More lies, damn lies and statistics…

To battle the boredom, I often design different pieces of channel swimming analysis whilst I swim…here are a few recent pieces of analysis:

Is this the best/worst season ever? This season the water temperature rose quickly and the weather was generally sunny without significant wind. As a result a lot of the Dover trainees seemed to get away early…so my perception was that it was turning into a stellar season. But was this perception or reality…back to the database to find the facts…

Cold water swimming advice from an Ice Mile expert

In a few weeks, Outdoor Swimmer's very own English channel soloist and ice kilometre challenger, Joanne, will be heading to Cheltenham to swim what she hopes will be her first ice kilometre swim at the Great British IISA Championships. She’s been chatting with Kate Steels throughout the winter and recently visited her at Andark lake.

Kate is the GB chair of the International Ice Swimming Association, event director of the championships at Cheltenham and an accomplished ice and marathon swimmer. Kate is one swim away from becoming the first British person, and third person ever, to complete Ice Sevens – completing an ice mile swim in every continent – with just a swim in South America needed to complete what will be an incredible feat. She's swimming in memory of her son Dan.

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.

Cancer survivor is first person to swim the Channel four times non-stop

American Sarah Thomas, 37, tests limits of endurance by swimming the EC 4 times in 54 hours

An American woman has become the first person to swim the Channel four times non-stop, dedicating her achievement to fellow survivors of breast cancer.

Sarah Thomas, 37, began her marathon feat at 12.07am BST on Sunday morning and finished just over 54 hours later at 6.30am on Tuesday.

Het Kanaal over op je bucketlist

Editie NL wilde wel eens weten waarom het Kanaal overzwemmen op je bucketlist kan staan. Roy Danckaarts en Wendy Dorrestijn van ZwemAnalyse konden dat precies vertellen. Wendy omdat ze haar oversteek in 2020 ook gebruikt om geld in te zamelen voor een PTSS-hulphond.

Roy wilde nog wel kwijt dat het géén stoer verhaal voor op feestjes is. "De meeste mensen hebben toch zoiets van, waarom zou je zwemmen als er ook een veerboot gaat?"

Lisa Dreesens volbrengt heroïsche zwemtocht over het Kanaal

Even na middernacht, van zondag op maandag, heeft Lisa Dreesens uit Venray haar zwemtocht over het Kanaal volbracht. De 27-jarige Limburgse deed tien uur en twintig minuten over haar heroïsche oversteek van het Engelse Dover naar het Franse Cap Gris Nez, vlakbij Calais.

Slechts 22 Nederlandse zwemmers slaagden er eerder ook in om de overkant te halen in de 144-jarige geschiedenis van het Kanaalzwemmen.

Clinics hebben veel deelname!

2019-08-07 - Wassenaar - ChannelChallenge heeft inmiddels meer dan 8 open water zwemclinics gegeven. De meeste daarvan waren in samenwerking met ZwemAnalyse. De clinics waren in zowel zoet als zout water en op heel verschillende locaties. Er komen er nog wat meer aan: 

Zowel International SOS als Zeeleeuwen onverrichterzaken naar huis

De beide teams die ChannelChallenge zou begeleiden over Het Kanaal hebben lang gewacht op een mogelijk moment voor een oversteek.

Team International SOS has a training in Folkstone

2019-07-17 - Folkstone - The team of Interntional SOS employees are ready to go! When travelling towards Dover it was likely to have them swim tonight. The weather has however changed. The swim is postponed to Thursday and finish on Friday.

This leaves the opportunity to have an extra training. They swam at leasurly pace for some time to a bouy that is layin in front of the hotel and returned to shore. The water was very agreable with 17,9C. The current was not. It took some effort to get from the bouy back to the spot on the beach where we left.The swim was verynice indeed!

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