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Swim The Channel: the agonies and ecstasies of the ultimate open-water swim

Every weekend from May to September, several dozen scantily clad people gather on a pebble beach at Dover Harbour in Kent armed with flip-flops, fleeces, pots of protective grease and a very specific dream – to get in the water and train for the world’s most esteemed open water swim, the English Channel.

Michael Oram on nutrition during an EC relay

From a long standing point of view as a pilot - just do your normal thing with the foods you like and the foods your body will accept. You are going to be on a slow moving boat that could well be rocking and rolling. Some swimmers just choose not to eat at all. Things like milk and chocolate can be a problem, but they are nice to eat and comforting.

Everything You Know About Surviving Rip Currents Is Wrong

About 100 people in the U.S. drown after being sucked out to sea in rips each year, and new research has experts arguing over how best to escape them. Australia has figured it out, why haven’t we?

Info on Lake Geneva swimming

Since a few years we have the Lake Geneva Swimming Association (http://www.lakegenevaswimmingassociation.com/). The Association facilitates swimming the length of Lake Geneva (69km).

Recently we have received extra links to websites concerning backgrounds for the swim:

How Marathon Swimmer Dan Simonelli Prepares for the English Channel

By Melissa Berkay, Swimming World College Intern

Swimming is an amazing sport. It challenges individuals to overcome obstacles, set short-term and long-term goals, be disciplined, develop time management skills, learn values of hard work and determination, and demonstrate the courage it takes to push your body to its limits. A topic consistently discussed in the sport of swimming is pool swimming. A step further into the realm of swimming that is not as exposed is open water marathon swimming. Marathon swimming is obtaining more media attention every year and the amount of swimmers who have stepped out of the pool and into the ocean for open water races has increased.

Endurance swimming star Adam Walker's 'Man VS Ocean' book released

Picking up a new hobby after watching a movie on an aeroplane may seem fairly normal to most people – but when that new hobby involves swimming the English Channel followed by some of the most dangerous straits of water known to man, it begins to sound less conventional!  

Adam Walker did exactly that, and eventually his accomplishments in swimming allowed him to turn his passion into a career as a

Why Being Near The Ocean Can Make You Calmer And More Creative

Bij Huffington Post vond ik dit artikel over de rol van water in ons leven. Waarom trekt het zo? Een antwoord?

Since ancient times, humans have assigned healing and transformational properties to water. In early Rome, baths were an important part of cultural life, a place where citizens went to find relaxation and to connect with others in a calming setting. In ayurveda, the ancient Indian medicinal wisdom, and traditional Chinese medicine, the water element is crucial to balancing the body and creating physical harmony. Rivers have long been seen as sacred places, and in a number of different spiritual contexts, water has symbolized rebirth, spiritual cleansing and salvation.

Marty Veen geëerd voor verdiensten open water zwemmen

2016-03-04 - Rotterdam - Zoals bekend is Marty Veen toegetreden tot de International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame in 2015. Er is eerder daarover op www.noww.nl over gepubliceerd en ook op www.ishof.org. Daar horen versierselen bij. Richard Broer die deel uitmaakt van de Board of Directors van IMSHoF heeft deze eind vorig jaar overhandigd gekregen van zijn collega Ned Denison onder genot van een Indonesische maaltijd in Den Haag.

Going long? Fat is where it’s at

Op internet werd ik attent gemaakt op het volgende artikel over voeding. Het gaat in op de wens van veel zwemmers om voor de grote oversteek kilo's aan te komen.

Going long? Fat is where it’s at…

When we dive into the wild world of ultras, fueling for the distance is always a major friction point. What to eat, when to eat it, and even – at times – how best to eat it, all become matters of vital importance when we’re going long. We start researching the issue more deeply and this is where problems begin because a lot of the information out there is, at best, misleading and at worst, utter crap.

More on carbs…

Sea swimming; What to do if you encounter a seal

Would you know what to do if you encountered a seal? Here's how to swim with them safely

Swimmers at Brixham in Devon have been regularly coming into contact with seals in so one of them contacted Sue Sayer of the Cornwall Seal Group Research Trust on how to do it safely.  Her reply was fascinating and we thought more swimmers would want to read it - even those who have never been buffeted gently by a large seal.