping his ambition of achieving an ice mile.

The impact of global heating is being felt in the winter swimming community.

Read the article @doncasterfreepress

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Explorer trains in Stratford to prep for 30-mile swim through freezing temperatures

di, 04/02/2020 - 19:58

International explorer and Discovery Channel host Justin Fornal is determined to conquer a 30-mile ice water swim with help from the Beardsley zoo.

"So, I’m going to attempt to do the first swim from Canada Greenland across the Nares Strait," Fornal explained while training in Stratford Sunday morning.

Read the article and see the video @news12

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2019 WOWSA Award Winners Announced

ma, 03/02/2020 - 20:16

The 2019 WOWSA Awards winners are selected by the public in a global online poll where one vote is allowed by one computer/one person. A total of 63,583 votes were inputted and determined the following winners:

* World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year: Adherbal Treidler de Oliveira (Brazil)

* World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year: Mariel Hawley Dávila (Mexico)

* World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year: Roman Karkachev, Timur Falomkin, Andrey Zamyslov, Anton Kutuev (Russia)

* World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year: Travesía Interminable by Antonio Argüelles (Mexico) and Adam Skolnick (USA)

Read the full article @WOWSA