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Ice (Mile) Swimming (IISA)

From freezing lows to adrenaline highs: Why go ice swimming?

On a chilly afternoon along the picturesque shores of Loch Lomond, Scotland, the sound of bagpipes pierces the air as competitors in swimsuits, caps and goggles line up.

The audience, clad in warm winter coats, erupts in cheers as the swimmers dash into the ice-cold water of the green lake.

Post Ice Swim Recovery

There are many descriptions to recovery from an Ice Swim. Some will describe it as “out the body experience” a “bad trip” or “black rain”. In some ways, it is a very personal experience because it is a hard one and painful, we all deal with it physically but mostly mentally in our own way. For me personally, the possible hard recovery is always part of my swim and my planning. My swim ends when my recovery ends. When I push further in the ICE I take into consideration that I have to come back and it will be steeper.

Jan van Scheijndel - IJszwemmer "avant la lettre"?

Op de website van openwaterswimming.club vond ik een prachtige video van Jan van Schrijndel die bij 6 graden het meer van Te Werve induikt om zich voor te bereiden op zijn Kanaaloversteek.

IISA Ice-cup en WK in Burghausen

Date: 
woensdag, 4 januari, 2017 (Hele dag) tot zaterdag, 7 januari, 2017 (Hele dag)

In Burghausen naast goede deelname ook de accreditatiebijeenkomst van diverse Nederlanders.

Team Nederland komt aan in Burghausen

Burghausen - Het Nederlandse team druppelt binnen in Burghausen. Daar worden komende dagen de Wereldkampioenschappen IJszwemmen gehouden. Daarbij is er ook nog een Ice-Cup wedstrijd. 

Helaas is Raymond Oosterbaan verhinderd omdat hij niet fit genoeg is. Het goede nieuws is dat Fergil Donderdag in de snelste serie zit op de 1000m samen met enkele Wereldtoppers.

The Afterdrop, Rewarming And Post Rescue Collapse

All organisations, groups and teams that are faced with a probability of treating hypothermia should be prepared to apply the best care available and not that which is merely available or assumed sufficient to prevent death.

Over the last few years of dealing with acute hypothermia injuries, I am reminded over and over again that no athlete is immune.

ONK IJswemmen - IISA-Nederland

Date: 
vrijdag, 27 januari, 2017 (Hele dag) tot zaterdag, 28 januari, 2017 (Hele dag)

Op 27 en 28 januari zijn in Volendam de Nederlandse kampioenschappen IJszwemmen.

A wife’s perspective on living with a cold water obsessive swimmer…….

Firstly, you find wetsuits in your house……..everywhere. On the washing line, in the greenhouse, in the wardrobe and the shower cubicle. They are either dry or dripping or somewhere in between. When you want a shower you need to remove a wetsuit from the shower cubicle, which involves carrying one of the articles, normally dripping, from one afore-mentioned location to another.

Dipping my toe into cold-water swimming

It's not for the faint-hearted (no, medically it isn't), but cold-water swimming can boost circulation, immunity and the libido. So: here begins my bid to make next year's world championships

I'm standing at the edge of the men's swimming pond at Hampstead Heath. And I can completely understand why I'm virtually alone. Just as you wouldn't find 4'33'' by John Cage on the karaoke machine, and in the same way that Marcel Duchamp's Fountain never featured among Athena's range of iconic posters, most people don't see the point of spending a drizzly autumn weekend lowering themselves into ponds.

Sometimes ‘Crazy’ Gets the Job Done

Two years ago when I launched a campaign to protect the Ross Sea in Antarctica, the Daily Telegraph called me crazy.

“Pugh is like a detective that has been given 24 hours before he gets taken off the case,” the paper said. Adding, “His idea is so crazy it might just work.”

The crazy idea was that I would undertake a series of swims in the sub-zero waters of the Ross Sea to highlight their importance, and then try and persuade Russia to back the formation of a Marine Protected Area there – even though they had blocked the proposal at CCAMLR (The Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources) on five occasions.

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