Channel swim - some reflections

source the blog from Karen Throsby : http://thelongswim.blogspot.com/

It’s been 10 days now since I swam the Channel. Physically, I emerged from it better than I thought I would; mostly I just felt really hung over for several days – probably the result of dehydration, plus general metabolic chaos. I wasn’t particularly stiff or sore, but my energy levels were very erratic, and I was quite hyper from adrenalin and sugar for a couple of days post-swim. Consequently, I had trouble sleeping for more than a couple of hours at a time for several days. Still, I felt like the training had really paid off, and that I’d come out it pretty well, with no injuries to speak of. In psychological terms, it took a while for it to all sink in. I’d found the last four hours incredibly hard, distressing…

Swimmer Braves Murky Loch Ness for Charity

The original article is posted (with pictures) on UT D since Aug. 24, 2010

Alumna's Relay Team Crosses 23-Mile Lake to Aid Afghan Women and Children

One summer after her solo English Channel crossing, Sophie Rutenbar has again boldly gone where few have swum before her.

The UT Dallas alumna joined five other long-distance swimmers in an Aug. 5 relay swim across Scotland’s murky Loch Ness to raise money for the Afghan Mother and Child Rescue (AMCR) charity.

The six women traversed the 23-mile length of the lake, known as the home of the fabled Loch Ness Monster, in 13 hours and 23 minutes.

Open water swim a lesson in finishing what you start

The original article is posted by Vincent Putera on The Winfield Daily Courier with pictures since Monday, August 23, 2010 4:34 PM CDT

Let me start by saying that I’ve never done anything that’s even remotely close to this. I don’t consider myself a regular swimmer, let alone an avid swimmer. But when the opportunity to swim what could very well be the first Open Water Swim in the Midwest region, my childlike sense of wonder came knocking.

I could do this, I thought. And I did, and this is how it all happened.

The 2010 Winfield Open Water Swim stretches out one mile out and back along the Winfield City Lake dam and hence appropriately dubbed the “dam swim.”

Ned Denison, A Mountain And Mover In Open Water Swimming

 The original article bt Steven Munatones is posted on The Daily News of Open Water Swimming since Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Lewis Pugh signs up for Midmar Mile

The original article is posted (with picture) on SouthAfrika.info since 23 August 2010

Lewis Pugh, the first man to complete long-distance swims in every ocean, including the Arctic and Antarctic, without the aid of a wetsuit, has signed up to take part in South Africa's famous open-water swim, the Midmar Mile.

Mum gives up job to swim English Channel

The original article by Duncan Smith is posted on This is Local London since 12:01pm Monday 23rd August 2010

A MOTHER of two is training for a marathon swim across the English Channel next month in aid of the Royal National Life Boat Institution.

Chantal Carr, 35, from Edmonton, has given up her job to complete intensive training before the gruelling 21-mile swim from Dover beach to Cap Gris-Nez near Calais through a busy shipping lane.

Mrs Carr said: "Doing a Channel swim is something I have been thinking about for a few years. Reading up about it I found out that it is 80 per cent mental and 20 per cent physical.

U.S. swimmers deliver perfect Pan Pacific finish by winning 10K races

The original article by David Felton is posted on Post-Telegram since 08/22/2010 11:12:59 PM PDT

LONG BEACH - Only the rules of the Pan Pacific Championships could keep the American women from sweeping the medals at Sunday's 10K open water race at Marine Stadium.

The U.S. contingent actually posted the four best times of the race, led by Christine Jennings (2 hours, 0 minutes, 33.834 seconds) and 17-year-old Eva Fabian (2:00:35.759).

Emily Brunemann crossed the finish line third in 2:00:37.866 and Haley Anderson was fourth (2:00:40.975) with Australian Melissa Gorman a distant fifth in 2:00:56.579.

But because of a Pan Pac rule that essentially limits a nation to a maximum of two medals in each event, Gorman was awarded the bronze medal and will be officially recorded as the third-place finisher.

Peterson able to finish strong at swim event

The original article is posted on OC register (with picture) since Aug. 22, 2010 | 10:05 p.m.

Long Beach – After nearly 10,000 meters and two hours of swimming, and an excruciating 100 meters still remaining in the Pan Pacific Games Open water event, Fullerton's Chip Peterson burst into the lead, leaving the field and the disappointment of not making the 2008 Olympic Games in his wake.

