A Dip in the Cold

The original book review on Swimming the Northwest Passage by by Lynne Cox is posted by The New Yorker since April 21, 2008.

In June, 1972, I flew over the North Atlantic Ocean. I was fifteen years old, and on my way to England to swim across the English Channel. I gazed out the window of the plane and saw Greenland. Glacial domes sparkled in the clear blue Arctic sky, fractured snow and ice clung to the steep mountain walls, and rivers of ice and snow extended in wide bands to the sea. I pressed my forehead against the cool window and looked thirty-five thousand feet down. Something small and white was floating on the dark-blue water—an iceberg.

Niek Kloots - Promoting Open Water In Europe

The original article by Steven Munatones is posted on partnersite 10k swimmer since Friday August 21, 2009

Open water swimming promoter Niek Kloots of Heiloo, born in 1957 in the tropics in Indonesia to Dutch parents, has been involved in swimming from many different angles: parent, timekeeper, judge, starter, official and all-around enthusiast.

Sponsor Looking For Marathon Swimmers

story on our partner site 10kswimmer.com

They are looking for four outstanding marathon swimmers to become an Endurance Trust sponsored athlete.

Contact us via email at headcoach@10Kswim.com to apply.

Tell us why you are interested and worthy - in any format you wish. We will select four athletes of various ages, abilities and backgrounds to become a Endurance Trust sponsored athlete - and will follow these four athletes on their adventures and worthy causes.

Hot over cold challenge

The original article is posted (with picture) on The Star since Sunday August 16, 2009.

Heidi Gan is undeterred by a fellow Malaysian’s aborted swim across the English Channel and hopes to take on what is known as the Everest of open water swimming by the end of next year.

BARELY six weeks after Zahra Masoumah Abdul Halim’s aborted swim across the English Channel, another Malaysian lass is keen to take up the challenge.

Undeterred by her fellow Malaysian’s unsuccessful attempt last month, Heidi Gan hopes to take on what is known as the Everest of open water swimming by the end of next year.

In fact, the day her cousin Dr Lennard Lee conquered the channel in 2004, it whetted her appetite for open water swimming.

Masadur to swim Palk Strait in July next year

The original article is posted on Samaylive since Thu, 30 Jul 2009 at 19:51 IST.

Kolkata: Having swum the English Channel and the Strait of Gibraltar, physically challenged swimmer Masadur Rahman Baidya will set out to cross the Palk Strait in July next year.
The 41-year-old swimmer, who lost both his legs from the knee-down in a train mishap in his young days, will swim the 35 km long strait separating India and Sri Lanka after making the start from Talaimannar in Sri Lanka.

Masadur, the first male double amputee below the knee to cross the English Channel, will touch the shore at Dhanushkodi of Tamil Nadu, the swimmer announced Thursday at a function.

"Talks are now on with the defence and home ministries of both the countries," Masadur said at a programme where he was felicitated on the 12th anniversary of his English Channel triumph.

Paul Oudendijk 1st to cross the 22 km IJsselmeer in breaststroke

Last Saterday the Dutch swimmer was the first recorded and finished attemp to cross the 22km IJsselmeer marathon completely in breaststroke.

He swam it in 6:48.30,12 slightly 2 hours after the first finisher in freestyle.

To bad for him there wasn't a National Championship breaststroke that day.

The National Championship freestyle women was won by Bianca de Bruijn in 4:41.02,62 and at the men by Ian van der Hulst in 4:47.33,96

Swimmer, Time, Name boat, Name skipper

3 Drills for Open Water Swimming

The original article by By Jim Vance is posted on Active.com since ???

One of the most common group workouts involves gathering with friends and heading out into the open water for a swim. When the weather is warm, this can become a weekly ceremony where athletes just enjoy getting out in the open water.

Most athletes will perform these sessions unstructured, with the focus being simple aerobic development and socializing. What these athletes are missing out on is a great opportunity to gain sport-specific skills for open-water swimming. This can easily be accomplished by giving the workout some structure.

Here are some simple open-water drills and skills to practice the next time your group heads for the ocean, lake, river or even a lane-line-less pool.
Surf Entry

Start on the beach and run into the water. Count the steps from the time your foot first touches the water until the water becomes too deep to hold your speed and you must start swimming.

The least known most winning swimmer in the world

The original article by Roman Mica is posted (with picture) on Examiner since August 4, 6:00 PM.

Sure, Lance Armstrong has won seven Tour de France Titles.

But marathon swimmer Petar Stoychev might say to this: "what, only seven wins?"

The Bulgarian swimmer has just won the Marathon Swimming World Cup for the ninth successive time.

That makes him one of the best and most winning open water swimmer of all time.

He won the recent 32 km open water race with a time of 6:36:29.

