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Nude swimmers warned of GONAD-GOBBLING FISH ON THE LOOSE

'Testicles sit nicely in their mouth' expert tells Swedes

Swedish men have been told to stay out of the water after a gonad-gobbling fish known as the "ball cutter" was spotted in the wild.

The warning was issued after fisherman caught what appears to be a 21cm-long pacu fish in the Oresund Sound between Denmark and Sweden.

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Michael Oram on distance swum

Reference the distance statements and queries--

It's DISTANCE TRAVELLED - not distance SWUM.

On the top of the springs the tidal flow up and down Channel is around the 11 to 13.5 nautical miles (25 km). Wendy Trehiou swam for 39+ hours (on Wednesday August 21, 2013). That's 6.6 tide changes - about 70 nm of tidal work without any swimming.

Michael Oram on Jelly Fish

Jelly fish are and have always been part of an English Channel swim. They appear at any time during the crossing but are more concentrated in the middle section (around the separation zone). They do collect around the point at Cap Gris Nez - although we have not seen many of them there so far this year.

There are a lot of the small clear harmless ones plus a few of the stinging purple stinging ones. The sting is mild and on par with a nettle sting when ashore.
Many swimmers have tried different systems to prevent getting stung but most still suffer from the occasional encounter.

We do have a considerable number of Portuguese Man of war this year (Clear top but with a brownish core and fairly long tentacles, 2 to 3 foot plus) but they are usually deeper than the little ones. If you think you might be allergic to them take some antihistamine cream along.

Michael Oram on Jelly Fish

Jelly fish are and have always been part of an English Channel swim. They appear at any time during the crossing but are more concentrated in the middle section (around the separation zone). They do collect around the point at Cap Gris Nez - although we have not seen many of them there so far this year.

There are a lot of the small clear harmless ones plus a few of the stinging purple stinging ones. The sting is mild and on par with a nettle sting when ashore.

Swimming Induced Pulmonary Edema (SIPE)

Uit de nieuwsbrief van USA Open Water Swimming

This month we are going to partially reprint an article which appeared 4 years ago in our newsletter.  This reprint is prompted by a recent post titled “Why I almost Died During the New York City Ironman Triathlon” at http://ht.ly/djjoE. It is written by a triathlete about her experience with SIPE.

Michael Oram on training

You can train in many ways and have many targets but the English Channel swim is unique and very dependant on your mental attitude and mental stamina as well as your physical ability.

Every year I hear swimmers complaining of just about everything they can think of. Mainly because they expect too much - get to serious about their results and progress and get frustrated with their repetitive approach.

Don't let it become a chore. Don't look forward to a day off.

First off

Michael Oram on Spring versus Neap tides

I am getting a lot of questions about Neaps versus Springs swim as there is very few Neap tide places (if any) available.

I've tried my best to answer your questions below in a slightly different way to usual as from what I am reading there seems to be a lot of confusion circulating. This answer is a general one to try and make it possible to think things through.

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.

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