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

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?"

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

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.

Show some rotational control!

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).

A History of Marathon Swimming - boekrecentie

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

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

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.

How to Swim for 67 Hours Straight

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.)

Speedo and Samsung deliver swim athletes some serious technology

A sporting heavyweight and tech giant have come together to deliver swim athletes some serious technology.

Revealing the partnership overnight in Berlin, Germany, Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. and Speedo International Ltd. are launching a new platform to help swimmers track their activity.

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

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.

Zwemanalyse teams zwemmen nog altijd buiten

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.

Living every stroke

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.

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