The University of North Carolina graduate finished the five-lap course around the Long Beach Marine Stadium on Sunday morning in 1-hour, 56 minutes and 00.02 seconds, taking a major step toward next year's World Championships in Shanghai and the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

Former Mission Viejo Nadadore Fran Crippen was second in 1:56:02.74 with Canada's Richard Weinberger third at 1:56:02.98.

Interview Nadandolibre with Penny Palfrey -Your home is it the planet.. the destiny .. swim and conquer the oceans.

Nadandolibre · We saw your video in Gibraltar swimming with whales, do you think is it possible interacts with big mammals while you swim?

Penny ·I love swimming with Pilot Whales and dolphins, it’s truly an amazing experience, I feel so privileged that they choose to come and swim with me at their own free will. I love to watch them move effortlessly through the water and listen to their songs, squeaks and sounds.
I’ve experienced them in large pods sometimes four deep below me, some as close as the tips of my fingers away. One of my favourite swimming memories is when a mother dolphin brought her pup to see me, they swam beneath me and then turned upside down, we looked at each other eye to eye. There are not too many animals in the world that neither fear nor threaten us. It’s wonderful interacting with them in that way.

Cumbrian charity swim cancelled because 'lives at risk'

source: http://www.newsandstar.co.uk

A charity swim on Ullswater due to take place today has been cancelled because of a clash over safety concerns.

The managing director of Distant Horizons outdoor centre, who was approached by the Outdoor Swimming Society (OSS) to run the 10k challenge, was forced to cancel, he says, after the society increased the number of entrants from 100 to 180.

“I explained to them that this was in breach of our original agreement, and that 180 was far too large a number, especially as there had already been three deaths on Ullswater this year,” Jason Beverley, 39, said.

'Custard Man' tastes defeat in Channel swim challenge

source: http://www.eveshamjournal.co.uk

A BRAVE cancer survivor who dreamed of swimming the English Channel had his hopes dashed just a mile from the finish line.

Dave Granger of Norton set off on the 21 mile swim at 5.30am last Friday in a bid to complete a lifelong ambition and raise £2,000 for the Cyclists Fighting Cancer charity, of which he is a trustee.

The 53-year-old was faced with a tirade of bad weather from the start and had to contend with medication which made him ill and the side effects of his treatment for throat cancer which causes painful ulcers when in contact with salt water, leaving him unable to swallow solid food.

Limbless man, Philippe Croizon, to swim the English Channel

source: http://www.telegraph.co.uk

Philippe Croizon, a man who has no arms and legs, will attempt to swim the English Channel next week.

The Frenchman lost his limbs in an accident 16 years ago and has only taught himself to swim in the last two years.

He will attempt to become the first limbless person to swim the Channel - a distance of 21 miles.

Mr Croizon, 42, will be fitted with prosthetic legs with flippers attached and a snorkel for the challenge.

He is expecting to take up to 24 hours, at a speed of 1.8 miles per hour, to complete it and will take regular one-minute breaks to eat and drink.

Mr Croizan lost his limbs after suffering an electric shock at his home in Saint-Remy-sur-Creuse in west France.

Sociologist becomes part of her own research project as she successfully swims the English Channel

source: http://www2.warwick.ac.uk

A sociologist at the University of Warwick who is researching the cross channel swimming community has become a part of her own project by successfully completing the gruelling 21 mile swim herself.

Dr Karen Throsby has turned her passion for long distance swimming into an Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) funded research project exploring what motivates someone to attempt a channel swim. Her project,  Becoming a Channel swimmer: embodiment and identity in an extreme sporting culture will also look at how the body changes when you train for a marathon swim and what that reveals about the body’s limits.

Counting cost of Great North Swim cancellation

source: http://www.thewestmorlandgazette.co.uk/

THE cancellation of the Great North Swim disappointed thousands of swimmers as well as local traders.

Over 9,000 competitors had signed up for what would have been the third annual one mile race from Low Wood marina.

One swimmer who decided to stay in the area was Sarah Findley, 28, from Leeds, who was to swim in the event to raise money for the Stroke Association.

She said: “I got a text and an e-mail on Friday to say it had been postponed.

North Channel Swim Report

source: http://sligotriathlon.blogspot.com

Club member Kieran Fitzgerald recently formed part of the support crew for Annemarie Ward's successful north channel swim. This invovles swimming from Ireland to Scotland and is as daunting as it sounds with only 10 crossings to date. It's rated as more difficult than the English Channel which puts it into perpective, it really is a massive achievement reported in the national press and further. The main challenges are the low water temperature, currrents and jellyfish which can be found in massive numbers in those waters. Swimmers cannot wear wetsuits and rely on grease (goose fat i think) to provide some insulation.

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