Solving the fuelling and hydration puzzle

For all endurance sports, two major factors that cause fatigue and ultimately slowing down are dehydration and running out of carbohydrate. In open water swimming the situation is complicated by the water and ambient temperature, sunlight and the use (or not) of wetsuits, all of which will impact sweat rates.

Don’t let the clock spoil your open water swim

Last weekend I took part in Swim Serpentine, a new open water event on the UK calendar. It ran over two days, with a mass a participation (wetsuit or tow-float compulsory) 1-mile swim on the Saturday followed by the inaugural British Open Water Swimming Championships on Sunday. This was a 2-mile (3.3km) race under FINA rules, so no wetsuits. We were there for the entire weekend with a stand for the magazine and I also did both races.

British billionaire Richard Branson is back on.

He recovered from a recent head-first, high-speed cycling crash on the British Virgin Islands and is on track to attempt a charity tandem swim together with American actor Adrian Grenier in the 3.2 km Strait of Messina in Italy on September 27th.

Round-Island swimmers raise £18,000 for heroes

MORE than £18,000 was raised for Holidays for Heroes Jersey as ex-servicemen – including a team of injured military personnel – and Island swimmers completed a round-Island relay swim.

Marathon Swimmer Falls Short in Bid for a Record Off San Francisco

SACRAMENTO — Just before noon on Friday, Kim Chambers, 39, stood on a floating dock at the Sacramento Yacht Club as Kala Sherman-Presser, a member of her support team, rubbed lanolin under Chambers’s arms and the seams of her swimsuit.

Chambers wore a swim cap, turquoise-frame goggles and the scorch marks of an acupuncturist’s glass cups — the type Michael Phelps made famous in Rio.

Zwemmers en coaches Biesbosch - Hellevoetsluis bekend

2016-10-08 - Voorburg/Zeist - Het team wat de estafette zwemt van de Biesbosch naar Hellevoetsluis is bekend:

Persbericht: Olympiërs zwemmen van Biesbosch naar Haringvliet op vrijdag 14 oktober

Date: 
vrijdag, 14 oktober, 2016 - 07:00 tot 20:00

Op vrijdag 14 oktober zwemmen 12 getrainde openwaterzwemmers ruim 50 km in estafettevorm door de rijkdom van de Nederlandse deltanatuur. De route gaat vanuit de Biesbosch over het Hollands Diep en het Haringvliet, langs het natuureiland Tiengemeten tot in vestingstad Hellevoetsluis nabij de Haringvlietdam. Ruim 12 uur zwemmen is het; van de Biesbosch naar het Haringvliet.

Kennebunk’s Susan Knight swims her way into the record books in the English Channel.

Long-distance, open-water swimming is a solitary sport — hour after hour, mile after mile of lonely paddling in vast waters. It attracts people possessed of quiet grit, not to mention muscled backs and arms. As Susan Knight nears Pine Point Beach in Scarborough, she’s just finished a 3-mile swim. Still in the water, she moves easily through the sluggish surf, stepping over gentle rollers, her skin glistening and freckled in the morning sun.

Tips By Christof Wandratsch On Ice Swimming

Wandratsch talks with long-time professional marathon swimming colleague Shelley Taylor-Smith about the emerging niche in the open water swimming community, The Ice.

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.

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