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Michael Oram on Starting times (part two)

The ratio for a Channel swim is more like 100% physical & 100% mental. Both are very and equally important. Both should be as positive as possible for the person involved bearing in mind that both are unlikely to be fully achieved by anyone. Even the top swimmers and the record breakers have doubts and fluctuation in their concentration and stroke.
The bigger the challenge the greater the need for motivation.
More to the point in Channel swimming is;
"Know your limitations before you exceed them because you will need to exceed them".
"You can lie to everyone else but you must be honest with yourself."

Quotes are basically motivation items and the percentage rule is just a motivational quote - Have you ever been to a conference or convention and come out with a spring in your step because you think you have heard what you wanted to hear and have a new vision on the tunnel of life you travel in?

Michael Oram on Starting time

This article is one to hopefully cover a lot of questions I have been receiving just lately now that the thoughts of next season are on a lot of minds. I have written a combined answer for all of you to select the bits you want to know. A bit of a lazy way to do it but I am suffering from work overload at the moment. I will answer the other questions as soon as I have some time, be it directly or via the chat site. There are a lot of answers to the questions I am receiving already in the chat site archives if waiting for my reply is a problem.

Michael Oram on booking priorities Channel swims

For those of you that have asked about the booking system we use --

The system for booking priority is that we book 4 places per pilot per set of Neap tides. Two sometimes 3 per set of Spring tides.

These are in priority of  number 1 first down to number 4 and it is the order in which the swimmers are offered a chance to swim.

Michael Oram on currents, tides and record swims

I think a lot interested parties are not quite understanding how this "Channel Swimming" and records works.

To start with a current is something usually found in rivers and is the continuous flow in one direction - the Gulf stream is a current. 
Tides are the movement of water due to the gravitational pull of the sun and moon. Easier to think of them perhaps as a rise and fall in water level induced by gravity. They vary by the minute in their speed and direction and you have to work to predictions that are far from accurate. The predictions are mathematical calculations and are based on the atmospheric pressure being 1013 milibars and constant with no influence from other sources such as the weather conditions. Hence they mean very little if you are planning a record swim.

Michael Oram on breaking Channel Swim records

First off -- Yes the record will be broken, (they always are). There is room for it to be trimmed down with the right conditions, the right swimmer and the right pilot. The swimmer is only the pilot's 3rd engine after all. The quality of the swimmers at the top is improving all the time and mixed in with a little bit of experience they can only get better. People like Trent will get better and more confident and next time he will be a little faster and a little more prepared. If it is someone else then they will have the lust and the hunger of the Alpha Male that will make them perform to beat the previous time.
Any Channel record is a combined effort of swimmer and pilot - both of whom are at the whims and mercy of the weather and tides. Mother nature is the deciding factor that makes or brakes a record attempt, and that goes for many sorts.

Michael Oram on spring tide swims

There is no problem with Spring tide swims as you can see from this past week - and from examples from just about every season for the past 10 years.

We have had fast and successful swims just about every day including an 8 hour 44 mins Oxford relay. A 25 hour 37 minute 2-way from Warwick Boys school (swimming back through the Dover Western enterance). A 12 hour 59 mins from the Warwick Kings school girls 1-way. The longer swims from Aspire and the other relays.

Spring Tides explained by Michael Oram

There is no problem with Spring tide swims as you can see from this past week - and from examples from just about every season for the past 10 years.

Nieuwe website voor het volgen van volgboten

2012-07-13 - Via de website van CS&PF vond ik een nieuwe website waarmee de boten op het kanaal kunnen worden gelokaliseerd. Het is de Vessel Finder. De vormgeving is fraai. Je kunt inzoomen. Ik weet echter nog niet of je de boten ook ziet bewegen wanneer ze varen. Vandaag lijkt het van niet.

Marathon and Channel Swimming Swimmer and Crew Checklist

Waar moet je allemaal aan denken om mee te nemen?

Op loneswimmer.com staat het een en ander.

This list below was originally based on Freda Streeter’s English Channel checklist and came via Charlie Gravett of Round Jersey Swimming Organisation.

Hold the Salt!

Originally posted on March 31, 2012

One of the most noticeable differences between pool and ocean swimming is the presence of salt water. For some, high salt concentrations can even be a deterrent to open water swimming. Fear not, here are some tips on what to expect when swimming in water with a high concentration in salt and some tools to mediating salt’s effects.