Did you get that? A 32 K swim in a time of just over six and a half hours!

Can you image swimming 32 K (or just swimming for over 6 hours straight) in a sport where the only swimsuit you can wear is a classic Speedo style suit? Forget the fancy new wetsuit style swimwear that all of the pool swimmers are wearing. Think more along the lines of a big swath of waterproof suntan lotion to keep from burning.

Can Your Brain Fight Fatigue?

The original article by Gretchen Reynolds is posted (with picture) on New York Times blogs since July 15, 2009, 10:30 am

Recently, researchers in England discovered that simply rinsing your mouth with a sports drink may fight fatigue. In the experiment, which was published online in February in the Journal of Physiology, eight well-trained cyclists completed a strenuous, all-out time trial on stationary bicycles in a lab. The riders were hooked up to machines that measured their heart rate and power output. Throughout the ride, the cyclists swished various liquids in their mouths but did not swallow. Some of the drinks contained carbohydrates, the primary fuel used during exercise. The other drinks were just flavored, sugar-free water.

Weather prediction in the Channel

A message from Michael Oram from the CS&PF

Weather links - just a few of the ones we use to try and work out what is going to happen.
Just remember that wave height is not directly related to wind speed and wind direction has a lot to do with the sea conditions.

Swimsuit Competition At The World Championships

source: 10kswimmer

Because of the technical swimsuit controversy in pool swimming, we thought it would be interesting to see what technical swimsuits were worn by the open water swimmers at the 2009 World Swimming Championships.

We noted the swimsuits of all the swimmers in the 5K and 10K races.

Before the start of each race, the swimmers walked approximately 100 meters from the call room to the water's edge.

This gave us plenty of time to correctly identify and count the swimsuits worn by the open water swimmers. If there was any doubt as to what manufacturer made a swimsuit, we did not count in any manufacturer's total. The results of two races are listed below:

The participants in the women's 5K race wore the following:

16 swimmers wore blueseventy
16 swimmers wore Arena
8 swimmers wore Speedo
2 swimmers wore swimsuits that could not be identified
1 swimmer wore TYR
1 swimmer wore Diana

The participants in the men's 10K race wore the following:

Coping With Cold-Water Swimming

The original article by Kevin Koskella is posted on competitor.com since July 08 2009.

I’ll be the first to say, I hate the cold! Cold air, and especially cold water. Even after 14 years of competitive swimming, I never once got used to or enjoyed jumping into a cold pool.

These days, I prefer open water swimming to pool swimming, but refuse to get in our local Pacific Ocean until it gets up around 66 degrees or so. Anything below that and I’m known to turn various shades of purple!

Cold water cannot only be unpleasant and draining, but can also be dangerous. A couple of months ago here in Southern California, a swimmer had to be rescued because of the frigid conditions. The point is that it’s always best to do your open water swim training with a partner just in case!

Facts and figures about the FINA World OW Championships

source: www.fina.org
• Open Water Swimming made its entry onto the programme of the FINA World Championships in 1991. In Perth (AUS), only the men’s and women’s 25km were held, with the first world gold medals in this discipline going to Chad Hundeby (USA) among men, and Shelley Taylor-Smith (AUS) in the women’s field;

• Over the years, there was significant evolution in the programme of open water events at the World Championships: in Rome 1994, the same event (25km) for men and women was contested, while in 1998 (Perth) a 5km race also for men and women was added to the programme. Finally, from 2001 (Fukuoka), the schedule of events was definitively established, with three races for men and women: 5km, 10km and 25km;

Zahra's mission foiled

The original article by Haliza Hashim-Doyle (with picture) is posted on Malay Mail since Thursday, July 2nd, 2009 10:11:00

ZAHRA Ma’soumah Abdul Halim’s bid to swim across the English Channel ended in disappointment, with strong currents overcoming her determination. She was forced to swim off course after more than five hours. However, although Zahra managed to get back on track, she was coaxed to abort her courageous mission after 12 hours.

The 17-year-old student had swam half the journey and had in fact crossed the French border. Her destination was Calais, France but the unpredictable sea conditions saw her heading towards Holland.

How do you get to swim the English Channel? Practice, practice, practic

The original article by Jocelyn Stone (with picture) on Examiner.com since June 30, 10:02 PM.

Have you ever had a goal that seems completely insurmountable? Maybe you’ve even put it aside because it seems impossible?

Imagine jumping into 60-degree water. Behind you is Dover, England. Ahead of you, 21 miles ahead to be exact, is Cap Gris Nez, France. In 10 to 12 hours (estimated average), after maneuvering strong tides, jellyfish, and garbage, if all the right conditions are in alignment, you will emerge victorious having swum the English Channel.

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