Wat is ChannelChallenge?

ChannelChallenge is de website die verslag doet van de zwemmers en teams die de ultieme uitdagingen in de zwemsport aandurven. Hat gaat dus om de zwemmer of het estafetteteam die zich aan "de grote oversteek" waagt. ChannelChallenge faciliteert, ondersteunt, helpt en begeleidt. 

Zelf ook zwemmend Het Kanaal, Gibraltar of het IJsselmeer over?

Wie durft de uitdaging aan?
Het Kanaal is dé top-uitdaging in het lange afstandszwemmen. Elke zichzelf respecterende open water zwemmer wil een poging gedaan hebben om in estafette, of zelfs solo, Het Kanaal te bedwingen. De tocht en de weg er naartoe zijn uniek!

IJsselmeer nu definitief in International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame

2020 International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Induction Virtual Ceremonies 

IMSHOF will run a LIVE virtual Class of 2020 Induction and Awards Ceremony on Zoom.

zaterdag, 1 mei, 2021 - 21:00 tot zondag, 2 mei, 2021 - 22:45

Please mark your calendars to attend this virtual event (from the safety of your own home with your family). Closer to the time we will supply connection details.

Saturday 1 May California 12 noon-2pm ; Chicago 2-4pm ; New York/Toronto 3-5pm ; Brazil/Argentina 4-6pm ; London 8-10pm ; Amsterdam/Budapest/Cairo/Rome 9-11pm and Bulgaria/Athens/Moscow 10-12 midnight

Sunday 2 May Mumbai 00:30-2 :30 am ; Perth/Hong Kong 3-5am ; Melbourne 5-7 am and New Zealand 7-9 am
Sorry for the terrible times for Asia , Australia and New Zealand.

20% of People Have a Genetic Mutation That Provides Superior Resilience to Cold

Almost one in five people lack the protein α-aktinin-3 in their muscle fiber. Researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden now show that more of the skeletal muscle of these individuals comprises slow-twitch muscle fibers, which are more durable and energy-efficient and provide better tolerance to low temperatures than fast-twitch muscle fibers. The results are published in the scientific journal The American Journal of Human Genetics.

Skeletal muscle comprises fast-twitch (white) fibers that fatigue quickly and slow-twitch (red) fibers that are more resistant to fatigue. The protein α-aktinin-3, which is found only in fast-twitch fibers, is absent in almost 20 percent of people – almost 1.5 billion individuals – due to a mutation in the gene that codes for it. In evolutionary terms, the presence of the mutated gene increased when humans migrated from Africa to the colder climates of central and northern Europe.

Can Cold Water Cure Dementia?

New research suggests swimming in cold water could provide big brain benefits

If you took part in a polar plunge to clear the cobwebs and ring in the New Year feeling refreshed and ready, you might want to consider adding some more chilly splashes the rest of the year. It might not all be in your head—or maybe that brand-new feeling is in the very cells of your brain itself.

It seems there could be a connection between swimming in cold water and a healthier brain, according to new research led by Giovanna Mallucci, a professor of clinical neurosciences and associate director of the UK Dementia Research Institute at the University of Cambridge. Her team has recently produced some compelling evidence that cold water swimming could slow age-related cognitive decline and maybe even hold the key to a future cure for dementia.

After-drop is real – and how to deal with it

If you have spent any time hanging around open water swimmers you may have heard the term “after-drop”. If you’ve done any swimming in cool water, you may have experienced it. For the uninitiated, after-drop refers to the decline in your core body temperature after you have got out of the water.

When you swim in cool water the body cleverly tries to protect vital organs by reducing blood flow to the skin and limbs. Thus the core stays warm while the skin, arms and legs cool down. The process is known as peripheral vasoconstriction.

A very good video on Hypothermia > too long in water that is too cold

This is presented by The South End Rowing Club in San Francisco - where the water never really gets warm.

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De 13 positieve effecten van kou op je lichaam

(Soest - 2020-01-27) Recent stond er in de krant dat het heel gezond kan zijn om jezelf regelmatig bloot te stellen aan lage temperaturen. Wouter van Marken Lichtenbelt, hoogleraar aan de Universiteit van Maastricht, raadt aan om regelmatig de kou op te zoeken. Volgens hem is het niet nodig om altijd een dikke sjaal en muts te dragen.

De laatste jaren zijn er in de medische literatuur steeds meer studies te vinden naar de gezondheidsvoordelen van regelmatige blootstelling aan koude temperaturen. Wim Hof, die internationaal bekend staat als ‘The Iceman’, is al lange tijd bekend met de kracht van kou. De Nederlander heeft dan ook vele kouderecords op zijn naam staan. Ook werkte hij mee aan verschillende wetenschappelijke onderzoeken. Daarbij is vastgesteld dat wij bewust ons zenuwstelsel en immuunsysteem kunnen beïnvloeden (1, 2). Meditatie en ademhaling zijn daarbij belangrijke factoren. De kracht van meditatie en ademhaling is zo groot, dat kou minder vat krijgt op lichaam en geest. Blootstelling aan kou kan de geest scherpen en trainen, maar er zijn ook vele voordelen voor het fysieke lichaam.

Neoprene and afterdrop: how to keep swimming outside this winter

With a reported 323% rise in people swimming outdoors, here is the expert guide to ensuring you take the plunge safely – even when temperatures plummet

When lockdown rules eased in May, a friend and I went for a surreptitious dip in a nearby lake. It was exactly what we needed. The shock of cold water provided the thrills, while merging into the landscape brought the bliss. Afterwards, we floated through the woods on a post-swim high. “Shall we do it again next week?” we said.