To All the Men "Getting Chicked," Get Used to It

As more women work with their physiology, they are getting closer to, and in many instances passing, the men.

Recently, New York Magazine online ran a story titled, "The Obscure Ultra-Endurance Sport Woman Are Quietly Dominating." The big reveal? That in the sport of ultra-endurance swimming, women were quite simply schooling the men. Most notably, the article cited a Swiss study published in 2015 that revealed that in the 87-year span between 1927 and 2014, the fastest women were an average of 52.9 minutes faster than the fastest men. What's more, when they looked at average times across open water swimmers in general, the average woman is faster than the average man.

Cloe McCardel on verge of Channel swim history

From a near-death experience suffering heat stroke in the burning Caribbean sun to hypothermia after being pulled out of freezing Atlantic waters, Chloe McCardel has suffered for her sport.

And that's before mentioning the savage box jellyfish stings the open-water marathon swimmer endured on a failed attempt at navigating the waters between the US and Cuba.

The Obscure Ultra-Endurance Sport Women Are Quietly Dominating

In 1985, Nature published a paper arguing that women would outrun men in marathons by 2000. Like so many other things that were supposed to happen “in the year 2000,” this prediction never came to fruition. Women’s finishing times were indeed improving rapidly as compared to the rate of men’s improvements, but that was likely because women were so much newer to distance running as compared to men. As science writer Rose Eveleth has explained, that Nature paper “extrapolated linearly from a few points of early data. (Its conclusions are mocked in many entry-level statistics courses.)” In 2016, the fastest men runners are still about 12 percent faster than the fastest women, and most exercise scientists doubt that women will ever outperform men at the elite marathon level.

Swimming in the English Channel at Night - by Nick Adams

Channel Challenge: this article is used with kind permission of Nick Adams. 

Swimming at night can be daunting to even the most experienced open water swimmers. The perceptions that it will be a lot colder, the ‘nasties’ in the water will be able to sneak up on the swimmer with greater ease and ships won’t see you before it’s too late are all myths.

Here are some findings from swimmers once they’ve survived a night swim:

Kevin Murphy on Tapering for the EC

Swimmers question: Do I need to taper for the EC?

Answer by Kevin Murphy:

My advice is to listen to what your body is telling you. As you approach the swim are you training to improve or are you as good as you can be and anything more is simply making you tired.

Personally I tried not to do a long swim (10 or 12 hours) or a back to back (7 hours and 6 hours over two days) during the three weeks prior to a Channel attempt. 

Michael Oram on "why the assesment swims"

Angela & I introduced the idea of an "awareness swim" way back in 1992 when we were Hon Secs for the old CSA. You will see from the swim records that the early 1990's was the beginning of an increase of solo swims and relay swims and a lot of the people applying had little or no open water swimming experience. The number of swimmers new to the port who thought that the Channel was a good starting point demanded that there was some sort of bench mark like other long distance open water swims that were to be tried first and that the English Channel was far from a beginners swim.

Michael Oram on preparing and swimming the EC

Everyone is entitled to an opinion, and to swim the English Channel you need to be an individual - with your own opinion and positive thoughts, plus have the ability to decide what you want to do and how you want to do it. If your method of training suits you then go for it, you do not have to agree or disagree with others, just listen and make your own mind up as to what is your best approach. The points you have put forward will hopefully help others to decide their training decisions I'm sure. 

Samen in actie: team Wieteke

Donderdag 25 augustus 2016 is voor Wieteke van den Boogert en haar team (zie foto, v.l.n.r: Jeffrey Siemons, coach Richard Broer, Jan van Buuren, Pierre Mellegers en Helena Mels-Timmermans) een dag om niet gauw te vergeten. Op die dag zwommen ze voor Metakids het kanaal over tussen Engeland en Frankrijk. Een afstand van ruim 33 km, in een tijd van 13 uur en 5 minuten.

ECSC zwemt het Kanaal - fotoreportage

Van donderdag op vijdag 25 en 26 augustus is ECSC er in geslaagd om Het Kanaal, het Nauw van Calais zwemmend over te steken. Het team deed de oversteek van Dover naar Escalle in 13 uur De loods was Simon Ellis op de Sea Farer IIDe overtocht werd niet waargenomen mdat de oversteek met Wetsuits was. Neemt niet weg dat de oversteek zwaar werd door de vele kwallen die we tegenkwamen in de schemering en het begin van de nacht. De vreemde knik halverwege is waarschijnlijk ontstaan door de vertraging die we kregen door het kwallenveld.

Sebastiaan Tan - Channel Swimmer, the movie

Op Youtube verscheen recent het filmpje van de oversteek over Het Kanaal door Sebastiaan Tan: